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Italian sausage and pastina soup served in a red bowl with a piece of bread in the background and a large spoon and blue napkin to the left.
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Italian Sausage and Pastina Soup

This Italian Sausage and Pastina Soup is delicious and really easy to make. It’s loaded with Italian sausage, vegetables and pasta.
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy soups, Italian sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 374kcal
Author Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Mild Italian Sausage casing removed and torn into pieces (or use bulk sausage)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 14.5 ounce can Whole Tomatoes chopped (use kitchen shears to make quick work of this)
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 10 ounce Frozen Mixed Vegetables cooked just enough to defrost
  • ½ cup Star Shape Pastina
  • Salt to taste only if needed

Instructions

  • Remove the sausage from its casing and tear into small pieces, or use bulk sausage.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for approximately 5 minutes to brown, stirring frequently and breaking up large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add the garlic, oregano and black pepper to the pot. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and chicken broth, stir well, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil. Then, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the soup, for 15-20 minutes, keeping it at a simmer, lower the heat just a bit if it’s boiling too vigorously. Stir occasionally.
  • In the meantime, cook the frozen vegetables just enough to defrost them and drain well. Follow the package directions and cut the cooking time by about half.
  • Add the pastina and the mixed vegetables to the pot and stir well. Raise the heat and bring to liquid to a boil. Then, lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook the soup for approximately 15 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Taste the soup, add salt if needed.

Notes

After browning the sausage, use a ladle to remove excess oil from the pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1533mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2479IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg