This sausage and vegetable soup recipe is hearty and delicious. Italian sausage, potatoes, and a flavorful broth make a tasty and filling meal.
I've made this soup twice so far, and it makes excellent leftovers. It's one of those soups that tastes even better a day or two later. It's one of my favorite lunches to take to work these days.
This Italian sausage and vegetable soup is very easy to make and actually fairly healthy due to all the veggies. The hardest part is chopping everything up, but I like to chop as I go along to save some time.
Can I substitute Italian sausage for another kind?
Absolutely! You could even use chicken sausage. I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville's mild Italian sausages. Feel free to use hot or whatever kind you like best.
Pro tip: I spoon out some of the fat (about half) after I cook the sausage meat, but I do like to leave some in - it helps cooks the onions and celery and also adds more flavor to the soup. If your sausage isn't very fatty, don't bother draining it at all.
Like this recipe? You may also like my Crockpot Italian sausage soup, this sausage and sweet potato soup, kielbasa soup, or my Italian sausage tortellini soup.
Can I add other vegetables to this soup?
Yes! This is one of those soups where you could definitely clean out the fridge. Feel free to substitute any veggies you don't like in this soup. I loved adding the red peppers because sausage and peppers go so well together!
Will you give this sausage and vegetable soup a try?
Questions? Let me know in the comments!
Sausage and Vegetable Soup
- 17.6 ounces Italian sausages cut up/crumbled
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 3 sticks celery chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 medium carrots sliced/chopped
- 2 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup corn (I used frozen)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain a bit of the fat, leaving some in for flavor. I prep as I go along, so I chop the onion and get the other ingredients started as the sausage cooks.
- Add the onion, celery, and garlic to the pot. Continue cooking it for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop any remaining ingredients.
- Add in the chicken broth, water, carrots, potatoes, red pepper, and corn. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
- Season with salt & pepper as needed.
- I prep as I go along, so if you don't do that, prep time will take a bit longer.
- I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages. You can use ground sausage meat if you prefer.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Gary Opitz says
Added brussel sprouts, 2 Jalapenos and parsnips and it was excellent!!!
This was a good base. I substituted cauliflower rice and turnips for corn and potates. Added lots of loose spices I had around the house. Looking forward to eating it tonight and hope to use it again as I got a lot of sausage with my half a hog.
So glad you enjoyed it, Paige! Yes, it's definitely one of those recipes that lends itself to using up what you've got in the house. 🙂
My household loves this soup! We actually used red pepper initially instead of bell pepper and it was amazing (loved the kick!). Trying it tonight with just the red bell.
Debi Masullo says
Made this for dinner last night, added yellow Squash and some heavy cream..so super delicious!
Yay!! That's great.
My family and I absolutley LOVE this soup! It has become a favorite in our household, and is commonly requested upon! We usually leave out the red pepper because the mild sausage carries enough heat for our taste buds but if you are someone who prefers a little more heat then go for it! I can't stress enough how amazing this soup is, try it at home and it will be worth your while!
Aww I'm so happy your family enjoys it! Thank you! By the way - I use a red bell pepper in there, so there is no heat. I didn't mean a chili pepper. I will update the recipe card to be more clear!
Terry Harl says
I have made this soup many times. Delicious! I do add spinach and carrots. My picky eater grandson loves it. He hates vegetables but inhales this soup. I do top with cheese when serving.
Wonderful! I am so happy to hear that he enjoys it!
Used this as a baseline but subbed in what I had in the fridge. ....turkey sausage, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, lentils. Super hardy and will be better in few days.
Awesome!! That's great.
Gwen A says
I made this soup but thinking I added too much red pepper (for others, but not me) and I added spinach. It a very delicious soup. Thank you for sharing!
So glad you liked it, Gwen!
This recipe was so easy or make and super delicious! I substituted the red pepper and corn with kale instead. So delicious! I will def be making this again!
So happy to hear it!
Would you consider making these into videos in the future? I like to watch people cook first to make sure I'm doing everything right lol.
Hi Norma! I have done videos for some of my recipes, but honestly they're a heck of a lot of work, so at this time I don't really plan on doing a ton more since it's just me running this website haha. For one video it's probably 8 hours of work when you count all the planning, setup, prep, cleanup, and then finally editing the video and putting it all together. This soup is fairly straightforward - I think you will do just fine. 🙂 I think the more you cook, the more it'll all be second nature.
I've been making sausage soup for about five six years and I still like to change it around from time to time thank you for the information
Super Simple soup but even my 12 year old son loved it.
I used Vegetable stock so I could leave the sausage out for my vegan daughter.
I added: Beans, tomato, zucchini, kale, parsley, thyme and a little red chili flake.
But as mentioned this soup makes a great base to add whatever you would like to it.
Thanks for the recipe!
You're very welcome, Brenda! So happy you were able to feed both kids with it 🙂
This recipe was so simple and delicious! I added a bit of oregano to give it an extra "oomph" and no water. Will definitely be making this again! 🙂
So happy to hear it!!
Love this soup! I used sweet potato instead of regular and I also used mild and hot sausages and it turned out great!
Yay so glad you liked this soup, Kimmy!! 😉
Leigh Ann says
I love the idea of a sausage and vegetable soup! My whole family would gobble this one up!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
This soup looks amazing! LOVE!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
This soup looks so incredible right now! LOVE!!!!
Karen Ross says
I'm excited to try this for dinner tomorrow. It sounds delicious!
Hope you like it, Karen!
Natasha's Sister says
Are you going to make this for me without sausage? Thx.
Ashlyn @ F5 Method says
I love the idea of Italian sausage in soup! Loading it up with veggies and adding chicken broth is simple and genius!