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Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup

A hearty, comforting soup that’s so easy and simple to make, loaded with tons of fiber and flavor! 329.5 calories.

Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup - A hearty, comforting soup that's so easy and simple to make, loaded with tons of fiber and flavor! 329.5 calories.

A bowl of true comfort food on your dinner table in 30 min or less. That’s something I can live with all week.

And even though it’s a piping hot bowl of soup, I can have this all. year. long.

Although I definitely prefer having this during this time of year, especially in front of the fireplace. Not that I have one of those but a girl can dream.

Now this soup is packed with spicy Italian sausage, potatoes and hearty spinach – a complete meal in a single bowl.

The only downside of this recipe is that the leftovers were not enough. Next time I’ll just have to double the batch and load up on that side of crusty bread to go along with it!

Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup

A hearty, comforting soup that’s so easy and simple to make, loaded with tons of fiber and flavor! 329.5 calories.

10 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound red potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from The Candid Appetite.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 329.5 Calories from Fat 183.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.4g 31%
Saturated Fat 8.0g 40%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45.1mg 15%
Sodium 765.6mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 20.5g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 17.3g 35%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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284 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super simple, damn delicious and a family dinner staple.  Always get compliments on this recipe.  Thank you for all your great recipes…you are one of my favorite food bloggers hands down!!!

  2. I have come back to this recipe again and again and again since I found it in 2015, five years ago. I’ve probably made this soup at least twenty times! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family (including my two year old) loves this recipe! We actually don’t add in the heavy cream and it is still delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  4. One of my favorite soups! I absolutely love the flavors and it’s so easy to make. I don’t ever seem to have heavy cream so I add a half cup of half and half instead.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been using fresh basil and sour cream substitute, all I had. Our favourite soup! Pretty work

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this fairly quickly one night that my husband requested soup and I will definitely make again – it came out just right! I substituted pork sausage and half n’ half instead of cream because it was what I had on hand. Delicious!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    #damndelicious
    Never any leftovers so double the recipe whenever feeding more than 3 adults this hearty satisfying soup… Incredible leftover!

  8. Can I add a can of white beans? So excited to make this 

  9. Can I use frozen spinach?

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this Spinach/potato/sausage soup with a few variations so my husband would eat it. :).   I used MILD Italian sausage and left out the pepper flakes.  I also optioned out of the pepper flakes and the dairy (heavy cream).    Everything else was the same.
     Basically no dairy and not too spicy.   The Mild Italian sausage still has quite a bit of flavor and adding in the onion/garlic etc. makes this soup very tasty!     The soup was not too heavy yet filling.  
    YES! I will make it again as well as recommend it.  

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hopefully it is just as good with Kale. Delish!!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful Recipe. Had to do a couple of substitutions (Turkey sausage for Italian sausage, Sage for Basil, and Russet potatoes for Red potatoes) but still came out full of flavor!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Definitely the best soup I’ve had the pleasure of making. I like to add carrots and celery because I adore them in soup but will eat this soup no matter what. Always hits the spot no matter the weather!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent recipe! Made it exactly according to the recipe and it was delish. No leftovers on this soup! 

  15. Wow! This is fast becoming one of my favorite soups! It’s so delicious and satisfying, and incredibly easy. I feel like the leftovers in my fridge are a treasure!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been making this recipe for a couple of years now, and it has become a standard in our house in the winter. I use mild Italian chicken sausage and skip the cream enrichment to limit the fat content, but make sure to add some pepper flakes for a little zip. It’s a complete meal in one pot, comes together in no time , and is indeed damn delicious, especially with a piece of good rye bread!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing! I did have to add some seasoning salt and a splash of Worcestershire at the end BUT that may be my doing. I didn’t feel like going to the store.  I did have a lot of rotel dip left over from the super bowl and that doesn’t freeze well I decided to rinsed the velveeta off and pick the rotel out. I’m sure it lost a lot of flavor doing that. My S.O and son did not eat it bc they were craving pancakes and hate when I “experiment.” Although he is taking some to work tomorrow. Lol. My friend came over and she loved it! Can’t wait to try it with fresh sausage. 

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is amazing. We made it for our one of our weekly meals and it was gone before the weekend was over. We have added it to the family’s cookbook recipes.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this soup. I use the mild sausage since I take 1/2 of it to friends who are ill or just not into cooking. I also add carrots, celery & red pepper to bump up the nutritional value (&no red pepper flakes).  Just made my 4th pot. Big hit at h.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this 4 times now because it’s absolutely delicious. I have substituted chicken sausage instead of pork and vegetable broth instead of chicken broth but it’s still amazing.  My husband loves it too.  It goes together quickly, cooks in one pot and tastes amazing the next day.  It’s super comforting on a cold & snowy New England winter night like tonight!!!!! Yummy  

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup was so easy to make and so delicious!

