This Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup recipe is easy to make, full of zesty seasonings, and so cozy and delicious.
Here in Spain, there’s a saying that “en abril, aguas mil” (in April, a thousand showers) — which has certainly proved true this year. It has been raining almost every single day this past month! And after weeks of nonstop drizzle, I’ve gotta say that we are definitely ready for sunny days to return so that we can open our windows and enjoy the warm spring weather again. But in the meantime, we’ve been trying to make the best of things by soaking up the last of the season’s cozy indoor hygge vibes, snuggling under fuzzy blankets, drinking lots of hot tea, baking lots of bread and cookies. And, as I always love to do when it rains, making lots and lots of soup. ♡
This Italian sausage and orzo soup was one of my favorite recipes that came about this month as I was trying to clean out a few leftovers in the fridge. It had all intentions of making minestrone, but then we were out of beans and I wanted to use up some Italian sausage in the fridge, and it turned into this Italian sausage and orzo soup sort of situation. But my word, was it delicious. I actually ended up loving this soup so much that I made a second batch last week so that we could take some to our neighbors and snap a few photographs it to share with all of you today.
The recipe is about as simple as it looks — zesty crumbled Italian sausage, hearty orzo pasta (or whatever shape of pasta you have on hand), your choice of veggies and greens, all simmered in a cozy tomato-herb broth. And together, it is all just so cozy and comforting and satisfying. I like to make mine more on the spicy side with an extra sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and spicy Italian sausage, but I’ve included options below so that you can make yours as fiery and spicy or as gentle and mild as you prefer. Feel free to also make yours gluten-free (just use GF pasta) or vegan (use vegan sausage) if you prefer. And if you happen to have extra veggies, greens or beans hanging out in your kitchen, feel free to toss them in too. This base recipe is incredibly flexible and welcomes swaps and add-ins, so it’s a great way to use up those leftovers.
Bottom line, it’s one of those simple yet satisfying cozy soup recipes that always hits the spot. So round up some sausage and whatever pasta is hanging out in your pantry, and let’s make some soup!