Friday, January 14, 2011

Easy Minestrone Soup

1/2 lb sausage, sage flavored
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup macaroni
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Brown sausage in pan, remove to paper towel to drain off excess oil.

2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add in zucchini, green beans, and diced tomatoes. Stir in vegetable broth and water. Add beans, macaroni, oregano, and basil, along with sausage. Simmer until vegetables and macaroni are tender-about 35 minutes.

2. Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm.

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