Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)

I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s okay with me ’cause I love fall colors.

And while we don’t have true chilly, fall weather (lately we’ve had very warm days in the 80s) it does cool off at night — to about 50. The crisp air is so pleasant. It’s made even moreso with a pot of bubbling soup or some other harvest-type menu. This recipe is one of FishPapa’s very favorites. It makes use of lots of vegetables as well as Italian spices. It’s a stick-to-yer-ribs kind of meal. No matter where you live, you’ll want to try our Minestrone!

This is a fantastic recipe for the crockpot! Saute in a frying pan as recipe directs, but then combine all ingredients, except noodles and meat, in the crockpot. Turn pot to low and allow to simmer during the day. Twenty minutes before serving time, adjust seasonings, turn heat to high and add pasta and meat. Leaving the cover off also allows soup to thicken slightly.

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Related posts:
(Never) Too Many Pumpkins
How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Recipe Swap Revue (past swaps and a schedule for future recipe exchanges)
The Meat and Potatoes Edition

PS It looks like BooMama is hosting a soup swap, so hop over there for some soup/crockpot inspiration.

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  1. JessieLeigh says:

    This looks perfect for a chilly day! I love minestrone… and pasta fagiole (pretty sure I spelled that wrong : )), but I haven’t found the “perfect” recipe for that one yet…

  2. Ditto everything JessieLeigh said above. Exactly what I was going to say! Wow, all of our great minds think alike, right!?

  3. mommykerrie says:

    Yeah! Here’s my version of Shepherd’s Pie:

    Also, I used my CVS extra card in new and obscene ways the other night! got deodorant and soap for Mac Daddy, and got back $4 extra care bucks; bought cold meds for the kids (always need those) and got back $10. i wouldn’t have thought of it without frugal little FishMama on my shoulder!

  4. delicious! Love the addition of Italian sausage to the soup.

  5. This Soup is amazing. I never got it right before until today.. i just wasn’t brave enough with the herbs and oil. thanks xo

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