  22. Can I make this is a crock pot? Would I need to make any changes to the process? 

    • I’m trying it in the crock pot now. Just adding more spices and adding the cream and spinach in the last 20 minutes of cooking

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    About the best soup I ever made. Made this for our family Christmas soup day and everyone thought it was the bomb!! We had multiple soups and I was the king for a day..lol

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my family’s favorite soup! I make it so much, I thought I’d better give it a good review The only change I make is to leave out the onions and only because my husband doesn’t like them :/ Sometimes, I add green onions for garnish on mine, but it’s good with or without! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have now made this soup several times. It has become an absolute favorite at my house; my husband LOVES it! The recipe is simple to follow and comes together quickly. Without a doubt, this is a favorite soup. Thank you for all the terrific recipes. I very much enjoy your website and all the great cooking tips and recipes. It is soup season now so I will be making more of your great recipes.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    How would kale work in this soup?

  27. Any suggestions on reheating? 
     
    This is what I did:
    I decided to leave the heavy cream out of the big pot and just add it bowl by bowl. I’ve found that this type of soup reheats better on the stove without the cream mixed in during the reheating process. 

    Just curious for your suggestions! Soup is delicious!!!! I added in some chopped bacon and it was just what it needed! 

  28. Can I use milk in place of cream?

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    My husband went back for thirds!! Loved it!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t follow recipes very well…and it took me 1.5 hours because my homemade broth is frozen…and so on…and so forth.

    The major changes that I did were to add mushrooms, quadruple the cream (throw that nutritional analysis OUT the window!), and cut up and quadrupled the spinach.

    Tasty good!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely amazing. My hubby is not a soup fan but after trying this soup he had to call his mom and insist she come over for a bowl! This will be something we make all the time. Thank You for sharing

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Totally loved this soup! I am not a soup person and I will be making this again.  I added mushrooms and kale would go great.  What a great on a cold and windy day!  Saving some without the cream to freeze. Thank you!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe makes for a wonderful bowl of soup!!!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    This my all time favorite soup. I keep coming back to it time and time again. So good. 

  35. How could I make this Whole 30 friendly???  Would full fat coconut milk subbed for the heavy cream work???

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love to make soup and do so often. My family appreciates my efforts! Of all my home-made soups this soup is THE FAVORITE!! It is easy to make and #damndelicious! Always double the batch!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is now a family staple. We make it over and over; sometimes with sweet sausage, sometimes spicy, cream no cream, spinach or kale- It’s delicious every time! 

  38. This soup is amazing! I don’t always add cream but love it either way. 

  39. Trying this tonight!! How much is a serving? I see it’s 6 servings per batch. A cup…more? 

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the BEST – love the rich flavors. I used sweet sausage instead of spicy, and kale instead of spinach. Thanks for such an awesome, easy recipe!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    No reason not to give it 5 stars!  It taste exactly as expected!  (Olive Garden copy cat)

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a regular in my rotation.  It is FANTASTIC.  I serve it with some good Southern buttermilk cornbread….DIVINE.  Thank you for the recipe!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely a staple in my house now! So good! I added a bit of paprika instead of the red pepper flakes just to add some zip and color.  We really enjoyed it. I always make Chicken and Rice soup on chilly, rainy days. This was a very welcome change. Thank you!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup is fantastic. We make it often at our house, especially during the winter months. Very much a comfort food with just the right amount of spicy. I add a little more spinach but that’s just a personal preference. 

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe, even my husband loves it which means it’s definitely a keeper for me!! I’m going to try doubling the meat tonight and omitting the pepper flakes to keep the heat down a bit for the kids! 

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is outstanding! I used Hot Turkey Sausage in place of pork sausage. In addition, I added coarsely chopped kale as well as the baby spinach. My husband is not a soup lover but raved about this!

    Thank you Chungah!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Best soup ever! Quick and easy to make. I used a box of frozen spinach, defrosted & squeezed. Similar but better than Olive Gardens Zuppa Toscana. This is my new soup to bring friends!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love homemade soups. This was one of the best tasting, quick to make and my families favorite to date!
    I did add a can of tomato paste for a thicker texture, just a preference of mine.  Truly one of my taste buds’ favorites. It was damn delicious.

  49. Love this and make it all the time. Sometimes I add mushrooms

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this soup!!!! Does it freeze well? I want to make tons of this

  51. I have made this a few times and want to make it again for my soon to be daughter in law who is gluten free, but when I am on the link, the ingredient list and directions aren’t showing up.  Can you help me out? This was a hit with my family in the past!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s only right that after 2 solid years of making this soup that I finally leave a review. It’s truly outstanding. It has all the key components I look for in a recipe, mostly healthy ingredients, simple to throw together, and mighty delicious. Thank you for an incredible recipe that my family has repeatedly enjoyed. About a year ago my Mom came to visit and I made this soup and now she makes it all the time too. Some of my nieces and nephews even call it “Nana’s famous sausage soup.” Like excuse me? It was never hers. Ha! Many thanks!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight and omgggggg in love its a new staple. I did add corn and broccoli to mine just to bulk it up a bit and left the sausage in casing and fried it then cut it into coins. And made a rue with the cream to thicken it. Its amazing

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Doctored it a little but this is really good. Would’ve been good without the changes.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    I know this recipe is old but I just wanted to leave a comment. 4 years ago I made this soup for the first time on Election Day 2014 and the name “Election Day Soup” has stuck! So today, on Election Day, I’m making this soup for the 3rd election since then (and many times in between) and we will all have a big bowl when we get home from voting! Thank you so much for a recipe that has become such a tradition in my house!

