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Italian Sausage Soup
October 27, 2011, 3:24 am
Filed under: Recipes

 An easy soup that’s customizable to whatever you have on hand.


  • 1 pound Italian, chicken, or turkey sausage
  • 1 (16 oz) package of elbow macaroni
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ chopped small onion
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed
  • 2 cups spinach – packed, rinsed and torn
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preparation 50 minutes

  1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic and onion. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with pepper and Italian seasoning. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Cook macaroni according to directions in a separate pot
  3. Stir in beans with liquid (for 1 can only) and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  4. Remove from heat, and add spinach and macaroni. Replace lid allowing the heat from the soup to cook the spinach leaves. Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

*This recipe is adapted from Italian Sausage Soup, By: SallyJun, at www.allrecipes.com*

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