Be Inspired: To Cook, To Laugh, To Dream

By day, Tanya helps her clients create meaningful connections with their target audience through her modern and elegant website designs. Utilizing her passion for the written word, she crafts entertaining and informative articles on finance, food and health and beauty as a freelance writer. By night, she is a blogger, consumer of too much TV and an overindulgent Cat Mama to Max. To be fair, she spoils Max 24/7.


  1. Hi Tanya,

    Sounds YUM 🙂

    However, being a vegetarian, I don’t think this one would work for me, unless I use whole cheese in place of chicken or sausages perhaps, but the taste would change completely. Also, I would prefer a healthier option to pasta, if there is something, though in itself, this pasta soup can pass off as a great dish!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Thanks, Harleena! You could easily leave out the sausage or replace with a vegetarian sausage replacement with affecting the taste. I also ate a bowl of soup without the pasta by accident and didn’t even miss it, even though I LOVE pasta! 🙂 You have a wonderful weekend too!

  2. I love all the vegetables in there! So good for you! This one is a keeper Tanya! Thank you for sharing it. We tend to eat a lot of soup in the winter and I usually add hot pepper flakes. I feel like it burns out any germs that are hoping to take up residence in my body! haha

    • Me too and the veggies taste great in it too. I need to make another pot of this soon. I love having soup for lunch since I can make one big pot and enjoy it for the rest of the week. LOL! Red pepper flakes probably do burn the germs right out of us! I know when I have a cold or a sore throat, I skip chicken noodle soup and get a high bowl of hot and sour soup instead!

    • LOL! Yes, thank you for bringing me to California. 🙂 I feel just awful that I missed the -60 temps. Or not. Definitely not. Have a great weekend, Shannon!

  3. I so love this recipe Tanya! Sounds easy to make and would be delicious for lunch or dinner. I’ve never seen the small round pasta like that before. Nice idea.

    My husband and his buddies use to frequent Olive Garden for their soup, salad and bread sticks too. He loved it and still talks about it once in a while. We only have one Olive Garden in our city and it is about 45 minutes away so we haven’t ventured over there in the past 4 years or so.

    PS – Have you ever cooked with Quinoa? I am planning on trying it soon.

    Have a great weekend!!

    • Thanks, Sicorra! It is really easy to make and it’s a great dinner or lunch option. It was called salad macaroni pasta at my grocery store and I thought it fit the bill perfectly. Honestly, their soup, salad and breadsticks are pretty delicious! I see lots of copycat recipes for their breadsticks which I need to try. I’ve been putting it off because I’m afraid they will be very addictive and dangerous to know how to make. I have not cooked with quinoa, although I have a few recipes bookmarked that I really want to try. Let me know how it goes. Have a great weekend!

  4. Mmm…. this looks delicious, but might not be for me. Afraid I’m not keen on sausages (don’t like the fact that you never know what’s in them!) and I also can’t stand garlic (which is like a disability these days, because it seems to be in everything – I just have a really strong aversion to the smell and taste of it). Love all the other ingredients, though, especially spinach 🙂

    • You could definitely replace the sausage with ground beef or turkey since you’re not a fan of sausage. I love garlic, so it would be tough for me to do without it! On the flip side, you’re probably don’t miss the taste of garlic in recipes since it’s not a flavor you enjoy, although it must be hard when you’re not doing the cooking. It is in a lot of recipes. 🙂

  5. I love Olive Garden! I can fill up on salad and breadsticks alone :).

    This recipe looks delicious Tanya…it would sure hit the spot over here with this cold weather we’ve been having.

    I’m not a spinach fan, can I leave it out or substitute something else for it?

    Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a great new week!

    • Me too, Corina. Those breadsticks are just too yummy! It has been cold, although I was just running an errand it is warm outside today! You can just leave out the spinach or replace with kale or swiss chard. You have a great week too!

  6. HI Tanya,

    The soup sounds delish. I am a lover of Olive Garden but am steering clear of it for a while because carbs like to fool me by making me think they are my friend.

    Your recipe sounds great and I might try it out this month or take it in to work for the staff there to try out.

    Irish (Lisa)

    • I hear you about carbs. I love them … a little too much! I hope you try out the soup. I thought it turned out great and reheated beautifully!

    • Awesome! He will love it. It’s so good and yummy. I need to make another big pot of it soon. I love having it for a quickly lunch. 🙂

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