Italian Sausage Soup and Blog for a Cause

As you can tell I’ve been on a bit of a soup binge lately.  It’s been cold and rainy here in Portland and soup just seems to hit the spot.  Today’s soup recipe is the last one for a bit and we are going to start into some recipes for your Thanksgiving Day menu.

Back in September I was invited to Wisconsin by Johnsonville Sausage for a fun blogger event.  They spoiled us rotten!  A group of select bloggers were invited to participate with them in their Blog for a Cause Holiday Event.

You can join me in their Blog for a Cause Event and together we can raise $1,000 for an organization of our choice.   All you have to do is  leave a comment on this post that you have tried a recipe with Johnsonville Sausage and they will donate $50.00 per comment up to $1,000.  That means I need at least 20 of you to leave a comment.  You can do that!  The more the merrier though!

You can try today’s recipe for Italian Sausage Soup or you can try one of my other favorite sausage recipes listed at the bottom of the post or you can head over to Johnsonville Kitchen and try one of their recipes or use Johnsonville Sausage in one of your favorite sausage recipes.  Just leave a comment here and let me know what recipe you tried.

Also, I’d love your suggestions on what non-profit I should donate the money to – leave a comment and let me know!!

I love to use Italian sausage in soup.  I am not a big fan of hamburger so sausage is a nice alternative.  It also gives the soup a better, richer flavor.  Johnsonville has several different types of Italian sausage to choose from – sweet, mild, spicy.  Choose your favorite!

This recipe is a nice hearty soup.  Not only does it have sausage but zucchini, carrots, potatoes and cabbage.  It is a good cold weather soup.

I used the mild Italian Sausage in this version.  You can also play around with the seasonings a bit to your liking.  I used basil, oregano, parsley and celery seed.

So give it a try and help raise $50.00 for charity!  Just be sure and come back and leave a comment that you tried a recipe with Italian Sausage!

Check out a couple of my other favorite Italian Sausage recipes:

Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage (a family favorite!!)

Tortellini and Sausage Soup (one of my most requested recipes)



Italian Sausage Soup and Blog for a Cause
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 7 C beef broth
  • 1½ C water
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp celery seed
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 T fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 C cabbage, chopped
  • 2 C zucchini, shredded
  • 2 C potatoes, diced
  • 1 C carrots, chopped
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese or additional cabbage to garnish top
  1. Cook sausage in pan with onion and garlic.
  2. Break sausage into small pieces.
  3. Drain grease.
  4. In a pan add remaining ingredients (except for cheese and cabbage for garnish) and after sausage is completely cooked add it too.
  5. Simmer for about 1 hour uncovered.
  6. Garnish with cheese and or shredded cabbage.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    We would love to try some sausage recipes but we are missionaries in the Philippines and it is not available. I can say that the last time we were in the States on furlough having Johnsonville brats on the grill was a real treat!

  2. Melissa says

    I have several recipes that I use Johnsonville sausage in. I tend to buy the spicy as that is my family’s favorite and really gives the recipe a kick.

  3. Michelle says

    My family loves Johnsonville brats on the grill. I am sure they would eat them every day! I also have a recipe that uses Italian sausage and rice in a pressure cooker. Super quick and delicious!

  4. Tamara says

    We love Johnsonville brats on the grill too. This recipe looks awesome. Your tomato soup recipe from last week got a thumbs up from my hubby and me. It would probably even taste great with some sausage thrown in. My charity would be MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Congrats on being named best local blog!

  5. Gayle215 says

    I recently tried a pasta recipe using the cheese sausage and peppers! It was delicious. How about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for the charity.

  6. Laurie Marsh says

    I love your Tortellini and Sausage soup! I make it for anyone who is sick or has a baby on the way!

    How about It is a 5k fun run that I founded 2 years ago to provide clean water and sanitation in a rural region of Zambia. This allows girls to finally go to school instead of spending their time walking miles each day for water or not being able to go to school because there are no facilities! In the last 2 years we have raised $56,000 that we have donated to World Vision to make a significant difference in these girls lives!

  7. dawn says

    My family loves the baked zita with Johnsonville sausage. Sometimes we use the sweet variety and sometimes we use the spicy. Both ways are delicious.
    I like to donate to Schoolhouse Supplies, a Portland Non profit that supplies teachers with supplies for students and their classrooms.

  8. Lark says

    I used Johnsonville Sausage to make “Bill’s Sausage Gravy” found on It’s delicious! Thanks to Johnsonville for

  9. Denise says

    We love to sautee Johnsonville Italian Sausage and add to spaghetti sauce. I also use Johsonville sausages added to my favorite Martha Stewart Lentil Soup recipes. Sounds perfect on a cool, rainy Portland day!

  10. Lisa says

    Johnsonville Lil Smokies are the best simmered in a sweet savory sauce or wrapped in pieces of crescent rolls, baked and dipped in your choice of sauce. They are delicious and sooo versatile! Yum!!!

  11. Tiffany says

    I haven’t made a sausage recipe yet, but I know what charity you should donate the money to. November is Prematurity Awareness Month and this Thursday, November 17 is World Prematurity Day. My son was born at 25 weeks. He is what they call a micro-preemie. He is now a healthy, typical 6 year old, thanks to research funded by the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes supports research aimed at preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. This is definitely a cause that is important to me.

  12. Andrea says

    Wow! This soup is divine! I made it today and I expect that it will be gone today! The only thing I did differently was that I did not use zuchinni and I used axlot more garlic, both fresh and granulated. I served this with french bread and sweet iced tea.

    This recipe is a keeper, I will be making this again and again!

  13. says

    This soup looks DELICIOUS! You know we love soup at our house so I’ll be making it for sure. I also have an idea for a nonprofit… the nonprofit I helped start in Zimbabwe is doing a school fees drive for orphans who can’t afford to pay the $60 a year it costs to attend school. That would go a long way toward giving orphans an education! Just an idea!

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