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Overhead view of a small crock of Sausage Orzo Soup with a spoon dipped in for a bite.

Sausage Orzo Soup (Gluten-Free Friendly)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: About 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups soup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Sausage Orzo Soup – This Sausage Vegetable Orzo Soup is loaded with gorgeous Italian-inspired flavors and tender pasta. It’s perfect for a cozy day! (Gluten-Free Friendly)



  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. pork, turkey, or chicken Italian sausage (casings removed, if applicable)
  • 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/41/2 tsp. salt (optional–salt to taste)
  • 2 (14.5oz) cans crushed fire-roasted tomatoes (can use diced)
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (I prefer low-sodium)
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (gluten-free or grain-free, as needed)
  • 23 cups spinach, torn or roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil


  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add sausage and cook until browned and completely cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Remove cooked sausage from pot and set aside.
  4. Add onion, carrots, celery, and bell peppers and cook 6-8 minutes, or until veggies are mostly tender. (A little bit is okay, as they’ll continue cooking later.)
  5. Add garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir and cook 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  6. Add canned tomatoes to the pot. Return the cooked sausage to the pot and stir to combine.
  7. Pour in veggie broth and stir to combine the soup.
  8. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 20-30 minutes, or until the flavors have blended and the veggies are tender.
  9. While the soup is cooking, cook your orzo according to the package directions. (Don’t forget to salt the water as directed, as it will help your pasta taste its best.)
  10. When the soup is done simmering, add spinach, cooked orzo, and fresh basil to the soup pot. Stir until spinach is wilted. Serve warm!
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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