easy paleo soup recipe – Italian sausage and potato

Paleo Italian Sausage & Potato Soup

On a chilly winter’s night there’s nothing quite like a pot of hearty soup simmering on the stove to warm your body and soul… 

This is a flavor-packed and aromatic paleo entrée soup I think you’re really going love from the very first steaming spoonful.

Meaty and robust, this is one of those must-have cold-weather crushers that will warm you right up.

Plus, it’s super-easy to make! Spend just a few minutes peeling and chopping, and this one can go from stovetop to soup bowl in about 30 minutes.

The spicy sausage adds a little Italian flair to the soup. Make yours with pork or turkey sausage – I used a package of ground Italian turkey that was on sale.

There’s a little bacon in this one too just to add some savory smokey flavor and more depth to the soup.

And what soup would be complete without some earthy goodness – this one includes chopped white sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach, all simmered to just the right tenderness.


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This is a flavorful and filling paleo soup meal the whole family will love. Try this easy, one-pot recipe!

There you have it – a complete paleo meal in your bowl. No need for sides. There’s plenty of yummy to fill your tummy in this soup.

By they way, you’ll see I added a little extra heat with some cayenne pepper. You can leave it out or add more – that’s entirely up to you. I used 1/2 tsp which upped the spiciness just enough for me. 

Note too, the coconut milk doesn’t make the soup thick – it’s there to add just a little extra richness.

And as far as the broth, you can use either organic chicken broth or your own homemade chicken stock, either way the end result will be a very savory and satisfying soup.

Give this easy paleo recipe a try when you’re looking for hearty comfort food to beat back the cold of winter. Enjoy!

Paleo Italian Sausage & Potato Soup

Yield: Makes about 8 servings

Paleo Italian Sausage & Potato Soup


  • I lb ground hot Italian sausage
  • 4 slices of uncooked bacon, chopped small
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 white sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into about 1/2" pieces
  • 1 large carrot, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 tbs chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the onion, sausage and bacon plus 2 tbs of olive oil. Stir just until sausage is cooked through
  2. If you have a lot of fat in the pot, drain most of it leaving a little behind for flavor
  3. Next add the minced garlic to the pot and cook for just 1 minute. Now add in the potatoes, carrots, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to the same pot. Stir over medium heat to combine flavors for about 5 minutes
  4. Add chicken broth to the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender
  5. Add coconut milk, spinach and basil – simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Finally stir in the cayenne – taste and add more if you want it spicier
  7. Ladle into soup bowls and enjoy!

43 replies
  1. Debra
    Debra says:

    Very good, this will become a regular. I used pancetta instead of bacon. I browned that first and removed it from the pot. I added it back in when I added the coconut milk in to keep the bacon crispy. I also used fennel instead of onions and garlic infused olive oil instead of garlic since I follow the Fodmap diet as well.

  2. Rose
    Rose says:

    I made this tonight for the family and I thought it was so full of flavor and absolutely delicious! this recipe is a keeper! I’m planning on trying your sausage cabbage soup tomorrow! Thanks again!

  3. Stefanie
    Stefanie says:

    LOVE this recipe! Just started our Paleo journey and this is one of the first recipes I tried. My whole family devoured it, including my 1.5 year old, who demanded, “More! More!!” The only things I’ve tweaked is frying the bacon first and then taking it out, to add at the very end, as a topping. And I substituted Kale over spinach. Also didn’t add the coconut milk, just our preference.
    I’ve also made your sweet potato sloppy Joe’s and sausage and shrimp skillet. I have zero complaints. Thank you so so much for making this transition easy, and tasty!!

  4. Jen
    Jen says:

    Just got through making it, haven’t tasted it, but I’m sure it’s wonderful. I just wanted to mention that I think you left out the part about adding the garlic. I’m guessing you’d add it with the onions. I didn’t see when to add it as I was making it, so just ended up adding it at the end while the potatoes softened.

      • Jennifer
        Jennifer says:

        Awesome!! OMG, it was Sooo good! Very rich and full of flavor!! My only complaint is that are no more leftovers. I used sage sausage and homemade Turkey Broth. This will be a favorite for sure.

  5. Penny
    Penny says:

    Made this tonight. Omg, SO YUMMY! This is going into my regular soup rotation. I shated it on my FB page and hashtagged you on my Instagtam post about this. Thank you!

    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Thank you Penny! :) I’m glad you gave it a try. It’s me favorite soup recipe so far. And thanks for the mention on Instagram! I have so much fun over there. :)

    • Trina
      Trina says:

      I buy them at Sprouts, Whole foods and Safeway. If they are not available at your grocery store, please talk to the produce manager. They will order for you. They are not expensive and readily available. I did this at my local store and now they carry them all year. The manager told me he didn’t realize how much people like them. :)

  6. Dominique
    Dominique says:

    I loved this soup!! Will add it to the soup rotation for the long Michigan winters… I subbed Kale for the spinach (when I added the carrots/potatoes) and it was a great decision. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

    • Trina
      Trina says:

      I love Kale with this recipe too! Thank you for the reminder. I simply made it with spinach as many people still aren’t on the kale bandwagon yet. :)

  7. Laura
    Laura says:

    Is it ok to prepare the whole soup now if I’m not going to eat it for several hours? Or should I add the coconut milk, spinach and basil right before eating. (Keeping in mind the 1st option will be much easier for my husband!)

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    This soup is fantastic! Just had a friend over for lunch and she couldn’t stop raving about how good it was. And so easy to make! Thank you!

  9. Winnie
    Winnie says:

    Love everything about this recipe! It’s easy to make & delicious, to say the least. We cook a lot with coconut milk & this is now one of our go to recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jane
    Jane says:

    Absolutely delicious! Omitted the bacon and used regular sausage and the flavors were still wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Laura P
    Laura P says:

    I have made this soup about 6 times this winter and it’s a huge hit! I added some shredded chicken requested by my boyfriend which makes it even more filling and hearty. I didn’t have Italian spices so just added Oregano, extra fresh garlic, and thyme. Another great recipe from Trina!

    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Yay Laura! I love that you are adapting my recipes to fit the likes of your family. Such a great idea adding chicken. Nothing better than soup that is hearty enough to call a meal. :)

  12. Monica
    Monica says:

    This soup was delicious! I agree that it was even better the next day:) I usually don’t like soup, but this one’s definitely a keeper–thank you so much!

    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      We should be friends. I’m not a big soup person either.:) For me it needs to be a meal. I liked this recipe for that reason. I’m glad you liked it too!

  13. Janet Wagstaff
    Janet Wagstaff says:

    I made this over the weekend. Substituted the sweet potato with Turnips and used Vegetable broth instead of the chicken. So flavorful! – was even better the next day!


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