CREAMY ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP – A cheesy, pasta-filled soup made with Italian sausage. It’s the perfect pairing for an easy weeknight dinner or holiday party.
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‘Tis the season of comfort food. But not all comfort food is about dessert and drink pairings. To me, one of the best kinds of comfort food is cheesy pasta. The more cheese and sauce, the merrier I am. And my favorite part about creating pasta dishes is their simplicity – throwing together ingredients in a pot, letting them simmer, and voila, dinner is ready.
What I specifically love about this CREAMY ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP is that it is hearty enough for a dinner, yet simple enough to serve at a party as a beginning course or appetizer. It’s an easy dinner option or great for get-togethers. And let me tell you, this soup makes enough to feed a crowd. If you don’t have a large group, then cut the recipe in half or freeze the rest for an easy meal later.
The base of this sauce is Barilla’s Marinara, which adds a ton of flavor while not over complicating the ingredient list. While I was picking up the sauce at Walmart, I grabbed Barilla’s penne. With this soup, you could really use any noodle, but penne is easy to serve and also gorgeous. To make this dish cheesy and creamy, I used Galbani’s Mozzarella cheese. It was easy to shred, and I loved that I could buy it sliced as well, which I did to use for a salad.
So my favorite holiday food pairing is pasta and cheese. What’s yours? Is it sweet or savory? Full of cheese or made with something else? Share your favorite holiday comfort foods below in the comments. Who knows, you may just inspire something else for me to try.
Cheers to a merry holiday season and insanely delicious pasta. Enjoy! XOXO San
My favorite kitchen items to make this recipe for CREAMY ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP are below, you will want of few of these just for your everyday cooking.
Pots: So I am a total pan snob after having an assortment of brands in our cupboard over the years. After getting some Calphon pans on sale at my local grocer, I won’t try anything more. They are affordable and durable – a win, win in our home.
Measuring Cups: Nothing beats a good set of measuring cups that last a long time. I love metal measuring cups because of their durability.
Measuring Spoons: I have to have a metal set of measuring spoons on hand. The plastic ones just don’t last long in our house partly due to the garbage disposal.
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CREAMY ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP
CREAMY ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP - Cheesy, pasta filled soup made with Italian sausage; is the perfect pairing for an easy weeknight dinner or holiday party.
- 16 ounces mild Italian sausage
- 1/2 large yellow onion diced
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 jar Barilla Marinara Sauce
- 1/2 lb Barilla Penne Pasta
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups half and half, heavy cream or whole milk
- 2 14.5 ounce cans whole tomatoes
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 3 cups shredded Gambilin Mozzerella cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter
In a large pot fill with 6 cups of water and cook pasta according to package directions.
Once pasta is completely cooked, rinse with cold water and drain. Set pasta aside for later.
Using the same pot, heat 2 tablespoon olive oil.
Once heated add sausage, onion and garlic; cook until sausage is completely cooked through.
Drain grease from sausage and set sausage aside.
Place the same pot over medium-high heat and add chicken broth, whole tomatoes - squeezing the whole tomatoes with your hand so that it breaks them up as you are pouring them in the the pan, diced tomatoes, Barilla marinara sauce, Italian seasoning and heavy cream. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add in sausage mixture, butter, 2 cups shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir every few minutes so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
Remove from heat. Stir in remaining shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Stir in the pasta and serve immediately.
I love to top the soup with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and Italian seasoning.
There’s also an Ibotta offer for $2 off when you buy Barilla pasta and sauce and Galbani Cheese!