Tuscan Turkey Sausage Soup Recipe

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"While trying to reproduce my favorite soup from an Italian restaurant's menu, I hit upon this tasty combination of turkey sausage, broth and mushrooms," pens Thomas Licking of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Fennel, caraway seeds and herb seasoning give the quick-to-fix soup plenty of flavor without adding salt. Serve it steaming hot alongside a crisp salad and bread for a well-rounded meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 12 ounces turkey Italian sausage links
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt-free garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small leek (white potion only), cut into 1-inch strips

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 181 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 978mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 lean meat.


  1. In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Let cool and slice.
  2. In a large saucepan, whisk together the broth, soup, mushrooms, onion, Italian seasoning, garlic and herb seasoning, caraway seeds and fennel seed. Add sausage. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add beans and leek. Simmer 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tuscan Turkey Sausage Soup in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p57

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swinny 241617
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"This soup is delicious. I used ital turkey sausage and took off casing before cooking. Added onions to sausage to soften. Left out mushrooms since hubby does not care for these. Did not have a leek but added some sugar snap peas and this turned out wonderful. This soup is very flavorful."

hector3918 151710
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Awesome recipe. Really rich and robust flavors. Used fresh mushrooms compared to canned. Will definitely make again!"

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