Italian Sausage Vegetable Soup

"A hearty vegetable soup. Recipe by: Dorothy Lane Markets"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 pot soup




  • Use bulk sausage or remove the casings from the sausage and discard.
  • Brown the sausage in a heavy Dutch oven or large saucepan, mashing it with the back of a spoon until the meat is no longer pink and has rendered most of its fat.
  • Spoon out most of the fat from the cooked sausage and discard.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring,until soft but not browned.
  • Add carrots, zucchini, pepper, wine, chicken broth, tomatoes, basil, and oregano and bring to a boil.
  • When the soup in boiling, add the orzo and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve in heavy soup bowls.
  • If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each serving.
  • To prepare in advance: Like most hearty soups, this tastes best if it is cooled, refrigerated overnight, then reheated to serve.
  • It may also be frozen.

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  1. Great soup! I added some celery and a 1/2 cup of frozen peas. The sausage and green pepper gives it great flavor. I will definitely make this again, Thanks!
  2. Delicious soup recipe! I only used 1/2 a green pepper, and had no zucchini so used celery instead. A real tummy warmer with great flavours, thanks for posting. =)
  3. We just got 6 inches of snow and it was nice coming home from work to such a flavorable soup. I prepared it the night before and placed it in my crockpot liner so that in the morning all I had to do is pop it in the heating element. I placed all the ingredients except orzo pasta and Parmesan cheese in the crockpot. I added the orzo pasta an hour before serving. It was full of flavor. The only complaint I got from my children is that wanted more sausage in it so next time I will add 2 pounds. No leftovers to take to work. LOL
  4. I tried this for a weekend lunch with family and it was a big success. I also used turkey sausage and no one knew until I told them. Delicious!!
  5. The soup was very hearty and my husband loved it. I used Italian turkey sausage (about a 1/2 a pound) to cut down on the fat and substituted a smaller can (14.5 size) of italian style diced tomatoes.


  1. Made this soup yesterday and it smelled intoxicating...delicious! I, too, added red wine because it was what I had on hand. I also substituted a 1/2 cup of pearled wheat for the orzo and 3 ribs of celery for the zucchini. All substitutions yielded terrific results and I woudn't hesitate to make them again. Tonight we had the leftover soup and it was even tastier! Definitely worth a try.
  2. Best soup I've ever made! Usually I have a hard time getting enough flavor out of the soups I make, but no this one. The kids loved it and so did I. My 10 year old went back for more 2 times before going to sleep that night. I slightly altered the recipe by adding 2 golden potatoes and Red wine instead of white to make it a little more hearty, plus I left cooked the orzo separately as suggested by one as suggested by several reviewers and it worked out great. Definitely a weekly favorite during the chillier months!
  3. My family loved this, and it is a keeper. I did not add wine, and I used celery in place of the zucchini. I needed to let it simmer longer (probably 40 minutes), because the carrots needed more time to soften. I used 6 cups of broth to make up for the wine I did not add. I think this would be great with rice. I made orzo on the side, but it stuck together. It's great without the orzo, so you don't really need it. Next time I will make rice or elbow noodles.
  4. This is one of my favorite soups ever. I used celery in place of the zucchini and two cups of tomato juice in place of two cups of the broth, but otherwise, I think I followed all the instructions. The orzo was a nice addition.
  5. This soup was fantastic! I added about 1 1/2 lbs of sausage and only 1 can of tomatoes because that was what I had on hand. And I also used mini bow-tie pasta instead of orzo for more substance. My whole family loved it - I will make it again & again!


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