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. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-1ykwq5′]

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!

Join the Conversation

  1. 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.

    1. I love your version! Sounds amazing!

  2. Can this soup be prepped ahead and left in the slow cooker?

    1. Yes, but don’t add the spinach until its time to eat. :)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

    1. Stefanie, I’m so happy you enjoyed! I’m especially happy your little one like it. :) Thank you for taking the time to cmment.

  5. Is it okay if I use frozen chopped spinach?

    1. Sure! :)

  6. 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.

    1. Hi Jen…thanks so much for pointing that out…I’ve corrected that in the recipe! Hope you liked the soup!

      1. 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.

        1. Yay! Thank you so much Jennifer. :) I appreciate your kind words. I’m happy to hear you all enjoyed!

  7. 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!

    1. 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. :)

  8. Where do you purchase white sweet potatoes ?
    Thank you

    1. 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. :)

  9. 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!

    1. 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. :)

  10. 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!)

    1. I would wait on the spinach and basil. They only need a couple of minutes. The rest is all good. :)

  11. 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!

    1. Thank you! What a great compliment. :) I’m very happy to hear everyone enjoyed!

  12. 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!

    1. Thank you Winnie! It’s a favorite here too. I just wish the temperature would drop below 80 degrees so I can make it. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  13. This soup is fabulous!! Thank-you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Hi Shirley! I’m so happy you enjoyed! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. :)

  14. Hi, Do you use coconut milk from a can or carton? Thank you!

    1. Hi Lynn…full fat coconut milk from a can :)

  15. Love this recipe! I’ve made it for my husband and myself several times now. Delicious!

    1. Love your comment — thanks so much Jessica!

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

    1. Jane, I’m happy you liked the recipe! :) Thanks for stopping by to let me know.

  17. 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!

    1. 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. :)

  18. I can use that meal at work tonight.

  19. Heck sausages are gluten free 97% meat! That’s what I use! Lol

  20. Didn’t know we can eat sausage

  21. 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!

    1. 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!

  22. 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!

    1. Janet, Your version sounds so good! I’m sure it was tasty and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know!

  23. Making your sloppy Joe’s tonight but this sounds delicious!!

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