OTCB Clean Italian Wedding Soup

On The Chopping Block
by On The Chopping Block
6 Servings
1 hr 45 min

I know we're coming upon spring, but I consider soup a year round staple. I love making a big batch of it and knowing its easily accessible in the fridge. So here is one that's definitely worth making!

If you've never tried Italian Wedding Soup before, it truly is a must and a staple in my home. Traditionally, you'll find orzo or acini de pep pasta in the soup, but we've gone ahead and eliminated that here to make this a bit more of a clean, Whole30 friendly recipe. We replaced the orzo with cauliflower rice and added a handful more of vegetables.

OTCB Clean Italian Wedding Soup
Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 1 Hours Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 45 min
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The Ingredients
  • 2lbs of spicy Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 container of mirepoix mix from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 cartons of chicken stock (64-80 oz)
  • 3 zucchini, cubed
  • 2-3 cups of chopped kale
  • ½ cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 ½ cups of cauliflower rice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking
The How To:
Start off by heating up a dutch oven. Add your olive oil and begin cooking your mirepoix mix and. Cook it for between 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper half way through and add your leeks and garlic. Be sure not to skimp on this process. This is where you extract so much flavor!
In the meantime, heat up a separate skillet on medium heat. Remove your sausage from its casing, add oil to your pan and begin cooking your sausage. Be sure to break apart the sausage with a wooden spoon while you're cooking. begin cooking your sausage in a separate skillet. Once cooked, set aside. Cook until the
Once mirepoix is cooked and it has softened and darkened, add your stock and bring to a boil. Once at boiling point, bring to a simmer and add your zucchini and cauliflower rice.
Allow to cook for 5 minutes and then add your sausage back in. Finish off by adding the kale, lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Chris Buckland Chris Buckland on Mar 06, 2021

    I have a question what is mirepoix mix ?

    If I can't find this what can I substitute for it Thank you Looks Yummy😊

    • Lynn Lynn on Mar 06, 2021

      Hi Chris,

      it is just diced onion, celery, and carrot. Use 2 part onion to one part carrot and celery. It’s better diced up at home too, than store bought.

  • Sue Sue on Mar 05, 2022

    How much mirepoix mix if substituting onion, celery, and carrot from fridge. We don’t have Trader Joe’s here.

    • On The Chopping Block On The Chopping Block on Mar 05, 2022

      I roughly do 1 medium onion, two medium carrots and 2 celery sticks. Essentially you want 3 equal parts. The exact amount isn’t super important. You can give a little here and there. Hope that helps!