Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Recipe: Minestrone Soup With Sausage

As you all know, I'm really, extra, super busy.
That is totally not a complaint.  I love being busy.
I also dislike eating out for health reasons and to save money.
In order to make this possible with my ridiculous work schedule, I cook in advance.
On a Sunday, you will find me in the kitchen cooking massive amounts of something.
This Sunday I happened to make MyMan's favorite, homemade Minestrone Soup.
I used to make this vegan style, but that did not fill up my Cuban.

Easy Minestrone Soup With Sausage
This makes for a very large pot of soup.  I freeze the leftover soup (less pasta) for later.

2lbs Cheese and Parsley Sausage Ring
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
(1) 16oz Can Diced Tomatoes
(2) 8oz Cans Kidney Beans
(1) 8oz Can Cannellini Beans
(1/2) Cup Parmesan Cheese
2.5lbs Potatoes
1 Bag Baby Carrots
2 LARGE boxes of Chicken Broth
2-3 Cups Water
1.5 Tsp Dried Oregano
2 Heavy Shakes of Red Pepper Flakes
1Tbsp Dried Parsley
1 Tbsp Dried Basil
Salt (I use Lawry's Seasoned Salt for extra flavor)

Cut the casing off of all the sausage.  Brown the sausage and separate it until it crumbles.  Drain and put in a large pot.  Peel and dice your potatoes and put in the pot.  Cut your carrots and place in pot along with all the other listed ingredients.  Make sure that all the ingredients are covered with chicken broth, if not, add 2-3 cups of water.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and cook for 2 hours.
In the words of MushyFace, Yummy Yummy Yummy!

I then boil a half pound of ditalini pasta and serve it with the soup.
Do not add the pasta to the large pot of soup because you will need to freeze the leftovers less the pasta.
This should make for 2-3 full meals depending on how many people you are filling up.
Feel free to add a dollop of ricotta.  Ohh how I love ricotta on everything.

Do you cook in bulk to freeze for later?  If so, what?
If you give me a recipe, I'll try it and post how it came out later.  I'm always up for something new!


  1. While your soup sounds absolutely delicious, I'd much rather see a picture of that adorable face than your soup :) Such a cutie, Jax!!

    1. lol MushyFace stole the show. Thanks, Elsie!

  2. I cook my chicken up for the week, wash all the veggies for the week and done, easy peasy haha

    1. Sigh...this kills me. You know how I love to make people eat until they pop... hahahaha

  3. Soup? What soup? That flower is stealing the show! Awwww.....

    1. lol! Her face is extra mushy in this costume. She was the cutest, waddling flower ever. :)

  4. The only things I know how to make are Italian food...but since you're Italian, it wouldn't be half as good as anything you make!

    We don't have the freezer space for that. It would be easier, but we have a tiny freezer divided by three people and 1/4 of it is ice!

    1. Im sure its just as good!! Do you guys take turns cooking, or do you order out a lot?

    2. I do most of the cooking, but we do order out pretty often. Our schedules are pretty different so by the time we're both home, we're exhausted and almost starving.

  5. I don't think I've even frozen anything I've ever made.

    1. Really? Its a lifesaver!! Frozen soups and stews make for a real quick, home cooked meal one night.

  6. i love minestrone!! and that's the cutest flower i've ever seen!! :)

  7. Okay what she's the cutest thing ever!! And when did she get so big?!

    1. I know! I keep telling her to stop growing, but she doesn't listen!

  8. Hi Jax....
    Came over via Blue's blog.....
    Your mushy face is a dolly♥️
    Might try your recipe....been looking for some new soup recipes!
    Feel free to pop over to mine!
    Have a great day!
    Linda :o)

    1. Oh, how nice of Blue to share :) We like new visitor's here. Thanks for stopping by.

      If you try the recipe, let me know. It's sooo yummy and it will be your easy night off meal real quick. haha

  9. I've said it before and I'll say it again...soup is good food. Especially Minestrone soup. MushFace is as cute as the dickens.

    1. Isn't she?? She's almost too cute. She gets away with everything with those cheeks!! haha

  10. I agree with you, I like to keep myself busy as well and try not to eat out as much as I can- the money adds up!!

  11. Yes! It kills me to spend that much money for cooked food in a probably dirty kitchen. Bleh

  12. sadly, no, as a vegetarian I don't really have meals that can be frozen, especially since I rarely eat liquid dishes outside soups. Only once a year when I make traditional Serbian dish 'sarma' I make more to freeze a box or two.

  13. She is the most cute little flower:)
    When the twins were little I made the food but always freeze!
    Of course with twins :)
    I travel with little freeze foods jars to both:)
    Omy and now they eat only they want!
    Esperanza is vegetarian and Gerardo loves meat:))

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