Sausage and Peppers Soup

This make-ahead freezer soup recipe will warm up those cold winter nights in no time.

Sausage and Peppers Soup
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Heat Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
16 cups soup (two 8-cup batches)


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 16 ounce cooked smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced

  • 4 red, yellow, green, and/or orange sweet peppers, cut into bite-size strips

  • 2 cup chopped onions

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 8 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

  • Salt and black pepper


  1. In a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high. Add sausage; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage. Add sweet peppers, onions, and garlic to Dutch oven. Cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until tender and starting to brown. Remove from heat. Stir in sausage, tomatoes, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper.

  2. Divide sausage mixture between two freezer containers or bags. Label and freeze up to 3 months.

  3. To serve, thaw one container of sausage mixture in refrigerator 1 to 2 days (mixture may still be a bit icy). Transfer to a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven. Add 4 cups of the broth. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 cup of the basil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Slow Cooker

Thaw one container of sausage mixture as directed. Transfer to a 3 1/2- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in 4 cups of the broth. Cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours or high 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in 1/4 cup of the basil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
13g Fat
12g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 977mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 65.4mg 327%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 433mg 9%
Folate, total 32.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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