eatsCrystal Blanchette

Italian Sausage Stew

eatsCrystal Blanchette
Italian Sausage Stew

I very much enjoy a light veggie soup in the summer but throw a little sausage in the mix and I’m golden. Even a veggie sausage. This soup recipe reminds me of my summer in Italy before marriage and kids. My feet up on the deck watching the sunset in my little villa with a glass of crisp pinot to wash it down. Now I’d be lucky to get a few bites of a lukewarm bowl of this deliciousness while standing over the sink. At least I have the memories, and now you have the recipe.


Time: 45 min Serving: 6


  • 1 cup cut fresh zucchini
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cut fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 lb ground italian sausage or ground veggie sausage
  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first 8 ingredients with a little olive oil stirring occasionally.  
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, brown sausage in oil over medium heat.
  4. Add a small amount of hot water.
  5. Cover and cook until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
  6. Cut into 1/4-in. slices and add to soup.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  8. Toss in spinach. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if you are a cheese head like me.