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Sweet Potato-Sausage Soup

If you like a little heat, swap in spicy Italian sausage for the sweet.

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  • Servings: 6
Sweet Potato-Sausage Soup

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced large
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes (1 pound total), peeled and diced medium
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup small pasta shells
  • 4 cups roughly chopped mixed greens, such as kale and Swiss chard
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add sweet potatoes, broth, and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook 3 minutes less than package instructions. Reduce to a simmer, add greens, and cook until pasta is tender and greens are wilted, 4 minutes. Serve with Parmesan.

Reviews (12)

  • orangek8 2 Nov, 2014

    Awwww, yeah. This soup is delicious, nutritious, beautiful and amazing!!! Such a great fall soup. Will be making it all winter too!! I used hot Italian turkey sausage. YUM!

  • vanillablue 25 Oct, 2014

    Wow! This was awesome! I made it with mild Italian sausage and kale. Really hearty! Will be adding this to my fall/winter soup rotation.

  • asalazar 16 Dec, 2013

    I made this over the weekend and it was SO GOOD! The prep was quick and the active cook time was minimal, really all I had to do was wait for the soup to boil and the noodles to get al dente. I will definitely be making this again, it was hearty and perfect for winter.

  • susantennis 9 Dec, 2013

    I thought it was terribly bland. I added a handful of Italian seasonings, pinch of red pepper flakes for heat, pinch of nutmeg, 3 bullion cubes, 1/2 a tin of tomatoes, and 2 cans of tomato sauce (I was out of tomato paste). I also left out the pasta so it was gluten free. After all that, it was delicious.

  • Stephanie663 5 Dec, 2013

    Delicious! Even my husband who says he doesn't like sweet potatoes had seconds. I used spinach 'cause that's what I had on hand. I also forgot the parm until I had finished the bowl! Added a squirt of sriracha for a little heat. Will absolutely make this again!

  • tjhschwind 5 Dec, 2013

    This soup is easy to make and absolutely delicious. I realized I had forgotten the Parmesan cheese after I finished my bowl. I never missed it.

  • ConnieH 10 Feb, 2013

    I have made this soup a couple of times. It is soooo good! I shared with the neighbors and it was such a big hit they shared it with their daughters and they have made it several times. This is such a "keeper"! I'm copying the recipe right at this moment as someone else wants a copy.
    I prefer spicy things so I used the hot Itialian sausage and so glad I did. DON'T let the "greens" scare you if you are not used to using them. It really adds to this soup as does that little bit of parmesan.

  • OhSirop 24 Jan, 2013

    Found this recipe through the Everyday Food Digital Magazine and thought I'd give it a try. I was in the mood for a comfort food hearty soup and this one fit the bill for a cold chilly night. I laughed when I saw that apparently this soup serves 6. My husband and I (party of 2) helped ourselves to 3 and 2 servings respectively. ;0) We had just enough soup to pack up for 1 person's lunch the next day. Definitely need to double recipe to serve 4-5 generously. This soup won't disappoint!

  • JessicaLana 31 Dec, 2012

    this soup was great! My boyfriend raved. Really delicious and pretty too!

  • ConnieH 8 Dec, 2012

    Will be making this as I found the recipe in EVERYDAY FOOD and it looks very good however,I almost missed it here on the site as it has ACORN squash pictures next to the recipe

  • ct718 2 Dec, 2012

    Just made this tonight with some chicken sausage I had in the freezer. It was a great way to use sweet potato and we loved the swiss chard. I will definitely make it again.

  • allisonyw 30 Nov, 2012

    Absolutely love this recipe. I do half sweet sausage, half hot and it brings such a wonderful, flavorful kick to it. Definitely part of my regular winter meal rotation now.

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