Italian Sausage Soup

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(You can omit sausage for a Minestrone style soup)

Ingredients:

1/2 to 1lb Sausage– links or bulk (I prefer Italian Sweet)
1 diced onion
3-5 cloves garlic (depending on your taste)
1 Zucchini (thinly sliced)
6-10 mini carrots or reg carrots
1-2 Stalks Celery
2 cans chicken broth
1 16oz can Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
1 12oz can tomato sauce
1 can white beans or kidney beans (your choice)
1 Tlbs. Pesto
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Cups Cooked Pasta — optional

DIRECTIONS:

1. Brown Sausage, then add onion, garlic (cook for 2-3 mins on Med-High until Onions are tender (stir to make sure it doesn’t burn), add pesto when it’s almost brown and stir w/ sausage

2. Thinly slice veggies while above items are cooking

3.ADD Chicken Broth, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, veggies & bring to a boil, then reduce to LOW and simmer about an Hour loosely covered with lid. Then add beans and continue to simmer for 1/2 hr.

4. Before serving add pasta to each serving bowl if you choose (cook Pasta separately from soup while soup is simmering).

*** This Recipe also Freezes Well! (but Don’t Freeze w/ Pasta)

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