Zuppa Salsiccia, Italian Sausage Soup

Zuppa Salsiccia simply translates to Sausage Soup, which seems like such a modest description for this incredibly flavorful dish.  We love this Italian Sausage Soup.

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, Italian Sausage Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
  • 3 links hot Italian Sausage
  • 3 links sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1½ 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.
  2. 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.


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. says

    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. :-)

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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. :)

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!


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