Zesty Italian Soup Recipe
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Zesty Italian Soup Recipe

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While visiting my sister-in-law, we had a delicious Italian soup at a local restaurant. We decided to duplicate it at home and came up with this recipe. The seasonings and types of tomatoes can be varied to suit your family’s tastes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 205 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 1034mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, carrot, jalapeno, Italian seasoning and garlic.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until heated through. Just before serving, stir in macaroni. Yield: 10 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Zesty Italian Soup in Country Extra January 2010, p51

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Excellent recipe ! I've made this soooo many times we love it! we follow recipe as is. Superb!"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"This was tasty. I will reduce the amount of canned tomatoes next time and add some fresh ones. I just don't care for the taste of canned tomatoes. Otherwidse, this was a good recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"It has been so hot where we live so I've been trying not to turn on the oven. This was great for the crock pot and super easy. Made the house smell great while it was cooking and tasted delicious."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"My husband really liked this soup. I'll make this again when the weather turns cold."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012


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