Italian Sausage Orzo Soup Recipe
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Italian Sausage Orzo Soup Recipe

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“I always look for recipes high in taste and nutrition but low on prep time and fat,” explains Deborah Redfield from Buena Park, California. “This thick, chunky soup fills the bill and is such a family favorite that I serve it at least once a month!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons uncooked orzo or small shell pasta
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 236 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 819mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, mushrooms, zucchini and onion in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, tomatoes, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Italian Sausage Orzo Soup in Cooking for 2 Winter 2006, p53

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julesinmd User ID: 7135098 257502
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"I made this soup several weeks ago and I loved it!! I used Italian sausage links cut up instead of bulk. I added celery and one small can of tomato sauce. I skipped the zucchini and used canned mushrooms. I also used one can of chicken broth instead of a 1 1/4 cups and 1 can of diced tomatoes instead of 1 cup. I also used about 4-5 tablespoons of orzo instead of 3. The soup has a great taste and is really easy to make. I'm making it again tonight!!"

BookishDreamer User ID: 6061884 64071
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I used hot Italian turkey sausage to give the soup some spice. This is my idea of simple-to-make comfort food."

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