The Meal Planner

I happened to get a 3 lb package of Italian sausage 50% off last summer and came home with my loot and froze it. My love for Italian sausage knows no bounds, but my knowledge of recipes that use the savory meat is limited. I went on a search and bookmarked all kinds of recipes, even ones that I wouldn't normally try. This recipe was one of those ones. I'm a Go Big or Go Home kind of girl when it comes to spices and combining flavors but since a friend had passed on some carrots and zucchini from her garden I tried this soup. Not my usual style; there's no fresh herbs, no dried spices, no addition of condiments lurking in the fridge. Just meat, vegetables and broth.

Much to my surprise, I had to have 3rd and 4th helpings of this soup. The flavor is incredible!
The spices in the Italian sausage marries with the broth and vegetables creating a soup so delicious it is now at the top of my favorites list.

I shredded the carrots and zucchini in order to disguise them from my 2 1/2 year old, but doing so also has the added benefit of cooking up in a snap.

Recipe slightly modified from Recipezaar

Serves 4-6

1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups beef broth
1 14 1/2 oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 cup carrot, shredded
1 14 1/2 oz can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 small zucchini, shredded
2 cups baby spinach, packed and rinsed
Salt and pepper

In a large pot over medium high heat add your Italian sausage. Brown the sausage with the garlic for about 6-8 minutes breaking it up while it's cooking. Add the beef broth, tomatoes, carrots, white kidney beans and zucchini. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste the broth and see if it needs any salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach. The residual heat of the soup will wilt the spinach. Serve.

Click here for printable version of Italian Sausage Soup

Soups are perfect for cold weather and since it has been -35 C here this soup NEEDS to be the remedy. Doctors orders for frosty bodies and tempting tummies.

I submitted this recipe to Gayle's Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap
and the $5 Dinner Challenge.

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27 Responses
  1. I feel the same way about Italian sausage. I have to stop myself from finding a way to use it in every dish! Your broth looks so rich and flavorful.

  2. Looks great! I love Italian sausage too. I need a bowl of this for lunch today - it's SO cold outside!

  3. LaFleur Says:

    My husband is a sausage fiend too! I really like the idea of shredding some of the veggies! I'm going to have to try that sometime :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    This looks so good. We raise all of our own meat and a friend turns some of it into sausage for us. Freezer full of sausage, can't wait to try it!

  5. I'm totally in soup mode right now. This one looks fantastic! How can you miss when you add Italian sausage?

  6. Drick Says:

    great soup, I make just about the same one..........great for cold weather

  7. wasabi prime Says:

    Great winter recipe. Hearty and healthy!

  8. Unknown Says:

    Yum! This looks so good, clear clean broth with the sausage and veggies. Would love a bowl of this on any cold day :D

  9. Teresa Says:

    Yum! I'm going to try this one for lunch today!

  10. I adore Italian sausage soup the way my mom makes it, so I will have to try this recipe! It's gorgeous, nutritious, and delicious all within a small budget! I'm in college, so I eat as cheaply as I can. Thanks for the great recipe - I can't wait to try it!

  11. Terry Says:

    I made this dish tonight and it was FABULOUS! A definite keeper. I used ground turkey instead of the sausage because I am counting my calories but other than that...outstanding!!

  12. Serena Says:

    Looks amazing, and is making me long for something other than my boring salad right about now:)

    Seriously Soupy Serena

  13. Thanks for the compliments everyone!

    Terry - I'm glad you had success! I hadn't thought of using ground turkey, great idea. Did you add any extra spices?

  14. Terry Says:

    Interestingly enough I didn't add anything to it other than just change out the sausage from turkey. The rest of the ingredients were so flavorful.

  15. Andrea AB Says:

    I am making this right now and my kitchen smells amazing!! What a wonderful dish--thank you for sharing!

  16. Terry thanks for the tip.

    Andrea I seriously love the smell of my house when this soup is cooking too :)

  17. PerryBlog Says:

    Just made this soup and had to post a comment. It was terrific! I was skeptical that it only needed to simmer for 15 minutes and didn't include a lot of ingredients or spices. I used mild Italian sausage and cut the zucchini instead of shredding. I didn't add any salt or pepper, so much flavor. I also boiled some pasta to add for my 3 y.o. daughter, but she even ate it without it. Very good!

  18. PerryBlog - I know what you mean about being skeptical! I was too...where's the spices? All the flavors work so well together they just marry into their own magical flavor. I'm glad you liked it!

  19. Vickie Says:

    This looks divine! I'm getting the stuff to make this tonight. beautiful photos, too!

  20. Richelle Says:

    This was delish! Thanks Kin!

  21. Katie Says:

    Yum, yum, yum! I LOVE italian sausage soup!

  22. Thanks Vickie and Kat.

    Richelle, I'm glad you guys liked it.

  23. LZF Says:

    Loved this soup when I ate it with The Meal Planner. Tried it at home with double the veggies ('cause I love me some veggies) which turned it almost into a stew... still delicious. And it cooks up in a snap.

    I must say that I think the quality of your italian sausage matters. I bought some "hot" sausage from Walmart (where I typically do not buy groceries) and the flavour wasn't quite as nice as the version I first tried. Still good, just not quite as zesty.

  24. Lindsey - I totally agree with you. I think the quality of your Italian sausage makes a difference since the spices inside are what flavor the entire dish. And if you are going to substitute ground turkey like Terry did, I would probably also add some fennel seeds, red pepper flakes and garlic to make up for the lack of seasonings.

  25. Viviane Says:

    Merci pour la recette. thanks for te recipe.

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  27. Andria Scott Says:

    I love Italian foods. This looks so delicious. I will try this soup very soon. Thanks for the recipe.