Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas and Spinach | Quick and Easy Recipe

This Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas and Spinach is hearty, delicious, and ready in about 30 minutes. A great weeknight soup. Let's make some, shall we?

This Italian sausage soup with chickpeas and greens is hearty, filling and also ready in under 30 minutes. Looking for a quick and easy weeknight soup recipe for your family? I think you've found it! Enjoy! | pastrychefonline.comSometimes I look in our cabinets and fridge and can't find anything to eat. Not that there isn't anything to be had. It's just that sometimes I feel less than inspired. On those nights, I might just decide popcorn will work for dinner. Because it's whole grain and delicious.

Other times, I will think of an ingredient I have tucked away in the freezer or the cupboard, and that sparks connections with other ingredients, and then a meal takes shape. This Italian sausage soup is an example of the latter. I just whipped it up from some pantry and fridge staples without considering writing about it for the blog. That is, until we tasted it. So bright with tomato, savory with sausage and earthy with chickpeas. I just had to share it.

Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas and Spinach

This Italian sausage soup with chickpeas and greens is hearty, filling and also ready in under 30 minutes. Looking for a quick and easy weeknight soup recipe for your family? I think you've found it! Enjoy! | pastrychefonline.comFirst of all, you can absolutely use kale in the soup--or any other greens for that matter--instead of the spinach. Or you can leave theĀ greens out entirely. It's up to you.

Second, know if you get home late and you're not feeling like doing much cooking that this soup yields maximum flavor with minimal effort. I thank the sausage for that. Sausage is already seasoned, so it's a great, high-flavor shortcut to use when you don't have a lot of time.

30-Minute Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas and Spinach
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Serves: 4-6
 
Italian Sausage Soup with Chickpeas and Spinach is steaming and ready to eat in about 30 minutes. It's the perfect weeknight meal.
What You Need
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ small sweet onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed
  • 4-6 oz hot or sweet bulk Italian sausage (or links with casings removed)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 28oz can tomato puree (or whole tomatoes pureed in the blender)
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth or water (I used water)
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 large handfuls spinach or other greens (chopped if leaves are large)
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
What To Do
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the oil. When it shimmers, add the onion and garlic (if using). Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sweat for 5 minutes until translucent.
  3. Add the sausage and break up well with a spoon or spatula. Cook until the sausage is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning.
  4. Pour in the tomato puree (or pureed tomatoes), the broth or water and the chickpeas. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer 10 minutes then add the spinach or other greens and cook until greens are wilted. With spinach or other tender greens, this will only take a minute or two. For kale, collards or other more sturdy greens, it will take a bit longer.
  6. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  7. Serve with some grated Pecorino Romano (just a suggestion).
Other Stuff to Know
Aside from swapping out spinach for other greens, feel free to sub in cannellini beans for the chickpeas. It's totally your call.

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This Italian sausage soup with chickpeas and greens is hearty, filling and also ready in under 30 minutes. Looking for a quick and easy weeknight soup recipe for your family? I think you've found it! Enjoy! | pastrychefonline.comAnd there you have it, friends. Pretty short ingredient list, huge flavor, plus if you have leftovers, it keeps in the fridge very nicely for a few days.

This Italian sausage soup with chickpeas and greens is hearty, filling and also ready in under 30 minutes. Looking for a quick and easy weeknight soup recipe for your family? I think you've found it! Enjoy! | pastrychefonline.comEnjoy the Italian Sausage Soup, you guys! We certainly have enjoyed it here.

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Have a lovely day.

Comments

    • says

      Thanks, Anna Marie, and I agree it should be easy to make in the slow cooker! Cook the onions and sausage and then toss everything except the spinach in the pot. Add spinach during the last couple of minutes, and voila! I hope you enjoy it!

  1. says

    Looks wonderful – and perfect for these windy, chilly days! Love the combination of greens and chickpeas, tomato, AND sausage. I think I’ll make this with my favorite chicken sausage, which is delightfully plump and tender. Yum!

    • says

      Sounds like a great twist, Katrina! And I was also thinking a Moroccan play with lentils and merguez sausage would be amazing. I do love a versatile soup idea, and I hope you enjoy this one!

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