Mom’s Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

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This is a hearty soup for a cold day. If you don't use noodles, all it needs is a slice of garlic bread on the side.

- You can use fewer greens and add other vegetables, like sliced zucchini, to the mix

- Optional: ½ cup dry pasta (macaroni, mini-penne), cooked al dente – keep separate and add to the bowl as you dish up the soup.

- Cannellini substitute: I prefer to precook my own small white (aka: Navy) beans and use that, but keep cannellini on hand for those times I don't think ahead.

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Servings: 4-6


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  • 1 pound fresh Italian sweet or hot sausage, broken into big chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, in large dice
  • 2 cloves garlic (or more), finely diced
  • 1 lb fresh greens such as spinach, chard or kale, washed and chopped (I buy bagged, so there's no prep work)
  • 1 35 oz can Italian style or diced plain tomatoes (fresh, if it’s the right season)
  • 1 or 2 15.5 oz cans Cannellini beans
  • 1 tsp herbs such as oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 quart chicken or beef stock (I added another half-liter of water to it)


  1. Preheat a large soup pot. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Brown the Italian sausage. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until tender. Drain any accumulated grease or oil.
  2. Then add the chopped greens, stock, cannellini beans, tomatoes and herbs.
  3. Heat through (kale will need more time to cook, so hold off on adding the beans until it’s ready to go)
  4. Place some pasta in the bottom of a soup bowl and ladle hot soup over it – store leftovers separately so the pasta doesn’t get mushy overnight.
  5. Serve with garlic bread – I had trader Joe’s sourdough sandwich bread on hand, not a baguette, and it worked out very well.
  6. PS: I will plan ahead next time and have some small white beans boiled up and ready to go.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 381g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 593  
Calories from Fat 388 65%
Total Fat 43.04g 54%
Saturated Fat 9.95g 40%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 2106mg 88%
Potassium 570mg 16%
Total Carbs 17.86g 5%
Dietary Fiber 8.0g 27%
Sugars 3.56g 2%
Protein 35.3g 56%


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