In some areas, Italian sausage is easy to find, but in others, it may be more difficult to track down. No worries if you can’t find it. You can simply create your own Italian sausage using whatever type of meat is your favorite.
Traditional Italian sausage is created with seasoned ground pork, but if you can’t find that, you can use whatever type of ground meat you can find. Ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken all will work equally well as ground pork in this recipe. Of course, beef will give a more intense, meaty flavor to the soup, but that’s not all bad!
When you put one pound of meat in your pan to brown it, add the following spices to create your own Italian sausage.
Creamy Spinach and Italian Sausage Soup Recipe
- Soup Pot or Dutch Oven
- Wooden Spoon
Italian Sausage Ingredients
- 1 pound Ground Meat pork, beef, turkey, or chicken
- 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon Fennel Seed
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flake
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 8 pcs Medium Potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 1 pound Italian Sausage browned, chopped, and drained
- 4 tbsp Chopped Bacon you can use bacon bits if you prefer
- 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Crushed Red pepper Flakes
- 2 cups Half and Half
- 2 cups Fresh Spinach
- For potatoes, ordinary russet potatoes will do perfectly, but to add additional color and texture, you can use scrubbed, unpeeled red potatoes instead.
- This will add gorgeous shades of red to the green and white of the soup. Also, buttery Yukon gold potatoes will work well for this recipe.
- In the recipe below, fresh spinach leaves are used.
- However, if you don’t have fresh spinach on hand, you can substitute frozen spinach instead. Simply thaw a 10-ounce package in a colander under cool running water before adding it to the soup.
- Place the potatoes in a large Dutch oven or soup pot and cover with water.
- Boil for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Don’t overcook them, or they’ll dissolve into mush!
- Pour off half of the water. You want the potato chunks just barely covered over with liquid.
- Add the bacon, Italian sausage, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and a half and half. Stir to combine.
- Tear the spinach into large bits and stir it into the soup.
- Heat the soup until it is warmed through and the spinach is wilted.
- This recipe fills my 4.5-quart Dutch oven about 3/4 of the way.
- That translates to roughly 3 1/2 quarts of soup. It feeds my family of five very well, with a little leftover for lunch the next day.
- If you have hearty eaters or a larger family, you can scale the recipe up by increasing the potatoes by one or two and adding an extra half-pound of Italian Sausage.
- Serve the soup with a crusty yeast bread or a wedge of freshly baked cornbread.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.