This easy Italian Sausage Soup recipe is packed with robust flavors! It’s quick and simple to make and only requires one pot! Plus, it can be prepared in advance! It’s hearty, delicious and a cozy meal the entire family will love!
Cook pasta: Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and generously season water with salt. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain cooked pasta and rinse with cold water. Drain again. Set aside.
Brown sausage: In the same pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally and using the back of a wooden spoon to break the sausage into medium-sized chunks, until browned and no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the sausage to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan.
Cook vegetables: Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add in the garlic and Italian seasoning. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste starts to caramelize, about 1-2 minutes.
Add liquids and sausage: Stir in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, bay leaves, parmesan rind (if using) and reserved sausage. Bring the soup to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the cream: Add in the heavy cream. Stir to combine. Simmer 8-10 additional minutes or until soup is warmed throughout. Use tongs to remove and discard bay leaves and parmesan rind. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
Add pasta and spinach: Right before serving, turn heat to low and stir in the pasta and spinach. ALTERNATIVELY: Divide the spinach and pasta among serving bowls and then ladle the soup over the top. (SEE NOTES)
To serve: Serve soup immediately topped with more grated parmesan and fresh basil if using. Enjoy!
Recipe serves 8-10
Nutritional information is an approximation and based upon 10 servings.