Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa toscana translates to "soup in the style of Tuscany" and is an Italian soup made with Italian sausage, crushed red peppers, diced white onion, bacon, garlic puree, chicken bouillon, heavy cream, and potatoes.  Aside from that, you may have had it at a popular Italian chain restaurant here in the United States.  It's a fantastically hearty soup for a cool evening and is oh so simple to throw together.  This version even has the benefit of a healthy dose of kale, which my kids are super cool with... making it even better for the whole family!

If your family hasn't been introduced to kale, this is a great recipe to start with, as it really has no taste but is SUPER healthy for you.  Chop it super small and let it pass as just another seasoning.  Your "meat and potato" lovers are sure to appreciate this one! I was at my mother's house one evening when she was making this and it blew my mind... "Where in the world has THIS been all my life?" and "Oh my word, my kids are going to LOVE this!"

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup bacon (~ 4 slices)
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 2 cups small red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 - 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup bacon (about 4 strips)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (I used mild. Use spicy for more kick)
  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 large onion, chopped as finely as you'd like it
  • 2 cups small red potatoes, cut uniformly in chunks
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves, minced finely
Read the whole recipe on Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom