Cajun Minestrone with Italian Sausage

A Cajun spin on traditional minestrone soup, this recipe contains Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese, rice, bell pepper, celery, onions, black-eyed peas and Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix with Rice. Hearty and tasty altogether.

Cajun Minestrone

Test Kitchen Tip: Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 package ZATARAIN'S® Gumbo Mix with Rice
  • 1/2 cup small pasta, such as ditalini or small shells
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until browned.
  2. Add celery, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until vegetables begin to softened.
  3. Stir in tomato, water, Rice Mix and pasta. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add black-eyed peas; cook 5 minutes longer.

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 40 min | Servings: 11 servings, 1 cup each

Nutrition information (Amount per serving) Calories: 242 Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 965mg Protein: 11g Total Fat: 10g Fiber: 3g Carbohydrate: 27g

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Zatarain's