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Italian Sausage Soup

“I live on good soup, not fine words.”

- Moliere

 

Around here, soup is it’s own food group.

Italian Sausage Soup is one that becomes a standout staple of your delicious kitchen arsenal!

I worked at a cute Italian Kitchen Restaurant for some time.

I was head over heels for their soup.

I might have bribed one of the excellent cooks with some of my equally fantastic chocolate chunk cookies to give me the skinny on his soup skills.

I didn’t get the recipe I had requested, I got a whole one on one cooking lesson on how to make any soup fantastic with stuff you keep on hand.

That was one of the most valuable lessons for me.

I employed his methods when times were lean and a large pot of healthy homemade soup would rescue the budget for the week.

Lessons I will be forever grateful for!

As a life long lover of a big bowl of steamy soup, I’ve collected and developed many wonderful recipes through the years.

Italian Sausage Soup turned into an incredible recipe that has risen to become one of the crown jewels of the savory section of our kitchen.

Bust out that big soup pot and let’s begin!

 

1 Pound of Italian Sausage, cut into slices

Decide if you want to add an extra spicy kick to this dish… if you do, you might like to use a spicy or hot Italian Sausage.

We’re boring, we use mild.

I don’t like it when my Italian Sausage Soup bites me back many hours later. ;)

 

Brown the sliced Italian Sausage.

I usually brown the sausage right in the pot.

I’m not a discard the drippings kinda person. I think it adds another layer of rich flavor to this Italian Sausage Soup.

It is easier to brown the sausage in a pan… less pot to get in the way and burn those pretty knuckles you own.

I’m all about not having to wash another pan and slap ANOTHER band aid on my burn. :)

When the sausage is done. Remove it to a plate for a few minutes.

In the drippings, over medium/high heat, toss in:

1 Tablespoon Garlic- crushed

1 Cup Onions- Chopped

We’re just going to cook these a couple of minutes until they are beautifully browned and tender.

It’s a lovely step that really makes a nice base layer for the amazing flavor explosion of this Italian Sausage Soup.

Plus sauteing up onions and garlic always makes the house smell like you’ve been hard at work in the kitchen. ;)

This is where it gets SUPER EASY.

Put the sausage, onions, garlic and drippings into that soup pot if they are not already hanging out in there.

Into the pot add:

 

1 Cup of Bell Peppers- chopped small

I feel like Green Peppers give a bolder HELLO there’s bell pepper taste to the soup.

Recently I’ve been favoring using whatever pepper pieces I have leftover from other meals. I stash that 1/4 of a pepper or even a few pieces in a Ziploc and I end up with a very pretty variety. I like using a mixture of the colored peppers. Use a favorite colored pepper or a mix up. It’s ALL good in Flavor Land!

 

1 1/2 Cups of Zucchini- chopped

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to eat something that doesn’t fit on the spoon, let alone gracefully into the mouth without causing the boobs to wear the soup.

Chest skin does not like to eat soup.

As you cut veggies keep that gem in mind.

Bite sized or we get to laugh at your soup malfunction. ;)

1 Cup of Carrots- chopped

Comfy bite sized please!

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1 3/4 Cups of Diced Tomatoes

If you are cheating and opening a can to dump in… that would be exactly one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes.

Don’t worry, we wont rat you out. ;)

1- 8 ounce can of Tomato Sauce

 

3-4 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley

I LOVE Parsley! It’s such a power super food that is so often over looked because people just don’t know how to properly incorporate it into their diets.

How does one measure fresh parsley?

This one, does not.

What I can pinch with two fingers goes into the pot. Educated guesstimating time!

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Basil

1- 32 ounce Beef Broth

1/2 Cup Apple Juice

Trust the process…  know it sounds strange but the sweet off sets the acidic tomato base. Lightens up the flavor and gives it a delightful twist.

1 Cup of Water

Bring it all to a boil.

Turn the heat down to medium and allow the pot to simmer away for 30 minutes.

Everything’s done. Let’s eat!

NOT so fast…

We’re ALMOST done.

This is where you decide if you want to set some soup off to the side to freeze into individual portions creating a homemade dinner for later or if you think the pack of people you own will eat it all.

If you plan to freeze some for later, you will be better served freezing at THIS stage before the noodles go in. It just isn’t great re-heated with the noodle in it. they turn to a soggy sad mess.

You’ve been warned.

Use that free will wisley and freeze from this stage please.

Now for what makes this Italian Sausage Soup outta sight… Cheese Tortellini!

In a separate pot, boil the cheese tortellini according to the package instructions.

If you make your own cheese tortellini for this, you are now my new hero.

For the rest of us non super humans, there are some great fresh tortellini that comes in the deli section of my favorite market. There are also some great brands of frozen tortellini.

I keep a bag or two in my freezer for when I’m ready to re-heat my frozen soup.

Ta-DA! Fresh Homemade Soup in 10 minutes!

Pretty Spiffy huh.

You can also substitute tortellini for a favorite regular noodle as well.

Sometimes the budget doesn’t permit a splurge on tortellini when elbow macaroni are so much cheaper.

It’ll change the flavor but rest assured it will still turn out AMAZING!

When the tortellini or noodles are done and strained, add those bad boys into that beautiful pot of vegetable goodness!

Mix.

Sprinkle each bowl generously with fresh Parmesan cheese.

The melty cheese on the top makes it ever so inviting.

Hello, I’ll be the amazing dinner at you’re house!

Mmmm.

Pair it with a nice French bread, baguette, croutons or bagel chips.

Don’t let the savory favor intimidate you.

You can and just did make an amazing soup from scratch!

I hear people say that they can’t cook or they don’t want to bother because they don’t have a house full to cook for anymore.

By making a large pot of this fresh and budget friendly soup, you can freeze it and enjoy it for months to come!

ANYONE can make this. Not kidding. Anyone can do it.

Bonus is that you can make your dollar go so much further while never sacrificing on making healthy choices and out of this world taste!

Even having a house full, I cherish having a variety of homemade frozen meals and soups that the kids can choose from.

When someone is sick… I have my own chicken broth and chicken noodle soup minus the noodles frozen ready to be heated. When I’m sick and of course no one makes the mom a hearty pot of homemade soup. That’s okay, I guilt you and then heat up my homemade soup from my freezer. ;)

The weather is getting colder.

Heat up the one’s you love from the inside out with love and a steaming hot bowl of Italian Sausage Soup!

Extra Parmesan please,

Meg xoxo

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3 comments

  1. Vicky

    I’m trying this now! Looks delicious.. How much beef broth? The whole container? Thanks for the information, Vicky

    1. Meg

      Yes Vicky, use the whole container of beef broth.
      I’ll fix that now, thank you!
      How did it turn out?

  2. Gina Valley (@GinaValley)

    This looks so yum! Bookmarked!

    Also, stopping by from Crafty Spices to check out and grab an email subscription to your blog. Your blog looks great!

    I didn’t see where to get an email subscription, so I got the RSS. If you have an email one, please let me know.

    Thank you for visiting and grabbing an email subscription on mine as well.
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    Have a great weekend! -gina

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