Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Soup with Sausage

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Your dinner guests will beg for more of this amazing sun-dried tomato pesto soup! Adding just a small amount of pesto really makes this soup pop!

This past weekend I was testing out some recipes for my eventual ebook on making homemade broths and broth-based soups.  I’ve been creating simple 3-step recipes as the book will be meant for working people who don’t have lots of time to spend in the kitchen.

So I’d been thinking about a pesto soup of some type.  I love making soups with pre-made pastes like tomato paste, miso and various curry pastes.  A teaspoon or two added to a simmering broth instantly gives you a flavorful base from which to improvise.  And certainly, pesto fits the bill as well.  But I couldn’t quite come up with the right ingredients in my head.

And then it hit me.  Sun-dried tomatoes.  Of course!  I threw in some Italian sausage to give it a meaty boost.  Added some pasta (totally optional) to round it out.

Let’s just say I consider this baby my personal masterpiece.

A Serious Warning

Seriously, be very careful with this pesto soup.  I highly recommended you only make this for yourself.  It is so good that you WILL find yourself inhaling multiple bowls like some sort of strung out drug addict.

Temporary nirvana will soak through you.

If you do make this for others, know that all conversation will stop.  OMFGs will be uttered. Heavy sighs of pleasure and rapid slurping will be heard.   Suspicious glances will then start to shoot around the table. Like hungry lions with a small prey, fights may break out if there’s not enough for seconds and even thirds.

You have been warned.

How to Make a Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Soup with Sausage

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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Soup with Sausage Recipe

A super tasty blend of sundried tomatoes, onions, pesto and sausage in broth. 

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Craig Fear


  • 2 quarts chicken broth or beef or pork broth
  • 3-6 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 large onion or 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2-3 links mild Italian sausage, whole
  • 1-2 cups sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ - ½ cup pesto
  • 1 package short-cut pasta of choice - fusilli, penne, orecchiette
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded, optional


  1. Brown sausage on all sides in butter, lard or olive oil, about five minutes. Add onion and garlic around sausage and saute a few more minutes. Remove sausage, set aside and cut into rounds when slightly cooled.
  2. Add sun-dried tomatoes with garlic and onions and cook another minute or two.
  3. Add broth and simmer a few minutes. Add in half the pesto, dissolve and stir.   Add more pesto as needed. I usually add A LOT! Add in sausage and simmer a few minutes until cooked through.  Ladle into bowls and top with optional parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

1. Most health food stores will have a good quality ready-made pesto.  Avoid conventional products with poor quality ingredients.


2. Play around with the amount of pesto to use.  Add just a little at a time, taste the pesto soup and add more until you get the flavor you want.


3. Add any pasta you want but leave it out entirely if need be.


4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed. I find there’s little need for this as the pesto usually includes it.


5. Use any type of sausage you want. I like a milder sausage as to not overwhelm the pesto and sun-dried tomato flavor.


More Simple 3-Step Soup Recipes and How to Make Broths

Update: My new book, Fearless Broths and Soups, is now available!

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The pesto soup recipe is included (of course!) and is part of the chapter on using simple and affordable ground meats in soups.

All of the recipes emphasize simplicity and just like the pesto soup recipe, are laid out in 3 simple steps. They’re geared to all you stressed out moms and dads and workaholics trying to figure out how to eat well with limited funds and time.

Here’s a little of what you’ll learn:

  • Simple recipes for the most basic homemade bone broths
  • 20 quick and simple Broth for Breakfast recipes for those rushed AM hours
  • 10 simple Creamy Vegetable Soup recipes including Potato Leek, Carrot-Apple-Cinnamon and Sweet Potato Coconut Curry
  • 10 Asian Noodle soups including Thai Coconut Curry, Vietnamese Pho and Burmese Mohinga
  • 10 Soup from the Sea recipes including Cioppino, Clam Chowder and Bouillabaisse
  • 10 simple sausage and meatball soup recipes including Italian Meatball and Portuguese Kale
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Your dinner guests will beg for more of this amazing sun-dried tomato pesto soup! Adding just a small amount of pesto really makes this soup pop!

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About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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