Sausage minestrone

Bulk out this chunky vegetable soup with hearty sausage and cannellini beans, then serve with our tapenade ciabatta toasts

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 393
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 32g
  • sugars 19g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 14g
  • salt 2.4g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 6 carrots, roughly diced
  • 4 celery sticks, roughly diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 8 good-quality sausages, skins removed and sausagemeat broken into walnut-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • large pack parsley, roughly chopped
  • Tapenade toast (see 'goes well with'), to serve


  1. Put the oil, onions, carrots, celery and garlic in a large saucepan. Cook gently over a low heat for 15 mins or until soft. Meanwhile, tip the sausage pieces into a non-stick frying pan, turn up the heat and sizzle for a few mins to brown. Put to one side.

  2. Stir tomato purée through the soft vegetables and cook for 1 min more. Pour in the tomatoes, 3½ cans of water and the stock cube. Stir and simmer for 10 mins. Add the sausage pieces and beans, and bubble down for 10 mins until sausages are cooked through. Season and stir in the sugar, vinegar and parsley. Spoon into bowls, adding a Tapenade toast (see 'goes well with') to float, and a drizzle more olive oil, if you like.

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