  56. y can’t I find its video, I need its video pls

  57. Best soup ever! I’ve made this multiple times and it’s always delicious. I’ve used turkey sausage as well and it’s just as good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  58. Seriously one of my favorite soups! Sooo good!

  59. My wife and I love this soup, been making for years. This year we are in the middle of a no carb high fat diet so we tweaked a bit by replacing red potatoes with radish. Turn out to be an excellent supplement, couldn’t tell the difference. Also, we always double the batch and freeze in food saver bags, works great for those who are wondering about freezing. Makes for a damn delicious easy meal later in the season. Goes great with a frigid Minnesota evening. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  60. Can I make this and omit the potatoes? I can’t have them but my friend has made this and it is DELISH so I’m dying for a pot of it of my own! Thanks!! 

  61. My husband and two year old LOVE this soup. It’s become a staple in our house. SO YUMMY! Thank you!

  62. Hi I have made this recipe twice and always forget to thank you for this recipe! It’s so good!! Me and my husband enjoy it very much. Thank you!

  63. I had sausage, potato,  spinach soup at the local deli, but it was thick. I just made this and realized its not the same. Is there any way to make it thicker without hurting the taste? 

  64. Will this soup freeze well?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself. Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  65. We used mild Italian sausage and 1/4t red pepper flakes. It was delicious!

  66. This is so delicious. I added a can of garlic diced tomatoes and used Italian seasoning. It was perfect! Top my favorite soup. The flavor was just wonderful. Thank you for this!

  67. I made this delicious soup last night with a few variations because I had to use what I had on hand: regular breakfast sausage instead of spicy Italian sausage (which I plan to use next time); 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper instead of crushed red pepper. I would have doubled the crushed red pepper if I had it to make up for the lack of spiciness in the sausage. I also used homemade chicken stock and threw in a bit fresh basil toward the end. Between the salt in the breakfast sausage and in my chicken stock, I didn’t need to add much salt, but I put in about 1/2 tsp of black pepper – because I always like extra pepper. Didn’t have fresh spinach so used frozen. It was still pretty amazing and my husband wants it again. Next time, I’ll pick up some fresh spinach and spicy Italian sausage and follow the recipe exactly to see how it tastes. I imagine the Italian sausage makes this recipe amazing. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  68. Hate to say that my family and I didn’t enjoy this. Bland

  69. This is the best soup ever!!

  70. Easy and delicious.  I added cagnolini beans, extra hearty boost in the cold weather and Tortoli.  Turned out fantastic!  A full meal in itself.   

  71. Chungah!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!! This soup is amazing..made it last night…but i put some arugula instead of Spinach and it was so goooood!!!!!!!! Love your blog and Butters is the best dog!!!!!!!!

  72. Made this recipe and we all absolutely loved it.  Now that I have discovered your site I can hardly wait to try other recipes.  Thank you so much for not only the recipe but the Nutrition information.  It was indeed Damn Delicious!

  73. I love love this recipe! My husband request it often.

  74. delicious soup! just made it for the second time last night!

  75. Very good soup!  Thank you for the recipe. 

  76. I make this soup alot now

  77. Can you substitute anything for heavy cream? 2 percent milk?  Coconut milk?  Or omit?

  78. My family loves this recipe! We substitute the spicy Italian sausage for venison seasoned with a spicy italian seasoning. So good! 

  79. I love this soup! Easy, fast, and damn delicious. You are a go to for dinner recipes. Never been disappointed. Thank you!!

  80. Just made this soup. Doubled the recipe and the kids loved it too!! Thanks for sharing.

  81. Just made this for the first time and hubbs Loved it! I used fresh Italian chicken sausage with some spicy pork sausage. I also added a serrano pepper and substituted Kale for the Spinach. It was SO delicious especially on a cold winter night but I too could eat this all year long. Looking forward to some leftovers of it for the next few days!

  82. LOVE this soup! used fresh pork sausage instead of the Italian. (personal preference) Family love it. So easy to put together. Delicious. Thanks. Works with collards instead of the spinach also. Love it.

  83. Great recipe, easy to follow. Used mild sausage instead of spicy and was a little heavy handed on the red pepper flakes which gave the soup just enough spice. Next time I may add a bit more chicken stock because I was running low on broth. Keep the soup recipes coming!

  84. I have Mustard Greens in my house at the moment do you think it would go well in this soup instead of the spinach?

  85. I made this for dinner tonight, AMAZING!! great recipe. Everytime I pin one of your recipes it’s fantastic. Thank you! 

  86. I came across this recipe looking for something to use up my potatoes because my oven broke!
    I veganised it by eliminating sausage, using veggie stock and making cashew cream (1/2 cup soaked cashews blended with a little water)
    I also blended a small amount of the soup then added it back in to thicken it up slightly.
    It was delicious! Thanks!

  87. Has anyone ever froze this soup before? 

  88. I have made soup from this recipe twice and love it; great Fall dinner. I had all the ingredients, but found it was easy to add more of what you like and not alter the flavouring. The only thing I did do was omit the salt; the salt in spice sausage was enough. I’m just one person so I had soup for a couple of days and then froze the rest to eat later. 

  89. Can I use kielbasa instead of the crumbled sausage?

  90. Just made this tonight, I added 1/3 cup frozen green chile rather than red pepper flakes. The soup was irresistible and there are no leftovers.

