I love soup! I don’t know where this love came from but even as a kid I had a strong love affair with soup. I remember the first thing I ever cooked when I got an apartment was soup. As I got older I leared that homemade soup is SO MUCH better then the stuff out of a can. Since Fall has set in here in Southern NY and Winter is not far behind I  have broken out the big soup pot and started looking for new recipies. Recently I make Minestone soup, it came out great and it was so simple. I found the recipe here. The only think I changed was I added sausage (because Josh won’t eat a meal with no meat) and a subsituted kale for the spinach as I think it holds up better in a soup. Oh and I did it on the stove and not in a slow cooker.


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white (cannellini or navy) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of kale chopped
  • 1lb sausage (or ground beef)


 Saute sausage or ground beef til brown. Add in carrots and onion and saute til slightly soft. Add in tomatoes, broth and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer about an hour or so. 30 minutes before you want to serve chop zucchini and kale and add to the pot along with beans. Serve with any noodles you like or rice.

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