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Hearty Minestrone with Shells

All You DECEMBER 2009

  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.41


  • 8 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 4 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped fresh Swiss chard
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 ounces medium-size pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper


1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon until no traces of pink remain, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer meat to paper towels; drain fat from pot. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook, stirring, until vegetables have softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes with juice and 3 cups water and bring to a simmer. Add green beans and chard and simmer until very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in beans, pasta and reserved sausage and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Stir in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrate: 31g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 1056mg

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Hearty Minestrone with Shells Recipe