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The Home Grown Mom’s Zuppa Contadina


1 lb Italian Sausage

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic

4-6 cups vegetables, diced (carrots, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, potatoes, fresh tomatoes, kohlrabi, you get the idea)

2 cups leafy greens of your choice

4 cups broth OR 4 cups water + 2 vegetable bouillon cubes

1 Tbsp Oregano

1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

2 cans diced tomatoes

Parmesan (for sprinkling on top)


  1. Cook Italian Sausage in large pot till brown.  I prefer making small meatballs by squeezing the right amount out of the sausage casing into the pan and cooking till brown on all sides.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the browned sausage and cook till fragrant.
  3. Put all remaining vegetables (except the leafy greens) in the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Precooking the veg helps them to retain a bit of firmness/bite once they’re cooked through.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, broth, and spices and heat till warm, then throw in your leafy greens, torn into bite-sized portions and cook till tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with fresh Parmesan, serve with a slice of fresh bread and enjoy!