The Best Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage

All the classic flavors of minestrone soup kicked up a notch with Italian sausage and topped with Parmesan cheese. At under 400 calories per serving, this thick and hearty soup loaded with vegetables will become a family favorite!

During the cold winter months in Utah, I love to have soup for dinner.

However, my husband thinks that in order to have soup as a main dish, it has to be VERY thick and hearty.

I love that this soup is loaded with vegetables and flavor, but it’s hearty enough to be a chili!

It’s filling, it’s delicious, and it has become one of our most favorite soup recipes.

We always serve this soup with our Easy Homemade French Bread and it’s the perfect combination! Our 30 Minute Rolls are also a quick and easy side dish to go with this soup.

How to make Minestrone Soup with Sausage:

The directions for this soup are fairly simple. Just a few steps and you will have dinner on the table in no time!

  1. In a large skillet, brown sausage in a skillet until fully cooked; drain grease.
  2. In a large stock pot, add beef broth, water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, kidney beans, celery, carrots, onion salt, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning; simmer until vegetables become tender (about 20-30 minutes).
  3. In a separate pot, cook 8-10 ounces of any pasta according to directions (we use shell pasta in this recipe, but any kind will do). When noodles are done, add to soup and mix in cooked sausage.
  4. If desired, top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve. It’s that easy!

How to make this soup healthier:

  • Make this soup using Italian Turkey Sausage to lower fat and calories
  • Use low-sodium canned items (such as beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce)
  • Use whole wheat pasta
  • Cut the amount of pasta used in half to reduce carbs (or omit pasta completely)
  • Add in diced zucchini
  • Add in 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach (it will shrink down as it cooks)
  • Add in some chopped broccoli and cauliflower
  • Add in 1-2 cups shredded cabbage


What are the nutrition facts of this soup?

This soup makes 6 generous servings. These nutrition facts are generated using Italian Turkey Sausage and do not include the Parmesan topping (because the amount of cheese used on top will vary).

Per serving, this soup has 370 calories, 10.3 g of fat, 43.4 g of carbs, 6.7 g of fiber, and 24.2 g of protein.

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Serves: 8

Minestrone and Sausage Soup

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can red kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 (10 ounce) package small shell pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Brown sausage in skillet until fully cooked; drain excess grease.
  2. In a large stock pot add beef broth, water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, celery, carrots, onion salt, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. Simmer until veggies become tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. In a separate pot, cook pasta according to directions. When noodles are done, add to soup and mix in cooked sausage.
  4. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve.



3052 cal


44 g


424 g


215 g
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9 Responses to “The Best Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage”

  1. beverley
    i wish you would do this recipe using all fresh ingredients... no canned tomatoes or beans. i have been changing the way i cook from getting away from processed foods and canned anything....yes i know sometimes there is no time to make everything from scratch but this would be lovely with fresh products and then it can be stored in the freezer which would then be a simple quick and grab meal during a busy week. cant wait to try this with all fresh ingredients.......

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