Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
Makes6 servings (2 quarts)
The only thing I did differently was to add an extra cup of beef stock and some garlic. This was very good! And I especially like the fact that it can be a quick supper. It doesn't have to simmer for hours like some soups do. I've made it twice already and my husband and I both enjoy it.
The first time I made this soup it was delicious. The second time I made a few changes. I added 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic, ground fennel and freshly ground black pepper (to taste), a pinch of dried red pepper flakes and a small jar of [drained] mushrooms. I was out of orzo, so I substituted a half cup of elbow macaroni. It was more like a stew, so I added a bit more beef broth and adjusted the salt (also to taste) It was even more delicious! I will be making this soup often. Thank you, Nancy Murphy!
I made this last night to take to a ladies group. At the end, I thought it needed a little something, so I added little cheese tortellinis and a few drops of hot sauce to the soup and cooked a little longer. The ladies seemed to really like it! I thought it was good, and plan to make it again. I'd probably add more zucchini to it next time also.
Really good and fresh tasting. Made as written except used chicken broth instead of beef and added a can of cannelloni beans. Might add some garlic next time.
The premise sounded promising, so I clicked. Wow, was I surprised to see not only canned tomatoes, but only one measly zucchini! Shouldn’t an end-of-summer recipe include the fresh end-of-summer produce? I can understand using canned produce in the winter, even early spring, but fresh tomatoes and zucchini are abundant, both from people's gardens and at the markets.
So easy to put together. I used mild sausage. Freezes well too. I will make it again and again.
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This recipe is a family favorite and a great way to use up homegrown zucchini, just add as many as you like. I am always asked for this recipe when I feed a crowd. Instead of orzo, I have substituted Farro or mini cheese ravioli.
Yummy and so quick and easy! Made recipe exact, but used bow tie pasta because had on hand. Looking forward to leftovers today. Thanks Nancy
I like this soup because it's just a little out of our family's normal comfort range, but everyone will eat it. The zucchini and orzo add a little bit of variety. We use spicy sausage for a bit of a kick. A solid recipe.