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High Calorie Sausage and Vegetable Soup

High Calorie Soup: Italian Sausage and Summer Vegetable Soup With Orzo

Italian Sausage and Summer Vegetable Soup with Orzo is a hearty and satisfying high calorie soup that will help with hydration while preventing weight loss.
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 419 kcal


  • 8 oz Italian sausages about 2 links, with casing removed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion diced. about 1 medium
  • 1/2 cup celery diced, 1 large stalk
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup green pepper large dice (about 1 pepper)
  • 1 cup zucchini large diced, about 1 small
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup orzo dried
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Heat a medium sized pot over medium heat.
  • Cook Italian sausage until browned and cooked through, breaking up into small pieces, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer meat to a separate bowl and set aside (make sure to leave behind any fat in the pan).
  • To the same saucepan, add 2 tbsp olive oil.
  •  Add onion, celery, carrot and cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add garlic, salt and tomato paste and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Add green pepper, zucchini, chicken broth, oregano and basil and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes
  • Add in orzo and cook, covered,  for an additional 11 minutes until orzo is fully cooked.
  • Stir in heavy cream. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • Serve immediately.


NOTE: As the soup sits, the orzo will continue to absorb liquid. If you are not serving the soup immediately, you can cook the orzo separately (follow package instructions) and add into the soup upon serving.  If following this method, make sure to cook the soup for the full 21 minutes so the vegetables are cooked through.


Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 13gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1082mgPotassium: 528mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
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