  91. looks awesome!  It’s a rainy day here, and I have thawed  turkey breakfast sausage that I need to use.  I guess I’m going to be different and go that route, as I don’t want to go out for Italian sausage.  I’ll let you know what my family thinks.

  92. How much is considered one serving? I’m a diabetic so carb counting is crucial for me. I noticed none of your recipes indicate the amount for each serving. Thanks!

  93. I make this with Jennie-O’s Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey and use 1% milk instead of cream.  My family loves it.  My husband adds more red-pepper flakes to his, since he likes his more spicy, but for the rest of us, it’s perfect!  No idea what that takes the calorie count to, but definitely produces less guilt. 😉

  94. My kids love this soup and it’s literally the only soup they’ll eat. My oldest begs to bring left overs to school for lunch so I always have to make a double batch. I don’t want them to get tired of it so have anyone tried changing out a few things like pasta instead of potatoes or anything? I would like to change it up some so that I can hopefully make it more often without everyone getting tired of it. Thanks!

  95. Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! The flavors blended so well together & I loved the spice from the spicy sausage & red pepper flakes! Your recipes are some of the best I’ve tried & I always look forward to the emails for something new to try! Another hit, thanks Chungah!!

  96. Chungah, I have made this soup at least one million times, at least. I LOVE this recipe.

  97. I can’t have dairy….Will this soup still work without the heavy cream?

  98. I’m sure this is a pretty overused expression on your comments, but this was damn delicious!  Fun to make and man it was so awesome, thanks for a great recipe!

  99. Great stuff! I’ve made this and the cheater pho recipe.  Both were two of the best soups that I’ve ever made.

  100. I just made this soup yesterday and it was sooooo good! I used what I had on hand…a package of spicy turkey sausage (1 1/4 lbs.), a 10 ounce package of chopped frozen spinach and in addition,  I added a cup of slice baby carrots. Thank you for sharing this simple and delicious recipe. You rock!

  101. Made this tonight. Way too much sausage. Next time I think I’ll cut the sausage by at least half or just cook the sausage and chop it up into rounds. So much loose sausage was just too much. This was otherwise absolutely delicious and the broth was amazing. Will definitely make again, I’ll just tweak it a bit. 🙂

  102. This soup is delicious!!! So easy and inexpensive, since most of the stuff, I usually have on hand. I was hoping to have the leftovers the next day but there were NONE! I will double the recipe when I make it again! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  103. I made this with Italian-seasoned turkey sausage (it’s amazing, I sub it for Italian sausage in everything) and it takes the calorie count down to 235 per serving!  I also added lots of dill because I love dill and it was great in here.  Will definitely make this again.

  104. This soup sounds so good. I cannot wait to make a big pot of it this weekend for the snowy weather.

  105. This soup was absolutely perfect on a cold day! Came together so quickly and the flavor was just spot on. I followed the recipe exactly but used sweet basil sausage as that was what I had, and substituted some sunchokes for some of the potatoes. Absolutely delicious soup.

  106. “Very flavorful” according to my hubby. Plenty spicy from the hot Italian sausage without adding the crushed red pepper. Didn’t have heavy cream so I stirred in some sour cream. Will be making again, but may add more potatoes and spinach. Thank you!

  107. This is my new favorite soup.  I made it last night with an herby mild Italian sausage.  It’s so good I can’t stop eating it!

  108. Delicious! Having a bowl full right now. Thanks for the quick and easy dinner:)

  109. I have made this soup multiple times since you posted it last year. I honestly think it is my favorite homemade soup. Thank you so much for this recipe- it is so delicious!

    (I keep everything the same but I usually only put in 1/4 teaspoon of the optional red pepper flakes- perfect amount of heat for me!) 

  110. Wonderful!
    Did increase sausage to 1 1/2 lb. sausage and spinach to 10oz. Everything else the same.
    Thank you!

  111. This is so delicious and easy to make. I just left out the red pepper since I am cooking for 2, 6 year olds. Thank you for the delicious dinner!!!

  112. I have also replaced the red potatoes with white sweet potatoes and the spicy with the sweet is super delicious!

  113. I hope it is okay if I share some changes I have made to this soup. The changes came because of the many dietary issues we have in our household. We LOVE this soup. I love the simplicity and ease of this meal. I made this yesterday in the crockpot. I did not add the spinach or the cream until right before I served it. Also, I used yucca root rather than potatoes. The yucca came out like dumplings. It was wonderful. We cannot use dairy so I use coconut cream as my heavy cream substitute. No, it does not give it a coconut flavor. I place everything in the crockpot on low for 9 hours and it was perfect!!

  114. Yum! Rare when both my girls (9 & 11) love a meal that my husband & I love too. I used mild Italian turkey sausage (since kids don’t like heat) and omitted the red pepper flakes. I did put in a Large can of chicken broth which was closer to 6 Cups. I also tossed in kale with the potatoes instead of spinach at the end. It simmered a little longer (waiting for hubs to get home from work) so I ended up adding 4 Cups of water. I used half & half cause that’s what I put in my morning coffee so I had it on hand. 🙂 Sorry for noting all the slight modifications, but wanted to say what I did so I can do it the same way next time. It’s a keeper for sure!

  115. Just tried this one tonight, Did it with white potatoes (because I had them) and Murray’s chicken sausage. Came out really good. Thanks.

