Italian Garden Soup

Italian Garden Soup

I have had a few people ask me for this recipe and I am happy to share it with you.  It is actually a recipe taken from a cookbook, a friend and my own touches.

This soup is easy to make and very filling.  I usually serve it with homemade biscuits.

I hope you enjoy it during the cold winter months.

1 pound sausage (ground or sweet cut up-we prefer the ground sausage), or ground beef (I am going to try meatballs next time)
 extra-virgin olive oil
app 1 cup chopped or frozen onion
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, un-drained
1 can (15 1/2 ounces cannelloni beans, un-drained (you can also use navy or kidney beans if you prefer)
1 can zucchini in tomato sauce (or 1 med zucchini-chopped)
1 cup frozen cut green beans, thawed
1/2 to a 1 pkg of frozen spinach, thawed (basically use as much or as little as you like)
2 cans (14 ounces of chicken broth), I have used beef when I did not have chicken on hand and it turned out just as good)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 TBL fresh chopped fresh basil
1 pkg (9 ounces) refrigerated sausage or cheese filled tortellini pasta OR gnocchi (we have used both and both are delicious)
Grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese or a combination of the two.
1. Cook and drain onion and the ground meat.
2. Add meat, tomatoes with juice, beans with juice, zucchini – with sauce, green beans, spinach, broth, dash or two of olive oil and garlic powder to 5 qt crock pot.  Cover; cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 1/2 hours.
3. Turn crock pot to HIGH.  Add tortellini or gnocchi and cook 20-25 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.  Stir in basil.  Garnish each serving with cheese.
NOTE: you do not have to add meat, that was one of my additions, my husband likes meat in his soups. I have had it without the meat and it is just as delicious.  Also you can substitute vegetables if you do not prefer to use what I do, or add more – whatever your taste.

41 thoughts on “Italian Garden Soup

  1. Soup looks delicious! Hey, thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy looking through the recipes and try a few of them sometime. Please let me know if you try anything and what you think of the results!


  2. Mmm, That looks delicious. This is one of my favorite soup but I don’t know how to make one. I’m going to ask my wife if she can follow this recipe. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing this….have a great week.


  3. This looks and sounds great! I’m sure it’s good with all the veggies and the meat…hope you are enjoying your break Patty.



      1. Sounds like a treat. My wife gets requests for East Coast “pot pie” about this time of year. It’s a chicken/noodle dish with veggies and such…

        Enjoy your special dish with your daughter!



      2. We call it PA Dutch Pot Pie (or Amish) – and although I enjoy it I still prefer the pie crust pot pie. When we moved here to PA most people had not heard of pot pie the way mom would fix it. Mom being a stubborn German refused to make the “American” way she would say. lol But on a cold winter night it is the perfect meal. And we just had our Italian Garden soup – always the first of the season. Now I am thinking of split pea soup…creamy, hot and delicious!

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      3. I always loved the crust pie, so when I was first served the PA style, I was disappointed. It’s still not my favorite, but it is good and hot on a cold day!



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