Tuscan Sausage and Vegetable Soup by RR

Rose Rauhauser


An Italian flavored soup that my Grandmother used to make. It's simple, easy and packed full of vitimins with all the veggies in it. Great for diets also but when she made it we weren't thinking about that. Packed full of flavor. Enjoy

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6 or more


20 Min


1 Hr


Stove Top


lbs. sweet italian sausage cut up in chunks
15 oz. cans canellini beans, drained (1 can reserved for puree)
olive oil
1 c
vidalia onion diced
1 c
carrots diced
1 1/2 c
celery diced
2 1/3 c
zucchini diced (skins on)
1 Tbsp
chopped fresh thyme leaves (1 1/2 dried if you can't get fresh)
1 Tbsp
fresh sage leaves (1 teasp. dried if you can't get fresh)
1 tsp
dried italian seasonings
a little salt and pepper to your taste (i use very little because of grated parmesan cheese on top)
32 oz. chicken broth
14.5 oz. can no salt added diced tomatoes
3 c
baby spinach leaves chopped
grated parmesan cheese for each bowl of soup

Directions Step-By-Step

I do all my chopping and dicing and set everything aside and get ready to do it all at once. I also puree 1 can of canellini beans and get that ready to add with all the cans of beans and tomatoes are added.
SOUP: Heal olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. I use just enough to cover bottom of pot. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, italian seasonings and a little bit of salt and pepper, cook stirring occasionally cover pot and leave on simmer until vegetables are tender about 5 minutes or so.Add cut up Italian sausage pieces stir through and allow to loose pinkness. At this point add broth, tomatoes with the juices mix. Add pureed beans and whole beans. Lid on simmer on low heat 1 hour.
I also put in a whole piece of Italian parmesan cheese and remove it at the end. You can serve this with ditillini or orzo pasta. I don't only because I rather all the veggies and no carbs but kids may like it with little pasta or alphabets in it. If you do keep the pasta seperate and put soup on top of it and then serve. Use Italian bread for dunking if desired. Enjoy

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy