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Rustic Tuscan-Style Sausage Soup


One of my biggest pet peeves in life is when someone says they’re going to do something and then they don’t. Even if it’s something little – text me later, finish a project by the end of the week, call me on their lunch break, send me an email as soon as they get back to their office, meet me for coffee…on time. If I tell someone I’m going to do something — I do it. And if I don’t, I feel really, really, really bad because I simply forgot.

But then there’s the empty words of things people (or myself) say that you know will never come to fruition.


Like after a bad break-up when you promise to keep in touch. Truth is, things are never the same and a friendship never comes about.

Or when you buy the candy ONLY for Trick-or-Treaters and you swear that if there’s any leftover, you’ll just take it to work. Except a week later, you’re surrounded in fun size candy wrappers for the 7th straight night.

Or when you go on vacation and take workout clothes for every day you’re away, swearing you’ll work hard at not coming back up 5 pounds from all the margaritas and desserts you enjoyed.

Or when you think in your head, “I can play in a 10pm hockey game, get home at midnight, and get up at 5am for the gym, too.” Yeah, it aint gunna happen.


And when your husband jokes for the better part of a decade that he’s going to shave his head bald because his hairline is receding, you never believe him. That is, until you come home from work on a Monday (i.e. yesterday) to find him totally and completely bald. FACT.

Sometimes, people surprise you…and sometimes pleasantly so. Like when your coworker raves about a soup she made and promises to bring you the recipe…and then she does. The very next day (i.e. this recipe). #sogood


5.0 from 2 reviews
Rustic Tuscan-Style Sausage Soup
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Serves: 5
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 sweet Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ Tbsp dried basil
  • 8 oz dry whole wheat shell pasta
  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break the sausage into pieces, cooking it until browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. To the pot, add the carrots and onion and saute for 5-6 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, and basil; turn the heat up to high and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in the pasta and cook for 7-9 minutes or until al dente.
  4. Stir in the spinach and black pepper; cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe from Pin Cookie
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~2 cups Calories: 410 Fat: 8.4 Carbohydrates: 56.2 Sugar: 6.4 Sodium: 691 Fiber: 11.2 Protein: 27.2 Cholesterol: 42

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  1. Biz
    November 5, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    Well, you know I will leave out the onion, but this is going on the short list of things to make in the soup category. It may even rival my beloved lasagna soup! And playing hockey is exercise, wouldn’t worry about not getting up the next day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Jessica @ Sunny Side Up
    November 5, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    And now I know what’s for dinner tonight! This is perfect for the sausage I have left over from stuffed acorn squash!

    • Jessica @ Sunny Side Up
      November 5, 2013 / 11:43 pm

      Well, I had to make a few substitutions (no diced tomatoes so I added the only tomatoes I had, tomato paste(!) and kale instead of spinach) since I couldn’t get the baby out of the house today, but the soup still turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing!

      And I’m still LOLing at you coming home to a bald husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Samantha Angela
    November 6, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Now the real</em? question is whether or not Mr. P will maintain his bald head…it seems like that would be a lot of work.

    • Nicole, RD
      November 9, 2013 / 2:27 pm

      So far – no maintenance…and it could use it. Haha!

  4. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    November 6, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    Fact – my husband has been grappling on and off with shaving his head bald. He has the tiniest bit of hair on top and it’s thicker around the sides. He went bald about two weeks ago and I’m still not sure if I’m used to it yet!

    • Nicole, RD
      November 9, 2013 / 2:26 pm

      Haha, I love it!

  5. Karen
    November 21, 2013 / 1:13 am

    Hubby is feeling a little under the weather and wanted soup, so I made this for dinner last night exactly as the recipe is written, except I used hot sausages because we like things spicy, and 2 instead of 3 only because I didn’t notice until I got home that the butcher shorted me one sausage. Oh well, it actually seemed like the perfect amount for the recipe. The soup is delicious and full of flavor. Hubby had two bowls for dinner and thought about coming home for lunch today to eat the leftovers. We give it 2 steaming hot thumbs up! The only thing I would change next time is to use a little less pasta to make it more brothy. Thanks for the yummy recipe, Nicole!

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