Italian Vegetable Soup

This soup has always been a favorite of mine. My mom started fixing (yes, a Southern word) it when I was a teenager – many moons ago. Whenever the men-folk hear Italian Vegetable Soup, their noses and tummies immediately perk up in anticipation!

I’ve made this recipe several different ways – and it’s always yumm-o!


Italian Vegetable Soup

  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1 can (16 oz) whole tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 t dried basil – I use an Italian herb mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Brown sausage, onion and garlic, drain.  In a large saucepan, combine meat mixture, tomatoes (un-drained), beans, broth, water, zucchini and basil.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until zucchini is tender – about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese when serving.

Notes: You can substitute plain sausage and add extra Italian spices, or substitute sliced “link-style” sausages.  If you don’t have beef broth on hand, you can just use water and maybe add some beef bullion if you have that.  This recipe is easy to double and season to your taste.

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  1. Stopping by from Blessed with Grace. Yummy sounding recipe!! Pop by and visit mamabirdsnest(dot)blogspot

  2. Oooh, yum. Always looking for more soup recipes. Just made a fabulous Tortilla Soup that beats all I’ve ever tried!
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  3. WOW!!! this sounds and looks so AWESOME!!! and best of all YUMMY!!! for a cold winter’s day.
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  4. That sounds so good. Thanks for the recipe. Now I have a new one in my arsenal.

  5. This sounds wonderful, Myra, and best yet…I think I have it all in my pantry/freezer. :)
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  6. I’ve never seen this recipe before but I bet its really rich with all that Italian sausage. Do you think I could substitute a different bean for the garbanzo?
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  7. Oh yummy!! What a great idea to use Italian sausage in a soup/stew!! I will have to remember that! :)
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  8. That looks like a great soup. Will have to try

  9. This is the yummiest soup ever!! I’ve been thinking about making it soon!!
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  10. Oh man yummy love Italian sausage in there. Great recipe, thanks!

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  11. this looks wonderful! I’m a big fan of soups :)
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  12. I made this last night–I used fired roasted tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes, no beans, added green pepper. Really yummy! Esp with the cheese on top. Great with toast. Thanks for the recipe! I think I may add mushrooms next time too.

  13. Your mom rocks. Sounds SO good!
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  14. Looks yummy! Especially on a cold snowy day… will have to try it soon :)

  15. Found this recipe via pinterest and tried it tonight. It was wonderful. Thanks so much!!
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