Food Hussy Recipe: Healthy Sausage & Vegetable Soup

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions are my own.

Recently I went up to the Bob Evans Grocery offices up near Columbus (and had some amazing recipes!) - and on that trip I came home with a big bag of pork! Since then, I've been looking for ideas with pork sausage - but here's the thing - if there's a recipe that calls for hamburger - boom - use pork sausage instead! 

Healthy sausage and vegetable soup
I came across this recipe for Weight Loss Soup and it looked pretty good but I wanted to jazz it up a bit to suit my needs. The thing is - I love lots of STUFF in my vegetable soup - so I added some items. It was interesting to see some of the "weight loss" properties in the ingredients: (from
  • Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and other natural acids that help your liver break down fat faster.
  • Beans can stabilize blood sugar which reduces the amount of fat storage hormones our bodies make.
  • Onions are loaded with chromium,  which also helps with fat storage hormones.
  • Garlic might actually keep pre-fat cells turning into fat cells.
  • Mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron.
  • Bell peppers contain  beta-carotene, which gives you antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
Healthy sausage and vegetable soup
I love the versatility of pork sausage! Really anywhere you would normally use ground beef - swap it out with pork sausage and go - plus I think it has more flavor.  Bob Evans has quite a few varieties to choose from with Original, Italian sausage, Zesty Hot, Sage and Maple sausage. The main reason I used it was I have 5 rolls in my freezer! I'm also on a little binge of using what I have before I buy more.  

Healthy sausage and vegetable soup
The rest of the soup came together with what was in my fridge - mushrooms are a must! I also had carrots, onions, black beans and tomatoes. Then I added ditalini pasta - it's my favorite for a soup. It's bite sized and no awkward biting off of super long noodles. And can I tell you - it took less than 30 minutes to make!!

Healthy sausage and vegetable soup
What emerged was a delicious and hearty vegetable soup! Here's one tip as well - when I make soup and add the pasta in - it soaks up all of the liquid! So a couple of helpful ideas for this:
  1. Always buy extra V8 juice! It's my secret weapon for tomato-based soups - if it gets thick - add a little more V8! And take a swig while you're at it - that stuff is fantastic for you!
  2. Cook the pasta separately and just add it in before you serve it! Especially great if you have leftovers - save that pasta out in a bag and add it before you serve. This way the pasta doesn't have time to soak up all the liquid.

Healthy sausage and vegetable soup
I hope you enjoy this great recipe for a Healthy Sausage & Vegetable soup!

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Healthy Sausage & Vegetable Soup

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 30 mins
I love a hearty, chunky soup and this hits the spot!


  • 1 lb Bob Evans original pork sausage (sub the Zesty Hot if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 Tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 - 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups V8 juice
  • 1 - 14 oz can of black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin


  1. In a large pot, brown pork sausage.
  2. Add in onion, garlic, pepper, mushrooms and carrots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. This soup freezes really well.
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