Soup anyone?

My Taste of Italy Soup Recipe  =)

I’ll just call it that since it really doesn’t have a name…

I had a craving for a zucchini sausage soup that I have eaten before… but it was tomato based… and I had visions in my head of a cream based soup with asparagus… because I am lovin that veggie right now.. even if it  does… oh… never mind…

Ingredients:  Asparagus, Zucchini, Italian sausage,  potatoes, shallots, colorful pepper, celery, garlic, herbs and chicken broth.  Oh… and evaporated milk with a pinch of potato starch! (not pictured yet)

Most of this food was purchased at Trader Joes… except the broth , the evaporated milk & potato starch!  I bought those at Top foods.

Chop every thing up … you want 2 cups of each veggie & the sausages… and 2 cups of broth … you only want 1/2 cup onions and peppers, and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk!   easy sneezy lemony squeezy =)  (no lemons …don’t squeeze lemons… not in this soup!)  Everything is measured in 2 cups and 1/2 cups… keeps it easy sneezy lemony squeezy style!

Saute the yummy yummy Italian sausage with onion and peppers in olive oil.  In your soup pan.

My pan was given to me at my bridal shower in 1998… by my mama (God rest her soul) …It is more than 12 years old… well loved and used… both of the handles have fallen off… but I will cook with it until the bottom falls off…(yep lost one pan that way last year) then…  I will plant herbs in it or something ..

so easily distracted…. sorry where was I ??

right… saute your sausage with the onion and pepper about 5 minutes

until the bottom of the pan is nice and brown!  =)

use enough olive oil to keep it from stickin to the pan!

I saute in stainless steal on med/high … around 5-6 on my dial…

After about 5 minutes it will look something like this…

remove the goods from the pan

reserve them in a bowl & cover them to keep em warm!

Pour 2 cups of broth into that pan and whisk the bits into it!!

it smells so good by now in your house… that sausage is so good!!

you are going to want to eat…

have some gum handy!!

Add very finely chopped potatoes to the broth

and then add about 4-6 cups of hot water

I just “guessed” and poured it right out of the kettle!

it will be about half way up the soup pan…  set that to boil

then place all the green veggies into another pan

I use my trusty cast iron pan…

I LOVE cooking in cast iron… love it!!  =)

anyway you are just getting ready to saute the green veggies…

here is what my oven top looks like at this point

see no handles on my soup pot anymore… =)

and… I forgot to cover the sausage until I took this pic…

and the two little cast iron pans just hang out there all the time…

for lack of anywhere to put the heavy little devils!

Turn the potatoes down to a light boil for 15-20 minutes

10-15 minutes into that saute your green veggies for about 5 minutes

5 minutes into the saute turn the pan off and shake on the herbs

oregano & basil…. all over the green veggies

then drop a couple tablespoons of garlic on them…

flip it all around in the hot pan for a minute or two


Now is the time to fill the soup pot  =)

uncover the sausage, peppers and onions

and toss them in…

try not to splash

the water is hot!!  =)

then toss in all the yummy green veggies

only don’t forget the fact that you are holding heavy cast iron

not smart when you have a camera in one hand  … ha ha


I almost dropped the cast iron pan while I was taking this picture


Boil that at medium again for another 15-20 minutes

I think my dial was around 4-5 at this point?

when the timer goes off

whisk a little potato starch in 1/2 cup evaporated milk

just a teaspoon or two of the starch

Pour it into the pot

I just noticed I had turned the dial down to 2 …

maybe while I was whisking ??  I am sure I turned it back up??!

boil it on medium  for another 5 minutes

it will thicken up a little bit…

There you have it!

In less than one hour you will have this

It tasted like a soup from the Olive Garden or something!!


if I was eating gluten

I would serve it with sourdough bread

my man ate his with sliced sourdough … I ate mine a la carte

we were both very very very happy with this soup!

my kids… well… they don’t eat anything…

I don’t remember what I fed them that night??!

