Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 30 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Italian Sausage Stew
with mushrooms and zucchini

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min

Classically Italian, the flavors of this soup develop quickly thanks to browned Italian sausage and a mix of herbs and vegetables.
Smarts: To add flavor or spice, use any variety of sausage you like - a spicy Italian sausage makes a great addition if you like a little heat.

Tags

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Italian Sausage Stew:
  • Chard, any type - 3 leaves, chopped, leaves and stems separate
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Celery - 2 ribs, chopped
  • Mushrooms, any button - 8 oz, sliced (look for pre-sliced to save time)
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Italian sausage, uncooked - 12 oz
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce of choice (opt) - 1 tsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

Prep

  1. Chard / Onions / Carrots / Celery - Prep as directed. Store chard leaves in one container. Combine chard stems, onions, carrots and celery in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Mushrooms / Zucchini - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Get 1 free month
Learn More

Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add first part of oil and then mushrooms. Saute mushrooms until golden brown and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Set mushrooms aside and return pan to heat.
  2. Add second part of oil and then chard stems, onions, carrots and celery to heated oil. Saute until onions soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add sausage and stir to combine. Saute until sausage begins to break down and brown in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in Italian seasoning and salt and cook until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
  4. Pour tomatoes, stock, thyme sprigs and reserved mushrooms over sausage and vegetables. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together. Add chopped zucchini and cook just until starting to turn tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in chard leaves, lemon juice and hot sauce (if using). Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Remove and discard thyme sprigs.
  7. Divide soup between bowls and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (140)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (14)
Vegetarian (11)

56 reviews

We used chicken sausage, it was grea

By: Christopher
Posted: Apr 19, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

super easy for a weeknight meal!

By: Mary
Posted: Mar 09, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This is actually one of my favorites, but I made several changes, thus the 3 star rating. Hubby doesn't like beans so I used a diced potato instead (sautéed with the onions, celery, and carrots). I substituted spinach for the chard. I used 1/2 pound ground turkey breast in place of half of the Italian sausage (to keep it a bit leaner). This made an incredibly tasty soup that was great reheated for lunch the next day. I'd recommend that this recipe is re-launched with the above substitutions. It was very good!

By: Julie-Ann
Posted: Feb 19, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yummy and very filling soup. Great for the wintertime.

By: Melanie
Posted: Feb 08, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This soup got a bit acidic--it might have been the sausage I used. It was fine for dinner, but I was not enthusiastic about the leftovers.

By: Rachel
Posted: Feb 06, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I used a vegan italian sausage and it was divine.

By: Alicia
Posted: Feb 01, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful