Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time40 mins
  • Makes5 adult servings
Hearty Sausage and Quinoa Minestrone

Photo: Maya Visnyei

Perfect for the cooler months, this hearty quinoa minestrone soup eats like a meal and is a breeze to put together.


  • 2 Italian sausages, casings removed

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced

  • 1 celery stalk, diced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 796-mL can diced tomatoes

  • 1 900-mL carton low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa

  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 2 cups packed spinach


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium. Crumble in sausage meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 min. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic to pan. Cook until onion starts to soften, about 3 min.

  • Add tomatoes, broth, quinoa and Italian seasoning. Gently boil until quinoa is cooked, about 20 min. Stir in spinach until just wilted, about 1 min.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 198, Protein 11g, Carbohydrates 17g, Fat 10g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 948mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November 2014 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen.

This article was originally published on Nov 10, 2015

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