  116. I’ve made this recipe several times and my family loves it. I’ve started to by the sausage without the casing to save some time and I love to add sliced mushrooms. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  117. Has anyone added carrots and celery to this soup?

  118. I made this for tonight’s dinner and my family loved it, I didn’t change one thing I followed the recipe. thanks for sharing it, definitely I will continue making it.

  119. Made this tonight with a couple changes. Used two envelopes of Knorrs Spring Vegetable (for the spices). added fresh celery and used one can evaporated milk. Added Parmesan cheese to each bowl. This is over the top wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  120. Sorry if this has been asked already. Is there an alternative to the heavy cream for someone who’s lactose intolerant? I made this and it is so yummy! But it wasn’t good for my hubby. Thanks

  121. This recipe is so delicious!!! I have made it a few times and freeze the leftovers. The leftovers are just as good! Would recommend this recipe to anyone!

  122. I just made this tonight and it was so good!! I did make a few changes: I used ground turkey instead of sausage and evaporated milk instead of whipping cream. Next time I would use less onion, maybe half, because it got a little over-powering. But seriously a delicious soup!! Thank you!

  123. Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! This is DAMN delicious soup! Out of 5 stars i give it a solid 6 stars. The only thing I would change in this recipe is to double it because it is that good. Thank you for sharing this recipe it is a keeper and a goto now!

  124. Yum! Made this soup already two times.

  125. I cooked this soup all the time, it’s definitely one of my favs I substitute the pork sausage for hot chicken Italian sausage to make it a little healthier but I love it both ways

  126. I made this recipe but instead of potatoes I added shiitake mushrooms and instead of sausage I used chicken wings. I used more broth and herbs and put it in slow cooker for 6hours. I added the heavy cream and spinach in the last hour so the spinach wouldn’t be overly slimy.

  127. This soup is amazing. . Such great flavor . I recommend this dish on a cold clowdy day.

  128. My all time favorite! I’ve made this soup several times before and I’ll continue to make it! My father absolutely loves it as well.. He ate a whole pot by himself (over a three day period). hehehe

  129. What kind of Italian sausage? I’m unsure which type to buy. Does it come in links or the kind that come in one tube package?

    • Italian sausage comes in links, not in a tube package.

    • Jennifer, mine was not a link or a tube, but was just in a package like ground beef would be. As long as it’s spicy or hot Italian sausage, you’re good.

      I just made it this morning. This soup is delicious! BF is going to want to marry me. Thanks for the recipe!

  130. This soup really is DAMN DELICIOUS……..Just made it and everyone LOVED IT!!!! I substituted broccoli for spinach and added some chorizo meat.

  131. It looks like I’m in the minority here, and maybe I’m buying the wrong kind of Italian sausage or something, but for me, the soup was missing depth of flavor. I knew my husband wouldn’t care for it and I wouldn’t want to eat the leftovers, so I started experimenting. Adding a hint of cumin and a couple tablespoons of sour cream did the trick! I loved the final result!

  132. We are trying to eat healthy (this month) I made the soup without the spicy sausage, added extra Spinach. It was great! Thanks Chungah

  133. Chungah,

    My daughter shared this recipe with me last week. I took your advice and made a double batch and it disappeared within the first 2 days. We received 6″ of snow last night (which is quite a bit for those of us living in Mebane, N.C.) and I am working on tripling the batch for tonight’s dinner. Thanks so much for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  134. Hi! My husband and I thought this was one of the best soups we have ever had! If I double the recipe, is it ok to freeze? Thanks!

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  135. I made this recipe yesterday! Absolutely delicious!! Here’s a few things I did differently though. This made a full dutch oven pan of soup:
    1) I browned my onions with my sausage. After I drained my sausage and onions, i added my spices and mixed it all together. I doubled all the spices except the bay leaf…I forgot to put it in at all. Then I added my potatoes. I used at least two lbs of gold potatoes.
    2) I made my own chicken broth, but used 8 cups of water instead of 5. (Making your own chicken broth is easy, cheaper, and goes farther. I just use a liquid bullion called Better Than Bouliion. It’s in the soup isle with the other soup bases. They have chicken and beef and I use both constantly! Full of flavor, but does not have the high salt content of the cubes)
    3) I used 1/2 c of Half & Half in place of the heavy cream. My grocery was out of heavy cream when I went to buy these ingredients. I would have used 1/2 c no matter what though.

    The soup turned out fantastic! My hisband and I were so pleased. I will definitely make again. We had seconds yesterday and both had enough left to take for lunch today.

  136. just made this soup. Very easy to make and delicious! Thanks for the recipe

  137. Looking forward to making this soup over the weekend but I think I want to use italian style turkey sausage and add some beans and carrots for some added health benefits 😉 what kind of beans do you think would be good in this?

  138. I was looking for something filling to warm up my family while we wait out the -10 degree temps in Chicago so I gave this a try. Everyone LOVED it! I followed the directions as written and it turned out perfect. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  139. Loved this soup based on smell before I even tasted it! Do you think it would hold up if it was made and then frozen?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  140. We absolutely loved this soup. The only thing I changed was to add grated Asiago chees on top. Served it with French bread and a salad.

    The second day, it was even better.

