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Quick Italian Sausage Soup

Bush's® Great Northern Beans, fresh carrots and zucchini add a variety of tastes and textures to this Italian-inspired soup. Turn up the heat by using spicy sausage or keep it kid-friendly with mild sausage. Either way, your family will love it!

  • Prep Time

    15 Mins

  • Cook Time

    40 Mins

  • Serves

    8

Italian sausage soup with Great Nothern Beans, carrots and zucchini in a tan crock.

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Ingredients

Serving Size: 8

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb mild or spicy Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces (casings removed)
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (15.8 oz) Bush's® Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup orzo
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped or 12 oz frozen, thawed and squeezed to drain

Optional Toppings

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese, Pesto

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Cooking Instructions

  1. 1
    HEAT

    Heat half the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.

    • Oil

  2. 2
    BROWN

    Add sausage and brown slightly. Transfer to a plate.

    • Sausage

  3. 3
    HEAT

    Heat remaining oil in saucepan.

    • Oil

  4. 4
    COOK

    Cook carrots, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, oregano, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes about 5 minutes; stir often.

    • Carrots

    • Zucchini

    • Onion

    • Bell pepper

    • Garlic

    • Oregano

    • Pepper

    • Crushed red pepper flakes

  5. 5
    ADD

    Return sausage (and any juices) to pan. Add remaining ingredients except spinach and cheese. Add orzo in the last 10 minutes of simmer soup.

    • 2 cans of beans

    • Tomatoes

    • Stock

    • Orzo

  6. 6
    SIMMER

    Cover and simmer 30 minutes over low heat.

    • 7
      ADD

      Stir in spinach and cook several minutes more, until spinach wilts.

      • Spinach

    • 8
      GARNISH

      Serve topped with cheese, if desired. Garnish with optional Pesto.

      • cheese

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