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Vegetarian Italian Sausage Soup

This week I was struggling to come up with ideas for my menu plan so I browsed my Pinterest boards.  I often pin recipes and then forget about them.  Looking through my soup board I came upon a recipe for tortellini sausage soup.  The original recipe wasn’t vegetarian but I knew it would be an easy adjustment to make.  I also used a mix of rotini and ditalini pasta instead of tortellini as I try to limit the amount of cheese we eat and it’s difficult to find tortellini without cheese.

This soup is very warm and comforting.  It is also very hearty so it’s perfect for a winter meal.  Feel free to play around with the veggie combinations.

Vegetarian Italian Sausage Soup

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 4 vegetarian Italian sausage sliced (I used Lightlife brand)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 small yellow summer squash or zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 4 large handfuls fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 10 ounces pasta


  1. Preheat a dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the sausage and cook until browned.
  3. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery to the pot. Cook until softened a bit. Add a little water if they start to stick.
  4. Add the rest of the veggies, tomato sauce, tomatoes, seasonings, and water. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta and the spinach in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Cook until pasta is tender.


Roughly adapted from Lil Luna

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  1. Great idea to pull from your pinterest boards- I need to do that more often. I’m now following you on pinterest and instagram, not sure how I missed that before!

    • I have so many things pinned that I want to make/do!

  2. I love so many vegetarian meat products but I’ve never seen Italian sausage!! I’m going to have to check it out. :)


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