Soups & Pastas

Italian Sausage Soup

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time


1 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb. Italian sausage ((mild or hot as preferred))

1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion ((1 medium))

1 cup diced carrots ((2 medium))

3/4 cup sliced celery ((2 ribs))

3/4 cup diced bell pepper ((1 small))

1 Tbsp minced garlic ((3 cloves))

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, (then more as desired to thin)

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes

1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

3/4 cup dry orzo pasta

3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil ((optional))

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Break sausage into chunks into pot.

Let brown on bottom about 3 minutes, then turn and break up sausage and cook until no longer pink. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, leave rendered fat in pot over medium-high heat.

You should have about 1 Tbsp fat in pot, if needed add a little more olive oil or drain off some excess fat if there's too much.

Add onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper and saute until starting to soften, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.

Pour in broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, and add Italian seasoning. Return sausage to pot and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste (you shouldn't need much salt).

Bring to a simmer then cover, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer 5 - 10 minutes until veggies are almost soft.

Add orzo. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally (while scraping along bottom of pot as orzo will tend to stick). Cook until nearly al dente. About 8 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in some ice (1/2 cup or so) if you want to help stop the orzo from cooking and getting mushy. Stir in fresh parsley and basil.

Serve warm, topping servings with grated parmesan if desired.


Serving Size



462 kcal

Total Fat

27 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



57 mg


1408 mg

Total Carbohydrate

37 g

Dietary Fiber

7 g

Total Sugars

13 g


19 g

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time
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