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Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup

This Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup has a delicious flavor and comes together very quickly. It’s perfect for nights that you don’t have much time to make supper. Keep the ingredients ready in your pantry and freezer, and you’ll always be able to make this family favorite!

Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup

Some of the recipes I post on this blog are fairly new creations for me, but others I’ve been making for years. This Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup fits into the latter category. I’ve been making this soup for many years – way before I even met my husband. I think my mom originally gave me the recipe, after someone else gave it to her. Like all things, I’ve put my own spin on it over the years.

Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup

I prefer to make this soup with turkey sausage. It has just as much flavor, and makes your soup less greasy. However, depending on where I’m shopping, it’s not always easy to find turkey Italian sausage. I’ve made it with regular pork Italian sausage just as often, and it turns out just fine, but I do sometimes skim the extra grease off the top of the soup. It’s also up to you whether you use hot or mild Italian sausage. I usually use mild for my kids sake. I would prefer hot myself, but I usually just end up sprinkling extra chili flakes into my bowl. The final choice you will have to make when you make this soup is what type of greens you will use. I prefer spinach, but I will use kale when I have leftovers hanging around (which was what happened when I made this batch in the pictures). Just note that if you do use kale, you will need to cook it just a little bit longer to get it tender.

Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup
Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup
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Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup

This Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup has a delicious flavor and comes together very quickly. It’s perfect for nights that you don’t have much time to make supper. Keep the ingredients ready in your pantry and freezer, and you’ll always be able to make this family favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 240kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound turkey Italian sausage (see note)
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp dried rosemary and 1/2 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, use more if you want it extra spicy)
  • 1 cup dry whole wheat pasta (use gluten free pasta to make this recipe gluten free)
  • 1 piece of Parmesan cheese rind or some grated Parmesan
  • 5 cups baby spinach (see note)

Instructions

  • Slice sausage casing down the length of the sausage. Remove casing. Brown the sausage over medium heat, breaking up pieces with a spoon.
  • Add the chicken stock, tomatoes and their juice, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, pasta and Parmesan rind (if using). Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is done.
  • Stir in the spinach until it is wilted (about 1-2 minutes). Depending on the size of your pot, you may need to do this in 2 batches. Serve soup with grated Parmesan if desired.

Notes

Turkey Italian Sausage can be found in the meat department of your grocery store. It will either be with all the other sausages, or with the turkey products. If you can’t find it, you can use regular pork Italian sausage instead.
For the pasta use a smaller shape like shells, fusilli or macaroni.
Instead of spinach, you can use stemmed, chopped kale (or baby kale). Increase cooking time by 2-4 minutes in step 3 if using kale.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal
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Italian Sausage Soup Nutrition Info

Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Soup Nutrition Notes:

The above nutrition information uses turkey sausage for its calculations. If you use regular (pork) sausage, your soup will likely have more fat (including saturated fat) and calories. Some brands have more fat than others, so if you do use pork sausage and you find that it makes your soup very greasy, let the extra oil settle on the top and skim it off. The recipe makes 6 moderately sized bowls of soup. Serve with a green salad to make a complete meal.

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5 Comments

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    Julie
    March 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    This looks fabulous! My daughter and I were just in Africa and I enjoyed the food and the spices enormously! We should have you all over for a meal cooked in the tajine!

    • Reply
      Carissa
      March 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      That would be great Julie; I think tajines are so cool-looking, but I have never actually used one. Would love to see one in action!

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    Julie
    March 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Overkill on the “!” I just noticed. πŸ™‚

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    Becky Eubanks
    June 19, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Is this recipe 4 servings or 6 servings? It says 4 in the body of the recipe and 6 in the label. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Carissa
      June 19, 2019 at 9:24 PM

      Hi, the recipe makes 6 medium sized bowls. Sorry for the confusion!

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