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Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

This Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo is a great clean out the fridge recipe! It’s packed with veggies, Italian sausage, orzo, and more!

Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo

I think we’ve officially crossed the line into fall here in Colorado. We’ve had plenty of cooler days, changing leaves, and pumpkin patch visits, but just as many warm, late summer days too. This week, though, I sense a change in the weather and in our meal planning. Soups, like this delicious Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo, and other hearty dishes are making their way onto our weekly menu.

The grill hasn’t been touched in a week. The evenings are cooler, darker, and much more fall-like. Our morning walks to school are chilly. No one wants to get out of their warm beds in the morning and I’m wearing pants, fuzzy socks, and boots. Yes, it is definitely fall. Yay for that!

I love that this Italian sausage soup is so full of pretty basic vegetables, yet nothing about it is boring. I mostly used it as a means to clean out the fridge of a bunch of random bits of leftover produce that was teetering a little too closely to past its prime status. Italian sausage soup is full of flavor from the rosemary, thyme, and Italian sausage. It is hearty without feeling heavy. And even Logan ate it!

We definitely aren’t there yet, but eventually the novelty of fall and winter produce will wear off. We’ll tire of carrots, potatoes, and squashSoups, like this Italian sausage and bean soup, are such a great way to stretch out the fall and winter produce. Perfect to present seasonal vegetables in different, more interesting ways when dinnertime starts getting repetitive and we find ourselves craving the bright, sunny spring and summer produce.

You can come up with so many different one-pot concoctions using what often feels like a very similar ingredient list and nearly identical preparation techniques. In that way, soup is an amazing dish!

Italian Sausage Soup Ingredients

This easy homemade soup is packed with veggies and flavorful Italian sausage. Here’s everything I used in this Italian sausage and orzo soup:

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red bell pepper
  • Italian sausage
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Water
  • Fresh herbs
  • Cannellini beans
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Orzo pasta

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Italian Sausage Soup

This truly is such an easy homemade soup to whip up on busy weeknights. Here’s how I make this Italian sausage soup recipe with orzo:

  1. Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and red bell pepper in an oiled soup pot or Dutch oven until the veggies begin to soften.
  2. Add the sausage, fire roasted tomatoes, broth, water, and fresh herbs. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the orzo is tender.
Italian Sausage Soup in white bowl on white plate with two spoons

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Can I Use Another Type of Sausage?

Yes, you’re welcome to use another type of sausage, if desired. Just note that the recipe below was created with the flavor of Italian sausage in mind, so be sure to pick a sausage that will taste delicious when paired with the other ingredients.

Can I Freeze Italian Sausage Soup?

Very easily! Simply ladle the cooled orzo soup into freezer bags or freezer-safe containers and freeze until ready to enjoy. You can reheat the Italian sausage soup from frozen or place it in the fridge overnight to thaw.

Tips for Making Italian Sausage Soup

I prefer using Italian sausage links in this orzo soup recipe. I first brown the sausage, then slice it into half-inch pieces before stirring it into the soup.

This easy homemade soup recipe is fairly flexible, so you can switch up the vegetables quite easily. For example, I used fresh spinach, but you could add fresh kale if that’s what you have on hand.

Once the orzo is added to the Italian sausage soup, be sure to cook it only until the orzo is tender. If you boil the orzo for too long, it’ll become mushy.

More Easy Soup Recipes:

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a fun twist on classic chicken noodle soup. It’s the perfect soup for soothing sore throats year-round!

This Pumpkin and Turkey Black Bean Chili is a great fall chili recipe with tons of flavor. Even better, it’s super easy to make!

If you’re looking for a creamy, rich and flavorful soup, try this Italian Sausage Kale Soup. It’s a lightened up version of an Olive Garden Classic and crowd favorite, Zuppa Toscana.

Not sure what to do with a ham bone? This Slow Cooker Ham Soup with Potatoes and Kale is both easy to prepare and flavorful, thanks to the use of a slow cooker and the rich flavor that a leftover ham bone imparts.

This Beefy Kidney Bean Chili is a classic chili recipe, super easy to prepare and the perfect chili recipe for loaded baked potatoes or chili dogs.

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Italian Sausage Orzo Soup recipe

Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

I love that this Italian Sausage Orzo Soup is so full of pretty basic vegetables, yet nothing about it is boring. I mostly used it as a means to clean out the fridge of a bunch of random bits of leftover produce that was teetering a little too closely to past its prime status.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into half moons - about 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 - 19 ounce package Italian Sausage, browned, cooked through and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 - 14 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 - 14 ounce can cannellini beans
  • 2 ounces chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup sliced green beans - about 1/2 inch in length
  • 2/3 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Instructions

  1. In a large soup post or French oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and red bell pepper. Sauté for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the veggies are fragrant and begin to soften.
  2. Add the sausage, fire roasted tomatoes, broth, water, rosemary, and thyme to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Stir periodically.
  3. Add the beans, spinach, green beans, and orzo. Continue cooking over low heat for 20 - 30 minutes, or until the orzo is cooked and tender. Remove the rosemary and thyme stems. Serve.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 563Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 55mgSodium 1783mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 8gSugar 9gProtein 29g

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Jennifer

Monday 30th of November 2015

This sounds like a wonderful conduit for leftover turkey as well as a stand-alone soup. Thanks!

Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Looks so warm and hearty. I love any soup with Italian sausage because it adds so much flavor. I'm also a huge fan of any soup with kale added at the end. Yum!

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Thanks :) It is amazing how much flavor even just a little bit of sausage can add to a soup.