Italian Sausage & Orzo Soup

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ITALIAN SAUSAGE ORZO SOUP! A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!) and orzo pasta. via chelseasmessyapron.com

A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!) and orzo pasta. This Sausage & Orzo Soup is a recipe the entire family will love!

ITALIAN SAUSAGE ORZO SOUP! A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!) and orzo pasta. via chelseasmessyapron.com
ITALIAN SAUSAGE ORZO SOUP! A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!) and orzo pasta. via chelseasmessyapron.com

This soup is delicious comfort food and it’s good for you! It’s stock-full of all kinds of veggies and it’s broth based. My favorite thing about this soup — it’s the perfect thing to make when you need to clear out your fridge. We always seem to have odd leftovers of carrots, celery, onions, and peppers so this is a great soup to put those extra veggies to use.

Another thing I love about this soup is how easy it is to customize. The veggies can be changed easily and the spices can all be done to taste. We like things with a little bit of a kick so we use spicy sausage and red pepper flakes. If you are not a spice fan, regular Italian sausage and leaving out the red pepper flakes will still leave you with an AMAZING soup. This soup is one that you can taste as it cooks and add extra spices to taste. I’m all about lots of parsley on this soup!

Finish each serving off with a generous handful of Parmesan cheese and have some crusty sourdough ready for dipping. 
ITALIAN SAUSAGE ORZO SOUP! A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!) and orzo pasta. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

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Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

5 from 9 votes
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Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage or regular
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 14 ounces EACH cans beef broth
  • 1 14.5 ounces can Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 ounces can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (~2) carrots sliced
  • 3/4 cup (~2) stalks of celery sliced
  • 2 cups (~1) small red potatoes diced
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon full dried basil
  • 3/4 cup Orzo pasta uncooked
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese freshly grated
  • Optional: fresh rosemary fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, salt and pepper, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crusty sourdough bread

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add in the Italian sausage, minced garlic, and diced yellow onion.
  • Crumble the sausage as you brown it.
  • Once the sausage is cooked through and onion is tender, add in the broth, both cans of tomatoes (UNDRAINED), sliced carrots, sliced celery, diced red potatoes (cut pretty small), and chopped bell pepper.
  • Add in the seasonings: Italian seasoning, oregano, and basil (to taste). I add in salt and pepper to taste here. (Depending on the saltiness of the broth, you might want to completely omit salt).
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Cover the pot and simmer for 20-25 minutes, OR until all the veggies are crisp tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate pan, follow package directions to cook the Orzo to al dente. Drain and rinse in cool water.
  • Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the cooked and drained orzo. Then, stir in the spinach gently.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to preference. I add in red pepper flakes here and fresh herbs -- usually lots of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley.
  • Enjoy with lots of parmesan cheese and crusty bread!

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37 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi, Chelsea,
    This recipe is lovely! Also wanted you to know that my mother potty trained both my boys in one week when they were about 1 year old. She had raised 6 kids so it was easy for her. I was in college at the time and she watched my kids for me. Never really knew her method but it worked for me. It is a blessing to have your mother help you with it.

    1. Awe thank you so much Claudia! That is amazing, so great to have such good moms in our lives πŸ™‚ Yes, it was a huge blessing!

  2. I saw this on FB and it looked so good. I made if for dinner last night. I changed the pork sausage for chicken sausage (from Trader Joe’s). I also added all of the veggie’s (besides the onion) about 1/2 way through the browning of the meat (I did this by mistake though). It turned out great! The other added bonus is that this makes so much soup, I froze half of it for another meal!

    Thanks so much!

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the comment Stacey πŸ™‚ And yes, plenty for leftovers (yay!)

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight. Wow! So much flavour. This was a winner with the whole family. DH had second and third helpings. I also love how easy it was to prepare. Thank you for a great recipe.

    1. Yes, but I’d brown the sausage separately and add that in and then cook the pasta and add to individual bowls or stir in the crockpot right before serving πŸ™‚ You’ll also want to add the spinach to the crockpot like 5-10 minutes before serving.

  4. I have heard about how amazing your mom is from my sister and I wish that I had sent my son over to get potty trained form her too before she left!! πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic. I made one minor modification, I added the Orzo to the soup about 10 minutes before it was ready and let it cook in the soup. I always like to cook pasta /rice/barley in the soup so it really absorbs the flavors of the dish, usually I add a bit more broth to adjust for this.

    1. I haven’t. I don’t think the pasta would freeze and thaw well; I think it would really bloat (potentially disintegrate a bit).

  6. 5 stars
    Great comfort food. Very tasty soup. I used red pepper instead of green. Everyone loved it ! Thank you !

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