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Italian Sausage & Orzo Soup

  • Author: Jodi
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 can (15 oz) diced Italian tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili Flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Orzo pasta
  • 2 cups spinach, I like to use baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the sausage and continue to cook until sausage is browned.
  2. Add the chicken stock and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, basil and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat heat to medium low and simmer. Add Orzo and cover and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent Orzo from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Spinach and half and half. Season with salt and pepper and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins