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Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

I am sorry I didn’t post my normal Monday recipe but I was feeling terrible on Sunday with a nasty headache, stuffy nose, & sore throat so I didn’t have it in me to cook or do a blog post. Thankfully, I am feeling better today but still not 100%.  My daughter is getting over a cold and my son now is coughing and has a stuffy nose–you’ve gotta love the back-to-school germs!!  Even though it’s nearly 90 degrees outside, I decided to make us a big batch of soup in hopes that it will make us all feel better.  I grabbed whatever I had on hand which ended up being spinach, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, lots of garlic, turkey Italian sausage, orzo, and chicken broth.  It was quick to make and only simmered for 1 1/2 hours so my house didn’t get too hot.  I loved how simple this soup was to make and how comforting and delicious it tasted.  The best part is that both of my kids requested leftovers for their school lunches – I love that!

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

How to Make Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through.  Side Note:  Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.  Add the carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the spinach right before serving.  Taste and re-season if needed.  Enjoy.

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

 

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies & Orzo

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion diced
  • 3 turkey Italian sausages casings removed
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes drained
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 2 cups of baby spinach chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through. Side Note: Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.
  • Add the carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach right before serving. Taste and re-season if needed. Enjoy.
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31 Comments

    1. Krystal,

      Thanks for letting me know it was missing. I have corrected the recipe to show the 3 teaspoons of chicken bouillon granules. Thanks again!

      Cheers,
      Pam

  1. This is a wonderfully soothing and healing soup for any time of the year. If only we could get turkey sausage down here in New Zealand, but turkey is only really available for Christmas (when I’d far rather have lamb!). At least I can get good quality pork italian sausage.

    I hope you all feel a lot better very soon, Michelle down-under in Wellington, NZ

  2. Glad you are feeling better. My son has been sick for the last few days with a nasty cold. The soup looks delicious and I would think that would make anything better!

  3. Pam- I’m so glad you are ok…I was worried about you! 🙂 This soup looks so comforting and healthy. I hope you and your children feel better soon!

  4. That soup looks like just what you need to help everyone over their colds. I hope it doesn’t have any of you down for too long, but I really do understand about the school germs coming home and infesting everyone! Gah!

  5. I made this soup for dinner tonight! Thank you so much! It was delicious. Only changes I made were reg Italian sausage and left out the bouillon. Pretty healthy for the most part. Awesome!

  6. OMG, I am obsessed with this soup! I made it once with Kale because I didn’t have any spinach and it was amazing. I have made it like 3 times, OBSESSED! thanks for the recipe