Surviving Dinner – Sausage, Bean, & Spinach Soup with Orzo

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

In case it comes up at your next Family Trivia Night, let it be known that my favorite pasta is orzo.  Here is a quick, easy, and not-unhealthy soup for a filling meal!

Survival Menu:

  • Sausage, Bean, & Spinach Soup with Orzo


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • sausage (if you’ve already cooked it and don’t need to spend extra time doing that, it’s preferable)
  • 1/2 pkg baby spinach
  • shallot
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1/2 pkg orzo pasta
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

1.  Chop & saute the shallot in your soup pot.  Add red pepper flakes (optional).

2.  Add chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.

3.   Add the orzo and cook for as long as the package directs – usually about 10 minutes or so.

4.  While the pasta is cooking, drain & rinse the beans.

5.  After the pasta is cooked add the beans, sausage, and spinach to the pot; heat through.

6.  Salt & pepper to taste.  I almost never add any as I find the sausage gives this soup plenty of flavor without having to add salt!

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


2 thoughts on “Surviving Dinner – Sausage, Bean, & Spinach Soup with Orzo

  1. I just had my second child and am returning to work soon. I’ve been feeling anxious, like I need to get prepared and more organized at home. I searched online for easy meals but was overwhelmed by the hundreds of results and many recipes didn’t seem so easy to me. I just found your blog today and can’t wait to try some recipes. You’ve already done the legwork for me. I’m really looking forward to reading more of your posts. I can really use some tips!

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