If I was fancy like the Pioneer Woman I would have a cool handy dandy printable button…to give you a printer friendly version of this recipe page… but I don’t…

so I will type it out for you to cut and paste…. alrightygoodthen …

Ingredients for Jenn’s Taste of Italy Soup

2 cups Asparagus chopped 1 inches pieces

2 cups zucchini chopped

2 cups celery chopped

2-3 cups potatoes finely chopped

2 cups chicken broth

4-6 cups water

2-4 Trader Joes Spinach, Fontina & Garlic Chicken Sausage sliced thin

2-3 tablespoons garlic (I used the chopped kind in a jar)

2 tablespoons of herbs Basil & Oregano

1/2 cup Orange pepper finely chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or purple onion

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1-2 teaspoons Potato starch for thickening


Saute sausage, onion & pepper in soup pot 5 minutes; remove from soup pot and cover to keep warm.  Pour 2 cup chicken broth into soup pot & whisk the brown bits into the broth.  Add potatoes and water and boil on med/high for 15-20  minutes.

When there is only 5 minutes left on the timer …  saute all green veggies for 5 minutes; turn off pan add herbs and garlic & toss.

Add Sausage saute & green veggies to Soup Pot.  Boil on medium  for 15-20 more minutes.

Whisk potato starch into evaporated milk & add to soup pot.  Boil another 5 minutes or so to help thicken the soup.

Salt to taste (we did not use any salt!)

Serve with sourdough (or gluten free bread!!)


I am new at the gluten free thing…

but I think this is a gluten free meal!!  =)

I love it when I discover a new meal … to spice things up a bit!!

I think this one might become a new favorite winter food!

What’s cookin in your kitchen lately??

or better yet… What is your favorite meal to cook??



14 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Dina @ 4 Lettre Words yazmış:

    Piqued my interest! We love anything Italian…and prefer creamy soups. Gonna do a little copy & paste, now…

  • 2 Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy yazmış:

    looked really good. we don’t make a lot of soups, but it’s always good on a cold-ish day.

  • 3 LeAnna yazmış:

    Mmmm, that sounds and LOOKS delicious!! I’ve never cookd with potato starch, does it work as well as cornstarch or arrowroot powder?

  • 4 H-Mama @ Family Team yazmış:

    looks great to me! thanks for posting. 🙂

  • 5 naomig yazmış:

    Oh, YUM! This looks amazing. I am a cast iron girl too… all the way. 🙂

  • 6 Darcie yazmış:

    I LOVE food post…the only problem is that I leave feeling so hungry and craving the craziest of things. Your soup looks delicious!

  • 7 Gina yazmış:

    That looks great! Love all the step by step photos

  • 8 Kerri yazmış:

    Oh Jenn, I have tried to find your blog before and couldn’t, so I assumed you didn’t have one….and were just a follower…so sorry. I just tried again and then saw to click on “web page” and here it is! I have some catching up to do! I will read over your posts when my son goes to bed. Thanks for all your sweet comments…I find it hard to believe that I could inspire anyone as far as decorating goes!

    Have a great evening! ~Kerri

  • 9 Robyn yazmış:

    Yum! You trying to give PW a run for her money? 😉

  • 10 Cindy yazmış:

    Jenn, this soup sounds so ultra yummy! I love creamy soups too, and asparagus is oh so healthy right?!?:)
    Even though…oh well!:)
    Have a happy night

    and thanks for checking in on me BTW…you are the sweetest!:)

    do you know you were my first “real” follower….I remember jumping for joy too!!:)

  • 11 Julie yazmış:

    Jen…that looks so good. Really. We are big soup fans. Tonight we had white bean, chicken, spinach soup. So good. I am going to have to copy and past..since you don’t have the cool PW printables ;)..and try it!! It looks so delicious.

  • 12 Jill yazmış:

    This looks so yummy! I have some pots and pans with sentimental values too 🙂
    Have a lovely day!

  • 13 Pennie at Mom Thoughts yazmış:

    I just made a yummy beef stew last night for company (sometimes, in the fall, I make it and serve it in a pumpkin…then you scoop out some of the pumpkin with it…) and I just made a yummy chicken wild rice soup earlier this week…we’ve had all this snow almost every day this week, so it’s been a thick soup and stew kinda weather…

    this soup looks like it would be really yummy; I’ll have to try it!

  • 14 blueviolet yazmış:

    I wish I had a bowl of it right now. It’s a horrible, yucky, rainy day here!