Italian Chicken Sausage Soup Recipe
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Italian Chicken Sausage Soup Recipe

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Bursting with fabulous Italian flavors, this hearty soup is sure to chase away winter's chills. Serve with some crusty rolls for a satisfying dinner.— Cheryl Ravesi, Milford, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces whole fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 337 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 838 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable 1-1/2 starch 1-1/2 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion in oil until sausage is browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, zucchini, broth, mushrooms, water, pesto, wine, vinegar, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Garlic Chicken Sausage Soup with Cannellini Beans in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p60

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This is delicious! Reminds me of pizza as it cooks. This is good without the beans. Add a pinch of salt & hot pepper flakes to taste. I also used turkey Italian sausage links in place of chicken."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"Had leftover chicken sausage and decided to try this soup. Made it exactly as written. Also great to take to work for lunch the next day. Excellent!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"A family favorite. Leftovers are great when packing your lunch."

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