Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup

A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers!

Oh, crackers…. how I love them!

My name is Debbie Spivey, and I am addicted to saltine crackers.

There I said it. I have admitted my addiction to saltine crackers. I don’t know why, but I’d rather have a sleeve of good ol saltine crackers instead of a candy bar or cake any day. I don’t know why. If you think about it, they’re only squares of overcooked dough that have been salted. I can’t help it. I love them.

As a child, I spent almost every Saturday night with my grandmama. When I would get hungry she’d let me get a snack from her pantry. A bowl of Rice Krispies was usually my snack of choice, but sometimes I would sit in her recliner chair with a package of saltine crackers and spread either mustard or jelly on the cracker, while watching “227” or “The Golden Girls”.

I used to always keep a box of saltine crackers in my pantry, but I don’t do that anymore, because I will eat a whole sleeve at one sitting. Many years ago, when the crackers were allowed into my pantry, I discovered a recipe on the side of the cracker box that I thought looked very good. I cut it off the side of the box and as bulky as it was, It was part of my “Must Try” Recipe Binder for a very long time. Although I didn’t have any crackers, I decided I was going to try this soup recipe I had been hanging on to for so many years.

Here’s how I made this delicious soup:

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Heat the oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onions, and garlic to the hot oil and cook, until sausage is done has browned and done through, about 10 minutes.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Rinse and allow the beans to drain.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Add the chicken broth, beans, and stewed tomatoes. Add in the bay leaf; bring to a medium boil.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Stir in the pasta; cook per the time marked on the pasta directions, or until al dente.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Turn off the heat; remove the bay leaf.  Stir in the spinach then cover the pot with a lid and let stand about 5 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Serve topped with cheese. Serve with crusty bread or of course crackers.

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Italian Sausage Soup | A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with or without the crackers! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Once again, I am sore from kicking myself for not trying a recipe sooner. My “Must Try” recipe binder is becoming my favorite go-to for new recipes lately. I have tried several more since this recipe and I cannot wait to share them with you!

I’m excited to share this with Fiesta Friday this week!

Italian Sausage Soup

A quick and easy meal in a bowl, this delicious Italian Sausage Soup is hearty comfort food, with our without the crackers!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword bean soup, Italian Sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian link sausage casing removed, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 ½ ounces stewed tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup Fusilli (spiral) pasta, uncooked
  • 10 ounce bag fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • crusty bread or crackers for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onions, and garlic to the hot oil and cook, until sausage is done has browned and done through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, beans, and stewed tomatoes; bring to a medium boil.
  • Stir in the pasta; cook per the time marked on the pasta directions, or until al dente.
  • Turn off the heat; remove the bay leaf. Stir in the spinach then cover the pot with a lid and let stand about 5 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.
  • Serve topped with cheese. Serve with crusty bread or crackers.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Kraft Recipes

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1078mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3460IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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