Spicy Sausage Pesto Minestrone




Yield 10 servings

This healthy and super flavorful soup is packed with veggies plus sausage for some spice, and I've added gluten free pasta as well.


Soup Ingredients


  1. Get your minestrone started by making sure all of your veggies are cut, so they’re ready for you. Then heat a large pot over medium heat with 1 t. Grapeseed Oil. Add the sausage to the pan along with 1 T. red pepper flakes to make the sausage spicy, and then cook for about 8 minutes or until the sausage is brown. Then drain off any excess oil in the pot.


  2. Add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, green beans, and zucchini to the sausage, and then cook for 2-3 minutes. Once the onions start to become translucent, add about a teaspoon each of dried thyme and dried basil. Then stir and cook another minute.


  3. Add the broth, water, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, plus the drained and rinsed beans to the pot and then stir. Bring the soup to a light boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for at least 20 minutes.


  4. While the soup simmers, cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Then when the pasta is al dente, drain it in a colander, rinse it with cold water, and then toss with a little extra-virgin olive oil so that it keeps the pasta from sticking.


  5. After the soup finishes simmering, add the 2 cups of kale to the pot and then stir and cook another 2 minutes.


  6. To serve the soup, add 1/2 cup of pasta to a bowl, ladle in the soup over the pasta, and stir. Then top with 1 T. of pesto and a few crumbles of goat cheese and enjoy!


Quick Tip #1: Be sure to make the pasta in a separate bowl, and then store it separately in the refrigerator. If you leave it in the soup, it'll cause the soup to become really thick. I like to store my pasta in a plastic bag.

Quick Tip #2: Keep it dairy free by removing the goat cheese and using a vegan pesto (I picked up a great one at Trader Joe's). Keep it gluten free by using gluten free pasta and making sure your sausage is gluten free.

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Soup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size About 1/10th of Soup Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 340

% Daily Value

Total Fat 11 g


Saturated Fat 4 g


Cholesterol 25 mg


Sodium 923 mg


Total Carbohydrates 43 g


Dietary Fiber 7 g


Sugars 6 g

Protein 15 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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