This simple Sausage, Pepper, and Spinach soup is low carb, paleo, and Whole30 friendly but more importantly - it's full of flavor and incredibly comforting.
I am gearing up for a trip back East for the holidays and just the thought of all that cold weather has me craving soup. Literally, I stare at all the snow covered faces and trees on social media and immediately want something warm. I think my body is unconsciously trying to prepare to face the snow and mind-numbingly cold mornings. You know the kind I mean. When you walk outside, can see your breath, and your teeth immediately start to chatter as you scrape ice and sleet off the car. Just to get in and freeze while the car blows cold air out of the heating vents. So in anticipation, we are eating all the soup.
So let's talk about this Sausage, Pepper, and Spinach Soup. It's packed with sausage, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and plenty of garlic. The key to making this soup really delicious is starting with a really good sausage. Choose either a sweet or hot variety depending on what you like and you can use chicken, turkey, or pork. It can be ground sausage or links - just make sure it is full of flavor. Then you just add some onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and spinach and you have one flavor packed soup. And if you want to beef things up, you vcould always add beans, rice, or pasta.
Sausage, Pepper, and Spinach Soup
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- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. lean turkey sausage (or sliced chicken sausage)
- 1 U onion, diced
- 2 U carrots, chopped
- 2 U celery stalks, chopped
- 1 U red pepper, chopped
- 1 U green pepper, chopped
- 3 U cloves garlic, chopped
- 14 oz. canned diced Italian tomatoes (undrained)
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 U bay leaf
- 4 cups spinach
- Salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned.
Add the onion, peppers, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for 4-6 minutes until onion begins to become translucent.
Add the diced tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, bay leaf, and oregano. Bring to a simmer and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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