50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 2

This firehouse favorite is both hearty and light with great flavor. Your family will love it.

Tim
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large pot, melt butter and brown the sausage slices; drain fat. Stir flour into sausage then mix in chicken broth, tomatoes, basil and oregano; bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer approximately 20 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked. Add zucchini slices and pasta. Continue cooking until zucchini and pasta are done.

Nutrition Facts

736 calories; 57.2 g total fat; 113 mg cholesterol; 1673 mg sodium. 27.7 g carbohydrates; 25.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
I made this recipe exactly as Tim had written it. The only change I made was that I doubled it for a church potluck. I made it the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator until morning and then heated in my electric pot. I came home from church with an empty bowl and requests from at least 6-8 people who want the recipe. My family also tasted it and thought it was great. Thanks Tim.
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2004
Was good but not great. Lots of Zucchini but was more broth like than stew like. Itried to thicken in up with some cornstarch but I guess I didn't add enough or whatever but I was so hungry I couldn't wait for it to thicken. Also I couldn't find the pasta he was talking about I used soy elbow's instead. Was very good. Might use rice next time. Added onions red and green peppers and garlic like some reviewers suggested.
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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2003
This is very good! Does not say what kind of sausage to use so I used mild italian only 1 pound because that's all I had. I used 4 small cans of low salt chicken broth(less than stated) and 28oz can Contadina crushed tomatoes in puree. Since I didn't use full amount of broth I figured I better cut back on seasoning so I used only half of each. I didn't have zucchini so I added a bag of frozen green beans with carrots. You could probaly use peas too. As it cooked I wanted it a little thicker so I added one more tablespoon flour mixed with a little water. This may be a little spicey for young ones but my family loved it. Serve with bisquits and it's a great meal! Thanks Tim we really enjoyed this!
(50)
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2003
Was very pleased with this soup/stew. Has quickly become one of our favorites.
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2003
I added an onion and 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 green pepper 1/2 a red pepper. I also added celery seed and red hot chili peppers. I really enjoyed this recipe especially with what I added. It was easy and very yummy. I will make this over and over again.
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2009
After being out of town for a week I wasn't in the mood for grocery shopping yet still needed to come up with something quick healthy and satisfying for supper and this was it - coming home to find zucchini and peppers in my garden was a godsend. In no time flat and with very little effort I had a wholesome delicious meal on the table. This is a great starter recipe one that allows for great latitude with your own tastes and ingredients in mind. I removed the casings from three Italian sausage links browned it then drained and rinsed it to remove the excess grease. I returned the sausage to the pan along with chopped onion green pepper and garlic and cooked that in olive oil until the vegetables were almost tender. I didn't measure exactly but added some of my own marinara sauce from my garden the chicken broth an Italian seasoning blend to taste and a healthy splash of red wine. I did not use the flour. I let that simmer for about half and hour and the aroma was wonderful! Added the zucchini and acini di pepe as directed in the recipe and at the last added a can of cannellini beans. Ladled into big soup bowls and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese this was a quick impromptu meal to be proud of.
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
I made this recipe exactly as Tim had written it. The only change I made was that I doubled it for a church potluck. I made it the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator until morning and then heated in my electric pot. I came home from church with an empty bowl and requests from at least 6-8 people who want the recipe. My family also tasted it and thought it was great. Thanks Tim.
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I wasn't sure what type of sausage to use either-I had a choice of kielbasa or Italian and I choose Italian (1.5 lbs). Took reviewer "Berrieboo's" advice and added chopped onion minced garlic chopped red and green bell pepper and some celery seed. I think fennel seeds would also be a great addition if your not already using Italian sausage (some already have fennel seeds in the sausage). Also no Acini de Pepe pasta so I used 3/4 cup of small egg noodles. Came out great! This was a warming lunch = esspecially since MN weather went from 87 degrees on Monday to snow today!! Thanks Tim!!
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2010
I changed a bit of the ingredients on this recipe. I used Polish sausage and maybe just half the amount called for. I don't have zucchini & acini di pepe pasta at home so I use cucumber & spiral pasta instead. Once the 20 mins simmer is up I put the spiral pasta in & simmer for another 10 mins & follow by the cucumber for another 10 mins. The taste is great & the cucumber is still crunchy.
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2005
This recipe is now in my regular rotation. It is SO good really delicious and everyone in my family cheers when they hear it is for dinner. It makes a lot and even with my family of four hearty eaters there are always leftovers (hurray). It would make a great potluck dish except for the need for bowls. I use kielbasa (though I made it once with Italian sausage and that was good too) and tend to put a bit more zucchini in and double the amount of the pasta. If you can find that particular kind of pasta I encourage you to use it.
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2010
Really simple and delicious. My 5 year old goes in spurts with his eating and when he's not eating much for more than a couple days I make him this soup. He absolutely loves it and usually asks for seconds.
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