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Zesty Italian Soup

While visiting my sister-in-law, we had a delicious Italian soup at a local restaurant. We decided to duplicate it at home and came up with this recipe. The seasonings and types of tomatoes can be varied to suit your family’s tastes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, carrot, jalapeno, Italian seasoning and garlic.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until heated through. Just before serving, stir in macaroni.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 205 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 1034mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Kristine
    Sep 17, 2020

    Excellent. Froze left overs for quick meal later

  • msmonika
    Apr 28, 2014

    Excellent recipe ! I've made this soooo many times we love it! we follow recipe as is. Superb!

  • pajamaangel
    Sep 27, 2013

    This was tasty. I will reduce the amount of canned tomatoes next time and add some fresh ones. I just don't care for the taste of canned tomatoes. Otherwidse, this was a good recipe.

  • Angel182009
    Jul 19, 2013

    It has been so hot where we live so I've been trying not to turn on the oven. This was great for the crock pot and super easy. Made the house smell great while it was cooking and tasted delicious.

  • CatMurphy
    Jun 23, 2013

    My husband really liked this soup. I'll make this again when the weather turns cold.

  • sydonia
    Nov 19, 2012


  • peacharmadillo
    Feb 11, 2012

    I pulled the jalapeno out after about two hours and served it with sour cream because I have a weak tongue. Our families' opinion is that the macaroni seemed to cut some spice too. Maybe I'll leave the jalapenos in for longer next time. Even good on a weak tongue.

  • Karenkls
    Jan 5, 2012

    I made this for our Christmas Eve dinner. My husband comes from an Italian family, and they LOVED it. Not bad for my first attempt at something "Italian" for our Christmas Eve dinner.

  • scrapo
    Oct 25, 2011

    Excellent! Loved the "zip" to its taste. Had to use 2 10 oz cans of the diced tomatoes w/ green chilis b/c that was all I could find at the store. Also used turkey sausage. Yum!

  • gandgs5872
    Oct 25, 2011

    need more more like this