    I love your recipes and will not hesitate to try more.

    Thank you so much.

  141. I was wondering if u could use kale instead of spinach? It’s what I have on hand…

  142. Yum, yum can’t wait to make this for dinner. Since I’m vegetarian, I will use Morning Star Crumblers and Tofurkey in place of the Italian sausage.

  143. Great recipe! I used turkey sausage as I’m on a low red meat diet. I also added some broccoli and doubled the amount of cream to 1/2 cup. I’ve pinned it and will be making again for sure.

  144. Success! I doubled your recipe, served it today for some guests, and not a drop of soup was left. Everyone around the table gave me two thumbs up. Thank you again, it’s a keeper.

  145. i just made this, and it is delicious! I found a lean hot itilian sausage cause I like it spicy. I also substituted delicious and healthy coconut milk. It adds a hint of coconut but that flavour is not overpowering. Yum yum! Thank you for the recipie.

  146. This looks amazing!! I do want to ask however, is there a (lower carb) substitute for the red potatoes that would work in this recipe? Thanks – can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  147. If I double this recipe, would a 6-qt. Dutch oven work well for this? Thank you.

    • A 6-qt Dutch oven may be too small as I have used a 3 1/2-qt Dutch oven for this recipe. A 7-qt Dutch oven may be more appropriate.

  148. Love this, !!!! I used chicken italian sausage and also saute’ mushrooms till nice and brown thanks !

  149. Just made this soup and it is AMAZING!!!!!!

  150. Delicious!! I made this with Italian turkey sausage, half and half cream, extra spinach, only 1/8 tsp chili flakes and left out the salt. We loved it. Thank you for a great recipe!

  151. I made this for lunch and used italian sausage, red pepper flakes and oregano and it is a bit spicy for us. We are used to spice. Now i have a big pot of it to use. What suggestion would you give to make it less spicy? My husband loves it, but it is a bit on the hot side for him too.. Thanks

  152. Great recipe for cold weather. We are in middle of a snow storm here in Colorado – just cleared the first 10″ away and more on the way!
    So I just made a pot of this soup! It is delicious and warms you right through!
    I substituted chicken sausage and used coconut cream instead of plain heavy cream — worked great and gave great depth to soup! Will definitely keep this one in my “go to” recipes!
    My first recipe from your site – just discovered it today! Love your site!

  153. made this tonight for my husband and I who are 3 weeks into Whole 30. So glad to have something other than meat and veggies, I just had to switch out the cream for coconut milk. Thank you so much for sharing.

  154. I am currently eating this as I type.. and at first i was iffy about it because I would never use sausage for soup. But omg this soup is so delicous! My husband loves thick and hardy soups and this one is the bomb.com… I give it 5 stars!!! so far loving all the recipes I have tried from this website!!!

  155. husband approved. He finished two bowls. We added mushrooms. Yummy!

  156. My family loved it. I used smoked sausage because that is what I had and the smoked flavor was fantastic. I think you could do it with any kind of meat. It would be great with smoked chicken too.

  157. I made this last night and it was damn delicious!

  158. Do you think jimmy dean sausage would work well in this soup?

  159. Could you use creame of chicken soup instead of creame and flour and put in crockpot?

  160. Just had some of this soup which I had frozen. Still very good! I was afraid the potatoes would not freeze well but they were fine. SO good and satisfying on a cold NE day!

  161. I gave my email address, got a confirmation and returned to the site for a recipe but all I am seeing is pictures of scrumptious looking foods with no recipes. What am I doing wrong?

    • Carol, I’m not entirely sure what you are doing wrong but there is a recipe for every post located at the bottom in a blue box.

  162. So I entered this soup into a soup contest today at work and I won first place! It was so delicious! Yay!

  163. I made this recipe today and used half deer sausage and half Italian sausage. My family loved it. I got a

  164. Delicious recipe! Thank you so much. I’m going to make it again tonight but just realized I only have sweet potatoes. Think they will work?

  165. Last night was the third time I made this…. in a week and a half time span! Love it! It’s so easy and super delish!!! I used kale last night, didn’t have spinach. I’ve also made it with turkey instead, to try and make it “healthier” but what the heck I’m gonna just stick to the Italian sausage, it’s tastier for sure!
    Thanks for this awesome recipe. It’s my first time on your site! Can’t wait to check out some more recipes.

  166. Another great recipe! Family loved it!

  167. I made this tonight and used Italian flavored ground turkey. I omitted the cream and instead put some part skim mottzarella and parmasian cheese on top. It was as delicious as the Olive Garden and much more healthy.Yum!!

  168. i just made this tonight, and it was amazing! It’s just my husband and I eating it though, so I was wondering: would this soup freeze well? If so I plan to store half of the leftovers in the freezer for another day. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

    • I can tell you that it freezes very well…at least the way I made it (I left out the cream because I thought it would work better as a brothy soup.

  169. This was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!

  170. To make doubles can I double the amount of ingrediants?

  171. We make this often in the winter months, sometimes I will use a smoked kielbasa type sausage just to change it up a bit and don’t feel like cooking the Italian sausage.

  172. Amazing! I added finely diced carrots and celery with the onions for a little mirepoix action. It’s worth splurging on the whipping cream, too.

