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This Quick and Easy Sausage Soup is comforting and delicious, plus it uses minimal ingredients. Ready in 20 minutes and the perfect easy winter soup recipe.
Some days I just find myself super busy with hundreds of things going on at the same time. Those are of course the days when I wake up with a clear agenda or at the very least some sort of plan of how to get everything done before I lay my head down that night to fall asleep.
And as usual, those are the days when nothing seems to go as planned or something will happen during the middle of the day to make me have to cancel some of my plans, leaving things undone until some other time.
It's usually on these days, when I have my head down working, that I will hear "So what are we having for dinner?". It's at this point that I am thinking to myself that I have not even thought about dinner.
Surely something quick such as pizza, take-out, or any drive-thru window would be a quick and easy solution, but another option for me is always a quick one-pot meal. Something that I can just grab some ingredients, put them together, and make a hearty meal.
I mean really who isn’t up for a quick one-pot meal, especially if it involves items that I already have on hand and in my kitchen. Also during the colder months, soup is always a wonderful idea.
I usually pair this with some cornbread and I never hear any complaints when I quickly return back to what I was working on prior to dinner.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Sausage - The meaty portion of the soup, use mild or hot ground Italian sausage.
- Diced Tomatoes - A single can of diced tomatoes is needed for this soup to provide some acid as well as additional flavor.
- Chicken Broth - Helps to create the base of the soup, as well as flavor and make the broth rich and smooth. You may also use bone broth or chicken stock if you prefer.
- Thyme - Adds a slightly woodsy and herby flavor to the soup. Helps to bring out the flavor of the Italian sausage.
- Rosemary - Provides a nice herby savory note to the soup. Feel free to omit this ingredient if you prefer.
- Ground Black Pepper - Helps to keep the soup from tasting flat and brings out the other ingredient flavors in the soup. Add more if you prefer.
- Great Northern Beans - Use the canned version to bulk up the soup with this mildly nutty bean.
- Garbanzo Beans - Also known as chickpeas, will help to thicken the soup and add additional protein.
See the recipe card below for exact ingredients and quantities.
Step By Step Instructions
Begin the recipe with a large stock pot, add the sausage and cook over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease/oil if necessary before moving on to the next step.
With the pot still over medium-high heat, add in the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, rosemary, and ground black pepper. Stir to combine. Bring the soup to a rolling boil and add in the northern beans and garbanzo beans.
Allow the soup to cook until heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust the heat to low and allow it to simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the soup while it is still warm with your favorite bread. Enjoy!
If you have any soup leftovers, then be sure to store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop or inside the microwave for a few minutes.
Quick and Easy Sausage Soup
- 1 Large Stock Pot or Dutch Oven
- 1 pound ground mild or hot Italian sausage
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
- 14.5 ounces chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 15.8 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 16 ounces garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- With the pot still over medium-high heat, add in the 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, 14.5 ounces chicken broth, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
- Bring the soup to a rolling boil and add in the 15.8 ounces of northern beans and 16 ounces of garbanzo beans.
- Allow the soup to cook until heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust the heat to low and allow it to simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the soup while it is still warm with your favorite bread. Enjoy!
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Original post date 02/06/2013. Updated 11/04/2022.
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