Country Italian Soup Recipe
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Country Italian Soup Recipe

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My mom gave me this recipe a few years back, and it quickly became a family favorite. It’s very flavorful and hearty.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion and celery until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the water, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in zucchini; simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Country Italian Soup in Country December/January 2008, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"Easy and very yummy. Will make again."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Have made this soup over 6 times in the past year and haven't tired of it. A true classic, great find. I always double the recipe, except for the cayenne pepper."

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