Turkey Sausage Minestrone



1 tbsp olive oil

1 Large white onion, cut into bite-size pieces

1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed

3 Cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp tomato paste, no-salt added

1 qt low-sodium, nonfat chicken broth

1 (14-oz) can stewed tomatoes, no-salt added, undrained

1 c zucchini, thinly sliced

1 (10-oz) packet frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper

6 oz elbow macaroni, dry

1 lb HOT ITALIAN TURKEY SAUSAGE, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces

1/4 c Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

As needed fresh basil sprigs for garnish


Over medium-high heat, in a soup pot, heat olive oil. Add onion, garlic and fennel seed. Cook about 5 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste, chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, basil, pepper and macaroni. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, over medium heat, brown sausage slices and cook until all pink color disappears.

Portion into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 439 g

Total Calories 320

Calories from Fat 100

Total Fat 11 g

% Daily Total Fat 15

Saturated Fat 3 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 15

Cholesterol 60 g

% Daily Cholesterol 20

Sodium 980 mg

% Daily Sodium 40

Total Carbohydrates 32 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 10

Dietary Fiber 4 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 15

Sugars 6 g

Protein 24 g

% Daily Protein 120

% Daily Vitamin C 50

% Daily Calcium 20

% Daily Iron 20