Italian Peasant Soup
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
Makes11 servings (2-3/4 quarts)
My husband loves this soup. FYI - I make it in the slow cooker so that the onions get really cooked (my husband's preference). To do this I just brown the sausage on the stove and then toss everything (raw chicken) into the crock pot. I let it cook on low about 6-8 hours and viola!
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Absolutely perfect! Didn’t change a thing. My husband said this was GREAT!!!
Excellent as is but variations are endless. Had pork and Italian sausage to use up another time so used it and no chicken. Used both spinach and kale, added sliced carrots for more veggies. Definitely needs more broth IMO so I end up using about 64 oz. Healthy and easy to throw together.
I first saw a very similar recipe, which was titled Etruscan Peasant Soup, in a Taste of Home Cooking School publication at least 15 years ago. It has become one of our favorites.For the two of us, I prepare this recipe using 50% of the amounts listed. I omit the chicken and substitute cooked shell or other small pasta for the beans. Since even a half-recipe provides us with leftovers I cook enough pasta for the entire batch of soup, then add some of it to our bowls. I refrigerate the leftover pasta separately and finish it up when we eat the remaining soup.Note: I leave the casings on the sausage links and brown them before slicing. It just makes for a prettier presentation, IMO.
This is our favorite soup on a cold, snowy day like today.
Wife and daughter LOVED this soup. I did add 32 oz of chicken broth, 2 bouillon cubes, about 1 1/2 lbs of chicken breasts and 6 FULL cups of fresh spinach. A keeper!
Wife and daughter loved it. A keeper. Will make again on another cold winters day. I did add extra chicken broth (32 oz) and was a little heavier on the spinach, plus 2 cubes of chick broth.
Wow, my family loved this! If I could give it 10 stars I would. Easy to half since there's only three of us with leftovers for lunch the next day. Have passed this recipe on to several coworkers also
This is one of our favorite soups. I do use the ground Italian turkey sausage instead for a healthier version. I think it is a very attractive soup to serve with all the various colors.