Zuppa Salsiccia, Italian Sausage Soup

February 16, 2011 at 6:42 am | Posted in Italian, Soup | 39 Comments
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Zuppa Salsiccia simply translates to Sausage Soup, which seems like such a modest description for this incredibly flavorful dish. 

This soup, hands down, is our favorite in my database. I’ve had this recipe for many years and every time we make it we comment about why we don’t have it more often.  Alongside a beautiful green salad dressed with your favorite vinaigrette and a chunk of crusty bread, this is elegant enough to serve as a main course at a dinner party. 

An easy fix, the hardest part is giving up a cup and a half of good drinking red wine to simmer in the broth. The combination of both sweet and hot Italian sausage which has  long simmered in beef stock, red wine and tomatoes, seasoned with green bell pepper, garlic, onion and basil makes for an incredibly flavorful treat. Ladling it over some al dente large shell pasta and topping with it with some shredded Parmesan cheese finishes this delicious soup.  You really must give this one a try. 

Zuppa Salsiccia:

  • 3 links hot Italian Sausage
    3 links sweet Italian Sausage
    1 1/2 cups good quality red wine
    3 cups beef broth
    2 cans stewed tomatoes
    1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
    1 whole green pepper, chopped
    2 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped, plus some for garnish
    2 Tbs dried basil
    3 whole garlic cloves,  minced
    2 Tbs olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
    Large shell pasta, cooked al-la-dente

1. In a deep pan brown sausage thoroughly, remove from pan and drain well. In same pan saute onions, green peppers and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add sausage and red wine and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for at least one hour.

About 15 minutes before soup is done, cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain and keep warm. In a soup bowl spoon a few pasta shells, pour a generous helping of soup over top.  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and some parsley for garnish.

Servings: 8

Zuppa Salsiccia…It’s What’s For Dinner.

Zuppa Salsiccia is heading over to paradise for Deb’s Souper Sunday.

And also entering this in: “Come join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster Crackers



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  1. Looks great!
    You should enter it for Soup-a-la-looza, or whatever they’re calling it.

    • Thanks Steve! I did enter and thanks for the information

  2. Looks delicious, I have to give this one a try!

  3. This soup sound awesome. What a great photo too!

    • Thanks so much for the compliment!

  4. This looks SO good! I am bookmarking this.

    • You wouldn’t believe how many of your recipes I have bookmarked Stephanie!

  5. I’m making soup tonight… Nothing as good looking as yours

    • Can’t wait to read all about it Dave.

  6. Great set up for the shot – especially like the cheese and bread dish. The soup looks and sounds very good, but I’ll have to wait for the next cool spell to try it – it’s so warm here I’m in shorts while I BBQ. 🙂

    • We’ve had warm weather too Larry. Not quite “shorts” warm, but we’re all celebrating. I’m sure we’ll have one more “soup weather spell” before it’s all over with.

  7. OGM, I love Italian sausage in anything, and this soup sounds so good! I’m also fond of dishes with parsley and thinly sliced scallions. That picture is gorgeous – I’d order it if it were on a menu. 🙂

    • I just saw that I wrote OGM – that will stand for Oh Goodness Me, okay? 😀

      • Hereinafter and officially referred to as: oh goodness me! LOL

    • Thanks Vickie! This is our favorite soup. Bob just took a cooking class and is now a world class parsley chopper. We’ll be having more of it. 🙂

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  9. Okay — this looks and sounds very terrific! WANT!

  10. This looks great LeaAnn. I’m craving rustic and earthy food after what feels like mainlining sweets for months now. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • I couldn’t agree more!

  11. That red wine is quite a sacrifice but a cooks gotta to what a cooks gotta do! This looks fabulous.

    • LOL, love it Karen

  12. This is a perfect time of year for soup. Yours looks great!

    • Thanks Beth! We’ve been having Spring like weather, but actually I can have a bowl of soup in any weather.

  13. We get to drink the rest of the wine, yes? Soup looks fantastic!

    • Absolutely Liz!!!!

  14. This sure sounds good… there’s nothing in that soup I don’t like. I always feel the same way about using wine when cooking. Ha!

    • Thanks Karen, I knew many of us would relate to that! 🙂

  15. You have inspired me, Lea Ann. A lovely pot of soup is just what we need this weekend.

    • Uh-oh, are you having cold weather? Which usually means you’re sending it our way. 🙂

  16. Looks great, sounds awesome! I like that it combines sweet and hot sausage. I want to try this one for sure.

    • Thanks Chris! Hope you like it as much as we do.

  17. It doesn’t get much better than sausage soup. Yum! Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays. It is great to have you back this week.



    • Thanks Deb. As much as I love soup, there’s no reason for me not to be a feature every Sunday. Love Souper Sunday

  18. I can just smell the wonderful aroma this soup must give off. I wonder if it would work well in a slow cooker? I agree about the wine. It would be tough to give up a good glass of drinking wine, but it sounds like it’s well worth the sacrifice.

  19. Soup looks beautiful!

  20. This looks incredible Lee Ann! You’ve been holding out on us with this one! What else are you keeping from us? Your picture is gorgeous. I have to make this real soon!

    • I hope you like it as well as we do. Let me know.

  21. I’m a sucker for a good soup, and this sounds delish!

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