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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup

Everyone in my family likes this soup recipe. Sometimes I add mini farfalle because my grandchildren say the noodles look like tiny butterflies. This recipe also works in a slow cooker. —Nancy Murphy, Mount Dora, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook sausage, onion and pepper over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 4-6 minutes, breaking sausage into crumbles; drain.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, basil and parsley; bring to a boil. Stir in zucchini and orzo; return to a boil. Cook, covered, until zucchini and orzo are tender, 10-12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 191 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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