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Sausage Zucchini Soup

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian


Ease into fall with this sausage zucchini soup. It combines fresh and pantry ingredients for one hearty bowl of soup. 


Units Scale
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil
  • 810 oz. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 12 stalks celery, chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh minced basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley or 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • 1 (8-10 oz.) zucchini, cut in half horizontally then sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup dry orzo
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper

To Serve

  • Fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large dutch-oven, heat avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add onions, celery, bell pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook until tender, 5-7 minutes, while stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, basil, parsley, and red chili flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer. Stir in zucchini and orzo. Reduce heat and cook partially covered until tender, 10-12 minutes.
  4. Serve with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.


  • Canned Tomatoes: The soup has plenty of smokiness from the sausage. If you like extra smoky flavor, use fire-roasted tomatoes, otherwise, regular diced tomatoes work great.
  •  Leftovers: Leftover soup will last in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days when stored in an airtight container. The soup will thicken when refrigerated. If desired, thin out with a splash of chicken stock. Reheat leftovers on the stovetop over medium heat.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 425
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 967.3 mg
  • Fat: 29.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1 g
  • Protein: 18.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 65.7 mg