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A speedy, comforting Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup that’s perfect for those chilly winter nights. Loads of flavor in every delicious bite!

Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup in a white bowl with saltine crackers

 

Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup

This quick, healthy and flavorful Italian Sausage and Pasta soup recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight.  My friend, Kim, is always testing new recipes, and this one has been a hit with everyone who’s sampled it.  I typically have all ingredients on hand except for the fresh spinach and can whip it up in less than an hour.

Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup in a white soup bowl in front of a bowl of Parmesan cheese

Winter Soups

I turn to my easy black bean chili, white chicken chili and this easy sausage soup when I need to warm my bones from the inside out.  The prep is simple, just saute the sausage, then the veggies, add a can of diced tomatoes, white beans and chicken broth.

Once the broth comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente. The spinach only needs a minute to wilt and, voila, dinner is served. Pass some grated Parmesan for a boost of flavor, if desired!

 
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Fall and winter mean busy schedules. School is in session and spare time is limited with homework and after-school activities. A bowl of soup and homemade biscuits or corn muffins is a wonderful, fulfilling meal.

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Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup | An easy, comforting meal!

Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup

A quick, comforting soup. Perfect cold weather meal!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entree. Soup
  • Method: Sauteing, Simmering, Boiling
  • Cuisine: American, Italian-American

Ingredients

  • 11 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 35 medium carrots, peeled and chop or slice
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth, I like Pacific brand
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounce cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta shells or orecchiette
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, slightly chopped if needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t need any extra salt)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Instructions

Saute sausages in a Dutch oven until browned.  Discard excess fat.Add carrots, celery, onion, red bell pepper,  and garlic.  Saute till onion is limp and translucent.

Add broth, basil, tomatoes with juice and beans.  Bring to a boil. Add pasta, reduce heat and simmer till pasta tender.

Skim any excess fat.  Stir in spinach and cook till wilted, about 30 seconds.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with Parmesan.

Notes

Adapted from my friend, Kim S.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 833kcal
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 1625mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 87g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 44g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg
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15 comments on “Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup”

  1. This looks delicious and healthy! I like the combination of flavors, especially the sausage and the beans. Great post!

  2. I love this kind of soup, I make this one almost the same way, only difference is I bake the sausage and garlic in the oven and add lots of grating cheese to the soup while its cooking…and use escarole, will try the spinach I actually have a whole bag and the sausage, beans are soaking in the crockpot, so I am going to try yours tonight….with the spinach… looks like a great hearty dish here!

  3. I made something very similar to this just the other night, except your looks nicer. 🙂 I liked the sausage in the soup – added some nice flavors and heartiness.

  4. Thanks, everyone!!!

    And thanks especially to you, Kim, for being my inspiration!!!

  5. Liz, that is one yummy bowl of deliciousness! I love brothy soups… I need something like this for today… it’s snowing up here!

  6. Ugh, Kate…we’re expecting flurries! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Now that sounds yummy. It would be the perfect appetizer for a spaghetti dinner.

  8. Looks really yummy! I think I would have to substitute for Turkey sausage though. Do you think it would still taste just as good? I sure hope so, cause I really want to make this and I know my husband would love it.

  9. Sounds like my kind of soup. I love lots of veggies in my soup. Hope you are having a great week.
    -Gina-

  10. I love this soup! At least once a week in the winter. Haven’t done it with carrots but sure love the color and pizzazz it gives. Lovely!

  11. Thanks for the sweet comments…happy Sunday to you all, too!

  12. Liz – We had Tyler Florence’s Hunter’s Minestrone tonight which is quite similar. What a great idea that one of your comments mentioned to bake the sausage! Will try that and this recipe next time…..this makes much less than Tyler’s recipe.

    Great photos! Yummy!

  13. Woe now thats one heck of a soup I would love this on my table

  14. Your soup looks good. I had to smile as that is what I planned on making for dinner this evening. My version is similar but with kale and no peppers. 🙂

  15. Wow, love comfort food like these! xoxo

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