  173. This is the most awesome soup. I made it exactly as you instructed and it came out perfectly. My new all-time favorite soup. Thank you.

  174. My husband and I made this tonight and it was soo good! Absolutely delicious! Definitely will be making it again. Thanks for sharing!

  175. When choosing a type of onion for this soup, are you using yellow onions or white? Can’t wait to try this tonight!

  176. Would it be terrible to omit the spinach altogether? I am not a fan of greens in soup. While not really a substitute, I was thinking of adding carrots in place of the spinach. Thoughts?

    • Gabby, that’s really up to you – if you are not a fan of spinach or greens in your soup, it may be best to omit altogether.

  177. This was amazing, my family loved it and my 14year old daughter helped me cook it:) I did use way more spinach (a whole bag) and milk instead of heavy cream because that is what I had. Will definitely make this again and I am looking forward to having some of the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

  178. I used Italian turkey sausage and instead of heavy cream I stirred in a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt at the end. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  179. This recipe is amazing! So much flavor. I did use sausage with a casing because that was what was on sale and it is still great. I also tripled the recipe. 5 stars.

  180. This soup is amazing! I too (like a few of the other people who commented) used half and half instead of heavy cream. This will definitely be on the “comfort food”menu from here on out. Thanks for the recipe!

  181. I’m not a big fan of potatoes (just a weird texture thing for me), so I added a cup of rice in place of the potatoes (no extra liquid). This is my second go-round – first time I made it just as the recipe says – it had a great flavor, but I wasn’t digging the potatoes. OMG it is to die for with rice! Even if you like potatoes, I highly recommend mixing it up every so often and using rice (because, trust me, you will be making this recipe over and over again). I was also trying the non-spicy version (mild Italian sausage, no red pepper flakes) and it is still very flavorful. I will be making this recipe next weekend when my entire family is together for the long Thanksgiving weekend (yes, it is that good i want to share it with my very food-creative family!) Also, I am intolerant to dairy, so I used coconut milk instead of heavy cream. If you are on the fence about trying this recipe, go for it! You won’t regret it!

  182. Little hot but,really good!!

  183. I made this several nights ago and it was delectable. The only alteration I made was doubling the spicy Italian sausage and, next time (while still doubling), I’ll be using half spicy and half mild; it had quite a kick to it. My husband can’t wait to bring the leftovers back out! Thanks so much for sharing such a delightful recipe. It was a breeze to make.

  184. Wow. Just made this tonight, and it was a big hit. I used white potatoes instead of red, kale instead of spinach, and half and half for the cream. So much yum, and I didn’t have to deal with the annoying Olive Garden experience! Winning!

  185. Can you use cream cheese instead of heavy cream?

  186. I made this with vegetarian substitutions (veggie broth, Morning Star link sausage and 1% organic milk) and it was beyond wonderful. My husband, a devout vegetarian, me, I waiver; so it’s great to find a recipe that can be modified to make both of us happy. And yes, it did remind me of Olive Garden’s soup, but for us far healthier and less calories. PS- I went heavy on the spinach.

  187. can you switch out spinach for Kale?

  188. I made this the other night and it is delicious!!! Used regular cream in place of heavy cream and it worked out just fine. Both my husband and I love it.

  189. Going to make this tonight – looks yummy! Using kielbasa sausage instead. Our tummies can’t handle real spicy stuff (well mine can but I am the only one in this house who likes spicy/hot) 🙂

  190. I don’t have italian sausage, can I use chorizo (Mexican sausage) instead?

    • You can certainly try substituting chorizo but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

  191. Just made this for dinner it was fantastic!!! I did sub coconut milk for the heavy cream! Thank you for the great recipe.

  192. I am going to make sausage balls instead of crumbling it. I don’t like sausage but my husband does. Been making a lot of your recipes. Yum! Love the One Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta too!

  193. I made this the other night, using hot Italian sausage and it was awesome,,!! I had garlic bread with it and tore some up and put in the soup, really awesome!! On the second night I heated some up and added parmesan cheese to my bowl along with some more bread, to die for!! Making this for my husband when he gets home Sunday!! This is the best soup and just gets better the next day,, Thank you for posting!!!

  194. As a man who often comes home hungry and has to make dinner to feed our family this recipe was great. It was easy, relatively quick, and from simple ingredients. I made this last night for my family and it was delicious. We served it with a hearty bread to soak up all that deliciousness. However, my wife and I both thought it could have used anther couple cups of spinach. There was just enough leftover for my wife and I to both take some to work for lunch today.

  195. This was delicious. Made it with Chicken sausage, kale, and half and half as those were the ingredients I already had. Came out excellent. Whole family enjoyed even picky 3 year old.

  196. Is it a coincidence that every yummy recipe I find on Pinterest leads me to your website? After 25 years of cooking you have put the spark back in my meal planning! My family thanks you!!! 🙂

  197. I made this delicious soup for dinner on a cold and drizzly night and it was hearty and rich enough to feed my hardworking husband who doesn’t think soup is a meal. We loved it and I only made a few minor tweaks. I used fat free half and half, I forgot the chicken broth, so I used water and a touch of bouillon. I added mushrooms in my sauteed sausage and onions. And I made kale chips in the oven while I was making cornbread to go with it and I floated the kale on top of the soup in addition to the wilted spinach. The whole think was delicious! and really rich and decadent. Will be made next time I have dinner guests for sure…

  198. This reminds me of my favorite Olive Garden soup! They use kale… but I also love spinach- maybe even broccoli? Our local market makes a terrific chicken Italian sausage (can’t tell the difference!) so that would be another potential substitute, since I keep it in my freezer.

