Home > Soups & Stews > Pasta Soup Pasta Soup October 6, 2019 | 20 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A delicious and simple to make Italian sausage and Pasta Soup with plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!), fresh baby spinach, and mini farfalle pasta. This easy soup is a recipe the entire family will love! Pair this pasta soup with a hearty salad! This roasted sweet quinoa potato salad, Italian salad, or chickpea salad would go perfectly with this soup. While I love the produce and fresh ingredients so readily available for summer meals, there is nothing I love more than soup season! And this year I have quite a few soup recipes to share that I hope your family loves as much as mine has. Pasta soup Pasta Soup is on the lighter side, with a broth base and tons of veggies. It does have sausage and (of course) pasta, which help to add some “staying power” so you won’t be hungry thirty minutes after eating. A good piece of crusty bread dipped in this soup also helps with satiability. QUICK TIPItalian sausage is not the same as breakfast sausage, so be sure to check the label. Buying sausage in bulk is handy–just add it to the recipe. However, if you can only find sausage links, it only takes a minute to remove the casings before browning. Below I’ve broken down the steps for making Pasta Soup, and also have a quick video overview. Below that I’ve got some quick tips and substitution ideas. Enjoy! How to make Pasta Soup Numbered photos line up with numbered descriptions below. Brown the sausage; use hot or mild Italian sausage (whichever you prefer). Next the onions, celery, and carrots get sautéed (they don’t get much more tender throughout the cooking process, so don’t rush ’em). Celery, carrots, and onion are tender, plus seasoned nicely by cooking in olive oil and the little bit of oil left from the sausage. Add in the beef broth (or stock), seasonings, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Adding in more beef broth or stock. Mix everything together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in the… Pasta! Add in 3 cups of pasta. Stir in some spinach until it’s wilted and this soup is ready to eat! Don’t forget to grate some Parmesan cheese over top! Pasta Soup tips Use a hot cast iron skillet and don’t over-stir or over crumble the meat — you want it to get browned to develop layers of flavor. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the grease. Dice all three veggies into small and even sizes so they’ll cook quickly and integrate into the soup nicely. I recommend getting a good brand of broth/stock and fire roasted tomatoes as these ingredients are contributing the main flavor. I typically use Swanson® broth/stock and Muir Glen® or San Marzano® fire-roasted tomatoes (not sponsored) Grab a low sodium or no salt added broth/stock so you can control the amount of salt in the soup. These photos show regular-sized farfalle pasta, but I also tested it with miniature farfalle pasta, and it was even better! Either pasta works, but the mini farfalle is easier to eat. Plus, you get more pasta per bite! QUICK TIP What’s in a name? Americans often call farfalle bow tie pasta. The name farfalle actually comes from farfalla, which is Italian for butterfly…and you know what? That name makes perfect sense now! Variation ideas Use a different pasta: Really, any pasta will work in this soup. Just pay attention to the package instructions; cook the pasta in the boiling soup for 1 minute less than the package indicates. Spiciness: To reduce spiciness: use mild sausage instead of hot. To increase spiciness: add some red pepper flakes. Freezing: Pasta Soup doesn’t freeze very well because of the pasta in it (the pasta bloats and continues to absorb liquid). If you think you might end up having too much soup, I’d recommend halving the recipe. If you are determined to freeze this soup, here are a few helpful tips! Reheating this soup: I recommend reheating this soup on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently. Keep in mind that because of the pasta being added, this soup is best enjoyed the same day it’s made. The pasta does continue to absorb liquid and bloat as it sits in the liquid. (You can cook pasta separately and add it in separate portions; if you do this you will want to slightly reduce the beef stock/broth). Vegetarian Pasta Soup: Swap out the beef stock for vegetable stock (or broth) and replace the sausage with Beyond Meat® crumbles (or similar brand) or omit the meat entirely! Want less meat? Use 1/2 pound in this soup; no other changes are necessary. Side dishes to serve with Pasta Soup Heat a good crusty baguette, homemade dinner rolls, or soup crackers/saltines For additional veggies on the side try roasted broccoli, roasted sweet potatoes, or roasted brussel sprouts . Add a salad on the side; this roasted veggie salad or winter fruit salad would pair nicely. More delicious soup recipes: Crockpot Chili winner of many chili cook-offs! Creamy Vegetable Soup loaded with veggies! Zuppa Toscana Soup made in the crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup in less than 30 minutes Sausage Potato Soup a twist on cheeseburger soup FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pasta Soup 4.5 from 8 votes - Review this recipe A delicious and simple to make Pasta Soup with Italian sausage, plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!), fresh baby spinach, and mini farfalle pasta. This easy soup is a recipe the entire family will love! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pasta Soup 4.5 from 8 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe A delicious and simple to make Pasta Soup with Italian sausage, plenty of veggies (clear out your fridge!), fresh baby spinach, and mini farfalle pasta. This easy soup is a recipe the entire family will love! Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup Cuisine American, Italian Keyword pasta soup Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 6 servings Calories 442kcal Cost $6.12 Ingredients1 pound spicy Italian sausage (mild sausage works too)2 and 1/4 cups mirepoix: 3/4 cup diced carrots, 3/4 cup diced celery, 3/4 cup diced yellow onion3 garlic cloves minced2 cans (15 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes (I recommend Muir Glen or San Marzano)2 cartons (32 ounces EACH) reduced-sodium beef broth or stock1 teaspoon EACH: dried basil, Italian seasoning1/2 teaspoon dried oreganofine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper3 cups miniature farfalle pasta (uncooked) (Note 1)4 cups (lightly packed when measured) fresh spinach, coarsely choppedFreshly grated Parmesan cheese InstructionsSAUSAGE: Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Heat a large (6 quart) cast iron stockpot over medium high heat. Add a drizzle (1/2 tablespoon) of olive oil and once the oil is shimmering, add in the sausage. Let stand for 30 seconds and then cook, breaking into crumbles, until browned through (about 6-8 minutes). You don't need to stir constantly; allowing sausage to brown will add more flavor. Transfer to prepared plate and set aside.VEGGIES: Drain off all but 1 tablespoon sausage grease and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add in the diced carrots, diced celery, and diced onion. Sauté, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in both cans of tomatoes, both cartons of beef stock/broth, and seasonings: dried basil, Italian seasoning, dried oregano, salt and pepper (add salt and pepper to taste; I add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper -- this will vary depending on the actual beef stock/broth you use). Stir.PASTA: Bring the soup to a boil. As soon as it's boiling, add in the uncooked pasta. Return to a boil and cook, uncovered, until pasta is tender, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in the cooked sausage and the spinach and stir until spinach wilts (only a minute or two). Remove from heat, and taste to adjust salt/pepper seasoning.SERVE: serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread. Enjoy! Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Regular farfalle pasta will work as well, but taste testers preferred miniature farfalle. (More pasta per bite and easier to eat.) Any similar-sized pasta will work; aim for bite-sized pasta with plenty of ridges. Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.8g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21.2g | Cholesterol: 52.9mg | Sodium: 558.1mg | Fiber: 5.6g | Sugar: 4.8g DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.