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Hearty and delicious Italian Sausage Soup is filled with veggies. This simple stovetop recipe is great to enjoy all year long!

If you love savory sausage soup, you’ll love our Italian Tortellini Soup and Lasagna Soup. All are perfect served up with Italian Bread and will be a hit with your family!

Italian sausage soup served in a blue bowl.

A Flavorful Italian Soup

We may be mildly obsessed with soups, which is why we have SO many versions. Fortunately, for us and for you, we are going to keep at it with the soup recipes because they’re just that good.

They may be more popular in the fall and winter, but we love soup all year long.

This Italian sausage soup recipe is beyond simple and so delicious. It includes Italian sausage, beef broth, stewed tomatoes, carrots, beans, zucchini, spinach, and more.

The combination of ingredients makes for a very flavorful soup that is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Browned Italian sausage in a skillet.

How to Make Sausage Soup

SAUSAGE. Brown the sausage along with the garlic in a stockpot on the stove.

VEGGIES. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and carrots, then season with salt and pepper.

  • Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the entire can of beans and zucchini cubes. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  • Remove from the heat and add the spinach. Cover and let the soup sit for another 5 minutes. The heat in the pot will cook the spinach leaves.

ENJOY! Serve and enjoy!

Sausage soup with veggies cooking in a stock pot.

Variations

Keep in mind any adjustments will alter the taste from the original recipe so be sure to taste and season as you go so that you end up with a delicious soup.

  • Substitute the pork sausage with a chicken or turkey sausage.
  • Replace the broth with chicken broth or vegetable broth.
  • Add pasta or cannellini beans for a hearty Italian Soup recipe.
  • Top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese for even more flavor!
Spinach in stock pot full of sausage soup ready to cook.

Alternative cooking methods

Italian Soup with Sausage is an easy and quick meal to whip up. Making it on the stovetop only takes about 30 minutes. However, you can also choose to use the slow cooker or instant pot.

Slow cooker

Brown sausage and garlic and put in the crockpot. Using the same pan, saute the carrots to soften them a bit. Place carrots and remaining ingredients (except the spinach) into the slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5-7 hours, or HIGH for 2-3 hours. When there are about 30 minutes left stir in the spinach. Cover and finish cooking.

Instant pot

Set the instant pot to sauté and brown the sausage and garlic. Add remaining ingredients (except for the spinach).

  • Put the lid on the instant pot. Be sure the pressure valve is set to ‘‘SEALING’’ and press the “SOUP” button. Once the soup is finished your instant pot should automatically go to the keep warm setting.
  • Allow the pressure to release before removing the lid. Stir in the spinach, then place the lid back on, but do not lock it. Allow the spinach to heat up for about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and serve. 
An instant pot sitting on a countertop.

Recipe Tips

Adjust the spice. Italian pork sausage already has seasoning mixed into the sausage. Use mild for a mellow flavor, or turn up the heat with a hot Italian sausage or sprinkle on some red pepper flakes for even more spice. 

Add veggies. This a wonderful “garden” soup. Use veggies that are in season. Onions, celery, bell peppers, and potatoes are all good choices.

Be aware of the size and tenderness of the veggies. Larger and firmer vegetables can be added at the beginning. Whereas smaller and softer vegetables should be added halfway. 

Side ideas. Here are some great recipes to serve this soup with:

Tips for Storing

STORE leftover Sausage Soup recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days.

FREEZE in an airtight container for 4-6 months. Tip: dividing the leftover soup into individual serving-size containers makes it easy to grab for a quick meal. Reheat in the microwave or stovetop. 

Freezer meal. Storing soup in the freezer is a wonderful way to have a quick, warm, and delicious meal even on busy days.

  • Brown the sausage and garlic. Sauté the carrots until softened.
  • Place all the ingredients, except the spinach into a large Ziploc bag.
  • Store in the freezer for 4-6 months.

To reheat: bring ingredients to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach in the last 5 minutes. 

Sausage soup recipe served in a blue bowl.

Recipe FAQ

Can I use a different meat?

You can use any other kind of ground sausage such as pork sausage, chicken sausage, or turkey sausage. You could also use regular ground meat, either beef, pork, or turkey.

Is the Italian sausage spicy?

You can pick your level of heat! Italian sausage comes in mild, medium, and hot flavors. The mild sausage is seasoned, but not spicy.

For more Italian soups, try:

Or check out our entire collection of Italian Soup Recipes.

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5 from 16 votes

Sausage Soup Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Hearty and delicious Italian Sausage Soup is filled with veggies. This simple stovetop recipe is great to enjoy all year long!
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 (14 oz) cans beef broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) cans Italian style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 (14.5 oz) cans great Northern beans, UNdrained
  • 2 small zucchinis cubed
  • 2 cups spinach packed, rinsed and torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoon garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
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Instructions 

  • Brown the sausage along with the garlic in a stockpot on the stove.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and carrots, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the entire can of beans and zucchini cubes. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  • Remove from the heat and add the spinach. Cover and let the soup sit for another 5 minutes. The heat in the pot will cook the spinach leaves.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 481.35kcal, Carbohydrates: 53.51g, Protein: 26.2g, Fat: 21.37g, Saturated Fat: 7.6g, Cholesterol: 43.09mg, Sodium: 5720.95mg, Potassium: 2439.24mg, Fiber: 9.01g, Sugar: 29.57g, Vitamin A: 4804.89IU, Vitamin C: 72.69mg, Calcium: 353.7mg, Iron: 13.14mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
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9 Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this soup!! I love the flavor. It’s hearty & wasn’t difficult to make!

  2. Ruthanne Reiter says:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this sausage soup Sounds deliciois

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It is! I hope you try it & like it!

  3. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    Oh how I love soups! There filling and usually pretty healthy. The sausage seNds it over thE top.

  4. kristina says:

    5 stars
    My husband loves this soup. We reduced the beans but love all the other flavors.

  5. Katie says:

    5 stars
    THis soup is incredible! So filling and absolutely delicious! We all loved it!

  6. stephanie says:

    5 stars
    THIS SOUP AND SUCH A GREAT FLAVOR! LOVED THE ZUCCHINIS YOU ADDED, JUST A GREAT IDEA!

  7. Matt Taylor says:

    5 stars
    This Italian sausage soup looks amazing and super easy to make. Thanks!

  8. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I love the flavors in this soup! It’s filling, hearty, & so yummy! It’s a great way to get in those veggies!