    Love it! Keep’em coming…..

  199. I made this tonight for an event. So yummy, easy and healthy. Everyone loved it.

    I am really enjoying your recipes, they are fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  200. Delicious! Made it last night with turkey sausage and family loved it. Thanks for recipe.

  201. Love this! Looks like the perfect thing for a cold night snuggled on the sofa!

  202. This soup ROCKED! My husband loves sausage, spinach and potatoes so this was amazing for us. One thing I did was, instead of adding the spinach in the soup, I just put it in our bowls and then poured the soup super hot over top. That still cooked the spinach and wilted it once you stirred it up. I’ve had bad experiences with wilted spinach not keeping well. Not sure if that would have happened in this recipe or not. But DAMN GIRL! This was good.

  203. I made this over the weekend and it was damn delicious! Not only was it great tasting it was super easy and fast to make. This one is going in the rotation! Thanks for the great recipe

  204. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit! Love your site! Such fantastic recipes!!

  205. Excerpt from conversation with my mom. Me: “I’m going to make soup!” My mom: “You get carried away with food pictures, does the recipe have a lot of review?” Me: “No. She posted it yesterday, but I trust her and that one recipe I made from her blog didn’t let me down!”

    Just ate a bowl of this soup and it was delicious! Spicy & hearty! I added in a carrot, diced & some sliced mushrooms because I wanted more veggies. I also used 2 cans of low-sodium chicken broth and then did another 11oz of water. I didn’t add salt and thought the soup was still a bit salty (I assume from the sausage), but I think it will pair well with some baguette slices! Thank you Chungah!

  206. Soup never fills me up but one with sausage, potato and spinach just might. Looks really good! Pinned!

  207. Slurp – this is my kind of soup, quick, fresh, and easy. 🙂 The hubs will ask for more sausage in it.

  208. This one is a fall family favorite in my home, super easy and Damn Delicious :). One suggestion I’d like to offer…if you like making enough for leftovers…swap some kale for the spinach, it holds up better when re-heating!

  209. My wife is not a fan of spicy Italian sausage, but could go for the milder version. Of the many different types of sausage and ingredients available these days, which would you recommend to be a great sustitute? In turkey or chicken versions.

    • It really depends on your wife’s personal preference – but I would personally choose chicken over turkey!

    • I’m using bratwurst because that’s what i have on hand…..my son used the last of my Italian the other day. 🙁 I am pretty sure any sausage could substitute for your taste.

  210. Yummm! I’m one of those girls too, who can eat a pipping hot bowl of soup any day of the year 🙂

  211. You can substitute Non-Fat Half and Half for the heavy cream! Can’t wait to make this soup – sounds wonderful.

  212. Very tasty and easy to put together! The only change I made was to eliminate the heavy cream-didn’t have any. Otherwise just delicious.

  213. Ohh, here I go again to thaw out the sausage! Just happen to have everything needed on hand and will make this for dinner today. I can’t bring myself to count calories for every dish I make but using some good judgement on frequency works just fine. Looking forward to dinner tonight … if I can wait until then! Thank you for such great and ‘damndelicious’ recipes.

  214. I was thinking I wouls substitute the sausage with turkey sausage.

  215. Italian sausage is our FAV, and we just happened to buy a ton of it. I was just thinking about how I haven’t made a soup at ALL this fall…and this is making me need to change that ASAP. Pinned!

  216. I love this soup it was my favorite at a local restaurant and once I learned to make it I couldnt stop. Love the flavor and I keep everything on hand to make this often.

  217. Looks amazing Chungah! I never look at calories but that .5 made me laugh haha!

  218. I love that it has 329.5 calories I would probably splurge on one more piece of spinach and go for 330 🙂 You know I do NOT ever pay attention to calorie counts on anyone’s blog, ever. But for some reason I just noticed that. And I love your bit at the end about sausage and whipping cream. 🙂

    This is a perfect hearty fall/winter soup!

    • Do you think I could make this in the crockpot? We are a family of gypsies haha (not actually gypsies) but live on the road basically. My crockpot is really the closest thing I have to a stockpot size…

      • Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

        • Could i sub sweet Italian sausage for this recipe or do you think it would change the flavor of the soup too much? Just can’t handle any spice. Thank you 🙂

          • Yes, absolutely!

          • I used a whole pack of Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage and it came out good. I forgot to add cram and it was very good. A little spicey tho. Added xtra spinach and leftover Yukon and red potatoes diced. It’s a keeper

      • You can use a crock pot for this dish. Brown the sausage in a skillet and use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to the crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients. The only suggestion I’d make is to cook the soup, on High, without the lid. Otherwise the soup will get too watery.
        Note: when I make this soup I always remove the cooked sausage from the skillet and drain on paper towels then add it back to the pot. Otherwise, you’ll have an orange oil slick on top of the soup as you’;re trying to serve it. I also use Kale instead of Spinach. This recipe is a version of an Italian soup called Zuppa Toscano.