Sausage and Vegetable Soup – This hearty, delicious soup has big flavors and light ingredients. The perfect nourishing soup for cold weather! (Gluten free, Paleo, and Whole30 Friendly)
Did you have a good holiday weekend, friends? I hope the answer is yes, whether you shared the day with friends, family, and a turkey feast or spent it solo in your pajamas watching movies you love.
In case you’re as over Thanksgiving leftovers as I am, today I’m re-visiting one of my FAVORITE cold-weather soups. This Sausage Vegetable Soup is just right for this week. It’s packed with veggies, loaded with color, and promises to deliver with big flavor.
Here’s why we can’t stop eating it…
Why This Sausage Vegetable Soup is Amazing:
BIG colors = veggie packed! First off, any time you get a chance to eat the nature-made rainbow, you’re doing GOOD things for your body, and this sausage and vegetable soup definitely delivers on the veggies. From the brights reds of the tomatoes, to the yellows and oranges you can bring in through the peppers and carrots, to the greens from zucchini and kale, this soup definitely feels (and looks) amazing.
An easy way to eat more greens – Next, let’s talk about the kalephant in the room. See what I did there? Because kale. It’s in this soup. Do you love it? Try to put it in everything? Aren’t a fan? Think it’s all hype? Whatever team you side with at camp kale, consider trying it in this soup. Kale holds up remarkably well without feeling like a super soggy mess. If you aren’t sure about it, feel free to start at the low end (1/2 bunch) and work your way up over time. REALLY not sure you can handle the kale? Skip it or swap it for baby spinach.
The flavor gets better with time. All those veggies bring their own yummy blend of flavors, and everything is tied together with a little bit of sausage to flavor the whole soup. Then, as the soup simmers, the flavors blend and meld together and the end result is delicious. The flavor only develops more with time, so I often make this in the morning when I plan to eat it at night, or I make it at night for the next day. So good!
You can mix & match goodies. Next time you need to clean out your crisper drawer, consider this sausage and vegetable soup! It’s easy to use up different veggies you have going on in the fridge here. Feel free to toss in a diced potato, yellow or butternut squash, different bell peppers, or some extra carrots. The more the merrier!
Notes on This Sausage Vegetable Soup
Let’s Talk Sausage. (You’re The Boss of Flavor!) I’ve made this sausage vegetable soup with ALL kinds of different sausage over the years–ground chicken or pork Italian sausage, sliced pre-cooked Italian chicken sausages, spicy andouille, and even mango jalapeño Aidell’s sausages once. Use your favorite. A little really does go a long way here, keeping the soup light while still packing a powerful flavor punch.
Swap the Veggies. If my veggie combination isn’t your jam, feel free to use what you have on hand to fill this sausage vegetable soup out a bit. You can add in more carrots, or some diced mushrooms, or that one potato you’ve been meaning to use. It’s allll good!
Or, Switch Up Your Greens (+Ways to Use Leftovers). Similarly, if you’re not a kale fan, you can swap in other greens here. I’ve used spinach, Swiss chard, and a “Supergreens” mix from the store. (If you’re looking for ways to use up extra greens, I recommend one of my smoothie recipes. This Blueberry Pomegranate or Chocolate Cherry number are extra amazing.)
An Extra Protein Boost. collagenI often stir in a few scoops of to this soup, along with the broth. It dissolves in cold or hot liquids, and you can’t taste it at all in soup. It’s an easy way to sneak in some extra protein!
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As always, if you have time, make this soup the night or morning before you plan on eating it to allow the flavors to blend. It gets so much better with time!
- 6–8oz sausage (Italian sausage, sliced andouille, whatever you like)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 zucchinis, quartered lengthwise and sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 quart vegetable broth
- 1/2–1 bunch kale (tough ribs removed and sliced or torn into small ribbons)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown sausage over medium heat.
- Add onion, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and cook 3-5 minutes, or until crisp tender.
- Next, add the zucchini and cook 1-2 minutes more. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes and vegetable broth.
- Cover the soup, bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer 20-30 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Add kale and stir to wilt.
- Category: Soup, Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American, Italian
Keywords: sausage kale soup, sausage vegetable soup, vegetable sausage soup, Italian sausage vegetable soup, vegetable soup, gluten free, dairy free
Recipe originally posted Feb 2014. Re-tested, rephotographed, and video added Nov 2018.