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Hot Italian Sausage Soup Recipe
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Hot Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

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Loaded with zesty sausage and an array of veggies, this soup will hit the spot! A hint of brown sugar balances the heat with a little sweetness, making it a real crowd-pleaser. “I'm part owner of a small tavern, and on Saturdays, we provide soups and deli sandwiches free of charge. Our patrons love this recipe,” writes Dan Bute of Ottawa, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen Italian vegetables
  • 3/4 cup julienned green, sweet red and/or yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Drain sausage; add to soup and heat through.
  4. Freeze option: Cool soup and transfer to freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hot Italian Sausage Soup in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p20

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"I also added pasta and it was very good! Will be sure to keep this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"I've been making this soup since it was first printed! I also tweeked it a bit..I had a small can of V-8 to make it more juicy. I add cooked acini de pepi pasta at serving time. Fast and fantastic. Thanks, Dan!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"I, too added twice as much tomato sauce, added cookes small ditai whole wheat pasta and doubled the recipe. Very satisfying---tasted like it cooked all day!! A definite keeper!!

Gommy of 5 (and "pending")"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013


Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I used mild sausage, in place of hot sausage, and it turned out just the same. I also pretty much made my own tomato sauce, while cooking the vegetables, since I was out of store-bought sauce. I added parmesan cheese, white sugar, olive oil, and salt to a 100+ ounce can (I tripled the recipe) of tomato juice and whole tomatoes, which I chopped up. It was a good dish, judging based on my family members? complaints that they ate too much for dinner. NOTE: "julienned" peppers are pretty much just sliced up peppers (in case anyone was wondering, like I was ;)."

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