Spicy Italian Christmas Chowder

Spicy Italian Christmas Chowder

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes


Spicy Italian Christmas Chowder

Italian sausage and seasoned canned tomatoes lend the Italian taste to this rich and colorful chowder.

This recipe courtesy of Pioneer Brand, C.H.Guenther & Son, Inc.


To retain bright “Christmas green” color, heat spinach just until hot. Continued cooking turns the spinach dark green.


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced Italian-style tomatoes with herbs, undrained
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 package Pioneer Country Gravy Mix (2.75 ounces)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained


  • 1 In large saucepan, cook and stir sausage, onion, celery and garlic over medium heat until onion is tender and sausage is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain, if desired.
  • 2 Stir in water, potatoes, tomatoes and bouillon; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Return to boiling.
  • 3 In 4-cup glass measure, dissolve Pioneer Country Gravy Mix in milk; stir into boiling mixture. Cook and stir until thickened.
  • 4 Stir in cheese and spinach; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and spinach is heated through.
  • 5 Makes 6 to 8 servings. Serve with Basil Biscuits.


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