This Sausage Minestrone Soup is great any time. Just add your favorite grilled cheese, muffins or cornbread for a meal.  You could substitute chicken or just about any meat in this soup. We love it on a cold day because it is such comfort food.

1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage, cut in rounds

1/4 cup butter or 4 tablespoons

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 (15.25 ounce) can black beans, rinsed (could use kidney beans, chili beans or just about any kind of beans)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups rotini pasta, uncooked (could use macaroni or shells)

Brown the sausage, green pepper, onion and celery in the butter in a skillet on top of the stove.  Remove and add to your soup pot along with carrots, beans, chicken broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to simmer for about 30 minutes or until carrots are cooked.  Add the pasta and cook for another 10 to 12 minutes until pasta is tender.  This soup keeps well in the fridge for several days and is good reheated.  Makes about 10 to 12 servings. Enjoy!

You can find other soup recipes here: Soups and Stews

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