Cajun Gumbo Soup

This is an easy Gumbo.  You can put it together in less than 30 minutes and let it simmer for 3o minutes. It is better the next day.  The flavors have time to develop and the zucchini can thicken the gumbo.  That’s right!  The squash is a substitute for okra which is usually used in most gumbos.  It is hard to find fresh okra in the winter so the zucchini is perfect.  For me this soup ranks right up there with this and also with this.  It  has been a favorite for years while  the other two are new kids on the block.  

Pair this with cooked rice and crunchy buttered toast and you will satisfy any hunger.  

Brown 12 ounces of Italian sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces in a Dutch oven or stock pot.  Drain.  Leave all that good browned stuff in the bottom of the pan.  It will add extra flavor.   


Add a little olive oil to the pan and saute the onion.  Add about 5 -6 cups of chicken broth, 28 oz. of diced tomatoes, 2-3 chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces and the cooked sausage. 


Add 28-oz. diced tomatoes and 5-6 cups chicken broth

Add sausage, chicken, thyme, and bay leaf

 Add seasonings last.  I used a combination of ground thyme and whole thyme that equals to about a teaspoon, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Cook for about 30 minutes.  

Add 2 cups sliced zucchini

I only add zucchini that will be eaten at the time I am serving the gumbo.  It needs to be served crisp tender.  Any that is left in the gumbo will thicken it to some extent.  When heating it the next day add more zucchini and cook until the squash is crisp tender.   This is also good with okra if you choose. Shrimp can be added about 5 minutes before serving, but my favorite is to make the recipe as is.  It is very flavorful! 

Serve over cooked rice.   11/2 cups of uncooked rice cooked according to the package will be enough.  This make about 8 -10 good-sized servings.  

Cajun Gumbo Soup 

serves 8-10

  • 12 oz. Italian sausage cut into 1/2 in. pieces ( I use Hot sausage)
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 5-6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice cooked according to directions

In a 4-qt Dutch oven cook sausage over medium heat until brown.  Drain fat.  Saute onion in a little olive oil.  Add tomatoes, chicken broth, sausage, chicken, bay leaf,

thyme, garlic and pepper.  Cook for about 30 minutes.  Add zucchini and continue cooking until zucchini is crisp tender.  About 4-6 minutes.  Remove bay leaf .  Serve gumbo over rice in individual bowls.  Enjoy! 

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Filed under Chicken, Gumbo, Italian sausage, Soup, Soup from scratch, Zucchini

30 responses to “Cajun Gumbo Soup

  1. Katie Farnan

    i love looking at your blog mrs. lupo. everytime i see a new post on facebook i always look to see your amazing pictures and your new yummy creations! i am definately going to be looking at this all the time when i move out and will be cooking on my own! i will definately need the help hahaha!

  2. Gumbo is a favorite in my house but I must say I have to have okra. I have never tried it with zucchini but I might have to give it a try. Great quick easy recipe.

  3. Mike Neal

    I have never had gumbo before but I’m sure this was delicious.

  4. anna 1st block

    i love gumbo! and it looks delicious!

  5. Brittany - 1st block.

    Oh, this looks good! I’m always up for trying new soups (:

  6. alexis a

    I love gumbo! I just might try this at home.

  7. Kamryn Storey

    I really dont care for soup and never had gumbeux, but id try it.

  8. tommie 1st period

    I never had gumbo before!! It looks pretty good though!

  9. Marianna

    I guess I would try this for you Ms. Lupo I’ve never really tried gumbo but you can’t say you don’t like it if you’ve never tasted it:)

  10. Aaron Vantrees

    I like gumbo’s, more the seafood kind but any is great and yours looks delicious.

  11. Tatiana G 1st period

    wow this looks really good, especially for a special dinner

  12. chasitywilson

    this looks like it took alot of work and time but looks great.

  13. Danielle Rogers

    I love gumbo!! I might get me and my family to make this.

  14. Chelsea

    i just cannot eat italian sausage. i dont know why. if i get a meat lovers pizza i always pick off the italian sausage!

  15. Tyrone

    the gumbo you made looks good i might want ot make it 1 day

  16. Bethany Bowlin

    I love gumbo but I never knew there was a way to make it quick and still be delicious. I think I’ll try this:)

  17. shalynne

    I do not really like zucchini but othe then that i would try it.

  18. Rachel S.

    I’ve never had gumbo before, but it looks pretty good(:

  19. heather

    This look really goood but i do not like anything spicy.

  20. tania

    ive never eaten gumbo but this one looks good.

  21. Lexxi J

    This reminded me of Pappadeaux’s famous gumbo. Probably comes close to the taste.

  22. Sarah J.

    I love Cajon stuff but I’m not too sure about the onions:-/ But other than that it looks pretty good…

  23. Callie

    Gumbo is amazing and is always being cooked in my family!! I love spicy soups!!

  24. Courtney E

    gumbo is so good! 🙂

  25. vaida r.

    This looks delightful! Sure does seems like it would be good.

  26. Radiance M

    I love gumbo! But I like chicken gumbo with sausage the best! But this looks like it turned out very good! 😀

  27. amy wil

    mmm i love spicy!

  28. Naomi

    I always wanted to try gumbo.

  29. kim s

    i LOVE gumbo! i’m definately going to make this at home

  30. Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try it! Gumbo without the roux is a soup. If you add the roux into it, you get something completely different!

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