Monday, January 25, 2010

Zuppa Toscana

We made a big pot of our favorite soup, Zuppa Toscana over the weekend. It was perfect meal for a weekend filled with Winter Storm Warnings:-) I have posted this recipe before on my other blog, but I am going to work at getting all the recipes off of there slowly posted here. 

I'm not sure how you can go wrong with flavors like this together. Keep in mind, this makes a full, HUGE pot of soup. I don't recommend halfing it though, you will want the leftovers--plus it just gets better as it sits in the fridge and the flavors have a chance to meld.

Zuppa Toscana

1 lb Italian Sausage
1 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. fennel
6 medium russet potatoes, thinly slices (scrub & leave skins on)
1 large onion, diced
5 slices bacon
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
4 cups kale leaves, cut in half, then sliced (stem removed)
10 cups chicken broth
11/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Cook the Italian sausage, red pepper, and fennel in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat browned.  Set aside.

Cook the bacon in the same Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain, then crumble.  Leave 1-2 Tbsps. of drippings in the bottom of the Dutch oven and drain off the extra. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Pour the chicken broth into the Dutch oven with the onion mixture; bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream, cooked sausage, bacon, and kale; heat through. 

I HIGHLY recommend that you serve this soup with Crusty French Bread, warm from the oven. It is so good to sop up this soup with.


  1. My friend makes this and it is DEE-licious! Looks just like yours. Perfect for a cold winter evening. :)

  2. Sounds Great! Do you think I could freeze the left-overs?



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