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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 262 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1224mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.


  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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debjg_ny User ID: 3203571 251856
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"I love this soup. I used fresh zucchini, celery, carrots, and white beans instead of the vegetables. Used equal amounts of chicken and beef broth. Used diced tomatoes that I pulse just enough to break them up a little more. Also made garlic bread to eat with the soup and some parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top. Great soup to make for a crowd or to freeze."

anitamm User ID: 7158753 76202
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

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

annrms User ID: 2649709 59992
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!"

gommyof5 User ID: 1641247 76198
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")"

PRunion User ID: 6142552 143028
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013


CookingUSA User ID: 7138853 206787
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 ;)."

Faerie1 User ID: 1817506 57365
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"This is just soooo tasty, and excellent on a cold evening! Also versatile-----you really can use just about any type of sausage: hot or mild Italian, turkey, beef , pork or smoked Kielbasa. Can be made in a crock pot ( cook your sausage first). Also freezes well. I guarantee you will love this soup!"

asmith0228 User ID: 5727017 148129
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I don't make a lot of soup, but I thought this was AMAZING! Good and spicy, lots of flavor. I used California style veggies. It is perfect with a grilled cheese!"

DawnYvette User ID: 7041212 57364
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"My sometimey 16 year old gobbled this soup up. I used California style veggies which was mainly broccoli and cauliflower and carrots, it worked well. I will definitely make it again."

NLT200 User ID: 6905155 94447
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Delish and I forgot to add the brown sugar! I used fresh tomatoes from the garden instead of the canned tomatoes. Can't wait for lunch time to get here so I can have some more!"

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