Low-Cal Minestrone Soup

Below is a recipe for low-cal minestrone soup. The pictures are my own, and I the recipe tasted great to me. I would definitely make this again and it was not too difficult to cook. It is from a Christian Light Publication book cited at the bottom of this post.

IngredientsLow-Cal Minestrone Soup Ingredients

  • 2/3 c chopped onion
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 lb turkey sausage
  • 1/2 c fresh parsley
  • 1/4 t powdered garlic
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t salt, or to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 c chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) whole tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 c elbow macaroni
  • 1 can northern beans

DirectionsLow-Cal Minestrone Soup

In a large kettle, over low-medium heat, saute onion in oil until tender – about four minutes. Add the next seven ingredients. Cook until sausage is no longer pink. Add the broth and vegetables and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for ten minutes. Add the beans and simmer three or four minutes more or until heated through.

Yield: 16 one-cup servings

Hint: Make chicken broth with 6 c water and 6 t chicken bouillon.

This is a filling soup, but one cup equals only 170 calories.


Christian Light Education. HOME EC LU 4, Meal Planning, Preparation, and Presentation. Sunrise Edition. Christian Light Publications, Inc. Harrisonburg: VA, 2008.

ISBN 0-87813-942-7 – Learn to Cook and Sew … with a Home Economics Course – Home Economics I Christian Light Education LightUnit 4 – www.clp.org

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