A hearty yet refreshingly light Italian soup perfect for hot summer days or dreary winter evenings. Use sweet Italian sausage if you like a milder soup.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the Italian sausages in the hot oil, turning occasionally, until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool; remove all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the pot.

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  • Stir the garlic, onion, carrot, potato, and celery into the hot fat. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the onion has turned translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste until no lumps remain; pour in the red wine. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the liquid has reduced by half, stirring frequently to dissolve the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the beef broth, black beans, and diced tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour.

  • Cut the cooled sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Stir the sausage into the soup along with the rotini pasta, spinach, and dried oregano. Simmer until the pasta is tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the chopped basil and season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

382.9 calories; 18.4 g protein; 35.6 g carbohydrates; 40.7 mg cholesterol; 1531.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2009
My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe. I tweaked the amounts of veggies a bit to satisfy our tastes (more of carrots and potatoes less celery.) I also didn't use fresh basil because it costs too much. To make up for the flavor I added dried basil more oregano and some Italian seasoning. I also added some dried red pepper for a little extra spice. I added all of the spices while simmering instead of after so that the tastes could combine. I'm also considering adding the Italian sausage earlier next time so that the flavor mingles. I'm sure I'll make this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2011
Not a big fan of this "soup" I'd call it more of a "stoup" (as Rachael Ray would say). The flavor was ok but not what I expected.... Read More
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  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2009
My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe. I tweaked the amounts of veggies a bit to satisfy our tastes (more of carrots and potatoes less celery.) I also didn't use fresh basil because it costs too much. To make up for the flavor I added dried basil more oregano and some Italian seasoning. I also added some dried red pepper for a little extra spice. I added all of the spices while simmering instead of after so that the tastes could combine. I'm also considering adding the Italian sausage earlier next time so that the flavor mingles. I'm sure I'll make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
Just awesome! Family and I lived this hearty soup. I used hot Italian turkey sausage removed from the casing and cooked and crumbled. The red wine flavor really stands out. I used broken spaghetti as my pasta of choice that I cooked seperately so as not to make the soup too starchy. Fresh spinach and basil are also a must. Delicious healthy and filling. I sprinkled some red hot pepper flakes on mine along with some grated romano cheese. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2010
It had a great flavor. I would use mild sausage instead of hot next time. I didn't have any basil so I added some dry basil the same time I added the oregano. I also didn't have enough spinach but I did chop up what I had and cooked it along with the other veggies. I also didn't have any of the rotini pasta so I substituted egg noodles. With all my adjustments the soup was still amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
This recipe is absolutely delicious! It has lots of wonderful healthy veggies and so many flavors. My whole family loved it and I'll definitely make it again. I made it exactly as the recipe is written however it would be easy to modify it to include different veggies and/or meats. I had an opened bottle of shiraz that was the perfect red wine to go with the bold flavors of this dish. Excellent recipe and I'll make it again especially when the weather cool off this winter. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2011
I substituted chopped steak for the spicy sausage and it turned out great; very hearty and filling! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
Wow! A hit at my house. I used chilli chicken sausage instead of traditional Italian. It gave it a spicy hot bang! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2010
I enjoyed this very much but the family didn't so much; they are not big sausage lovers so take with a grain of salt. I did add the oregano for the last hour of cooking and added about 1/4 cup sugar to give it a boost - I usually cook much more spicy recipes. Needed two cans of beans in my opinion. Would leave the potato out next time. All in all I'd make it again for myself but probably not for the girls. Would make a great potluck or poker night dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2009
I really enjoyed this recipe. What's not to love w/all the different flavors/ingredients that go into it! I did make a few minor changes-I left the potato out b/c didn't think it was necessary; used wheat rotini and couldn't tell the difference; added a handful of tortellini and added extra beef broth to help cook the pasta. The black beans go unnoticed but left them in b/c i love them! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2011
Not a big fan of this "soup" I'd call it more of a "stoup" (as Rachael Ray would say). The flavor was ok but not what I expected.... Read More
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