Start to table…under one hour…


Fast, hot, easy…your family will love it and it’s a great way to sneak some veggies past the kids.  (Okay…you can see the veggies, but they’ll want to eat them!)  Serve with garlic bread for the family and a quick Caesar  Salad for an “Italian” meal that will be a hit.

This freezes great – so don’t worry about there being too much.  As with any soup, it’s also better as leftovers!

To make it vegetarian sub out the real sausage for the Boca Italian Sausages…(photo below…).  So good!




1 tablespoon olive oil
One pound turkey Italian sausage – I use sweet (or Boca for vegetarian)
One clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Splenda
Two carrots, sliced
Two 14-ounce cans low-sodium beef broth
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
One 15-ounce can Cannellini beans, drained
One zucchini, cubed
2 cups fresh spinach, torn
Fresh parmesan cheese for garnish


In a large saucepan brown sausage and garlic in olive oil. Stir in Splenda, carrots, broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add beans and zucchini. Return to simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes approx Eight 1-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 151; Protein 13 g; Fat 5 g; Carbs 9 g; Sugar 2 g; Sodium 406 mg

16 Comments Add yours

  1. It must be the day, we’re blogging about soup too! You’re recipe looks fantastic. Perhaps that would cure my cold – yum!

  2. This soup looks very satisfying and warming! Great to come into this kind of dinner after a chilly day outside!!

  3. Heather says:


    I’m so glad I found this blog. I love it.

    You know that green that Olive Garden puts into their soup? Kale, I think? (But I’m not sure.) I wonder if that would be good in substitute for the spinach? (Not such a fan of cooked spinach.)

    1. Linda says:

      YES! Kale would be very good. It’s a little more bitter (to me, at least), and has more ‘bite’…more substance, but yes…it would be great!

  4. Bronwyn says:

    I’ll be cooking this tonight. Thanks!

  5. Laura Casper says:

    The recipe sounds easy and yummy. I’m with Heather about the cooked spinach. I wonder if I could switch it out for cabbage, which I love? I think I’ll try it and see how it turns out!
    I love your website. It’s simple and easy to follow. I don’t cook very often but I always want to try your recipes. I always know exactly what you’re saying, whereas some recipes are over my head in terms of knowing what the ingredients are or what the cooking terms mean. Thanks for keeping it simple for us non-cooks.
    I also like the little pictures at the top of the page. They always make me smile!

  6. Midsomermaven says:

    I have made this soup many times and it is fantastic!! Thanks for such a winner Miss Linda!!

  7. CaSaundra says:

    I love the boca sausages, but I’ve currently been eating a lot of chicken sausages which would probably go good in this as well!

  8. Leigh Ann says:

    OMG.. I am so happy I could cry. I am 3 days post op RNY and have been so worried about finding decent recipes. Your blog is awesome and you need to publish a book.

  9. Melody says:

    I love your blog Linda! Thanks for all the great recipes. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.
    I have tried a couple versions of this with cabbage and it was very good.
    I also have made several versions of the Olive Garden one using different types of sausage (one of my favorites was an apple smoke chicken sausage) and adding a lot more kale to make it healthier.

  10. Lory says:

    I made this recipe tonight, and it was amazing. I went to the grocery store but forgot to buy the beef broth and canned diced tomatoes, so I used low sodium chicken broth and diced fresh tomatoes with a small can of tomato sauce instead. So good! Thanks Linda =)

  11. Kelly says:

    Linda, I made this last night. It is, by far, the best soup I’ve made in a very long time. My question is this. Did you chop up the Sweet Italian Turkey Sausages? I ended up removing the casing and chopping them into small bite-size pieces. My whole family has flipped over this and my dad cannot wait to get a bowl tonight for dinner! Many thanks! Kelly

    1. Linda says:

      I got the uncooked in casings – the stuff that’s ground up like hamburger inside and raw. Removed the casings, plopped the whole thing in there and broke it up with a fork as it cooked. It crumbles up on it’s own.
      I guess either ones will work!!

  12. Kelly says:

    This just keeps getting better and better. My aunt just called me and screamed (literally) about how insanely delicious this is and it is now her FAVORITE SOUP OF ALL TIMES! I sent her home with a bowl last night. I sent a large bowl home with my mom last night for she and my dad. Unfortunately for her, my dad devoured the entire bowl. She didn’t get a bite or even a whiff! So, I’ve been asked to make another big pot of this. My family and I are in love with this. My aunt said is healthy and yet its truly comfort in a bowl. Linda, you are just MY HEROINE! Kelly

    1. Linda says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly!!
      I’m glad your family loved it!

  13. michele says:

    I made this for my hubby and me and we loved it. He had enough for several lunches. Today he called and asked me to make another batch! It has been raining so it is the perfect meal. Thanks again!

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