Yummy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Soup

So… its winter in Minnesota. For those of you who don’t live here, you have likely heard horror stories. Minnesota tends to have a reputation for miserable winters.

What, do people think that -10 degrees isn’t pleasant or something?

This year, we are short staffed at work so I get to share in the joy of shoveling an 18,000 square foot building. YES! It honestly isn’t that bad. It is a totally creative and HARD work out. Our building is an entire city block all the way around so yesterday when it snowed 4 inches, it took us 3 hours to clear it which was 3 hours of cardio and high reps, low weight muscle building! Don’t think shoveling counts as a workout? You are welcome to join us!

So because its cold outside and that makes us feel shitty inside, I have been on the soup train lately. Last week it was white chicken chili, yum! My chili didn’t have the “usual” consistency of white chicken chili because it was made paleo, therefore no thickening flour but it had the same kickin’ taste!

This week, it was all about the Italian Sausage soup.

Soup is such a great go-to comfort food to warm you from the inside out! In the past, we basically lived off of soup & bread in the winter. Campbell’s soup was paired either with Hawaiian rolls for dipping or buttered wheat bread.

Going gluten free has been the hardest part of my transition to a paleo lifestyle so I will admit that I was feeling a little sad that I didn’t have a roll to dip in my soup. BUT the amount of flavor in this soup and how delicious it is – TOTALLY makes up for it! So try it – its better than Campbell’s! Shhh…. Don’t tell them I said that!

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Italian Sausage Soup

What you need

1 LB Italian sausage links, casings removed

1 sweet onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

3 carrots, thinly sliced

3 celery stalks, diced

1 zucchini, sliced and halved

1 squash (zucchini), sliced and halved

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

5 cups chicken broth

1 tsp onion powder

Olive oil

What to do

  • Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan. Once hot, add the Italian sausage and cook through.
  • Add vegetables and seasonings to the saucepan, let simmer 5-7 minutes until veggies start to soften
  • Add the chicken broth
  • Cover and turn down heat, simmer for 30-45 minutes
  • Enjoy this deliciously comforting soup!

Note: this recipe will yield a pretty large pot of soup, you will get about 6-8 servings out of it (depending on how big your bowl is 🙂 ). Sorry mom, next time I will double it and freeze some for later! ❤

Happy Eating!

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