Italian Spinach and Sausage Soup

"This is a very quick soup that makes a nice presentation at your dinner party or holiday meal. There are very few ingredients, yet it yields a very flavorful soup. It also makes a complete meal with some crusty bread and a salad. I am not a fan of fennel seed, so I have always omitted it, but the original recipe calls for it, so I won't impose my tastes on everyone!"
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  • In saucepan, combine all ingredients except for cheese. Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  • Serve with grated Parmesan sprinkled on top.

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  1. Quite good, especially given how fast it is. I browned my sausage and must have had the leanest bulk Italian sausage in the state - no drippings. So I added a little olive oil to the pan and sauteed my onions - I prefer that to just simmering them. I did use some fennel seeds, but would use less next time I buy the chopped spinach, rather than the frozen blocks, and added that at the very end.
  2. Made for KK's Forum Fall Mini Cookathon. Made this exactly as the recipe given, even with the fennel seed which I happen to love. BTW did you know that Italian Sausage (Sweet and Hot) has fennel seeds in it normally? This was a bit salty, but that could be the chicken broth and next time I make it I will use low sodium broth instead. Otherwise this is really tasty, and nice warm up to a very cold day. Thank You for the recipe.
  3. Very good soup! I wanted to make this for lunch, so I added 1 1/2 cups of ditalini (and 64 oz's chicken broth) to make it more hearty. The flavor was wonderful. The only reason it's not a 5-star recipe for me is because I wasn't a big fan of the fennel and I'm not absolutely crazy about chunks of sausage in a brothy soup. But I'll get over that and leave out the fennel (as you do), and I'm sure it will be just right. Thanks for a keeper! :-)


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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