Creamy Zuppa Toscana

Jalisco, Mexico

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What is Zuppa Toscana? Zuppa means soup and Toscana means Tuscan. Tuscan Soup! A creamy Italian soup with sausage, bacon, potatoes, onion, garlic and traditionally kale but I have used spinach. It’s a bowlful of pleasure for the taste buds! Creamy, fatty, garlicky perfection for cold, damp days to warm the soul. So dig out that big stock pot and we’ll get to it.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz bacon chopped
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (Sweet, Hot, Mild) to your taste
  • 1 medium head garlic 10 large cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • Peeled and chopped into 1/4″ thick pieces
  • 1 kale bundle leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)

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Instructions:

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, over medium high heat
  • Add chopped bacon and sauté until browned
  • Remove to a paper towel lined plate
  • Spoon out excess oil, leaving about 1 tbsp oil in the pot
  • Add Italian sausage, breaking it up with your spatula
  • Sauté until cooked
  • Remove to paper towel lined plate
  • Finely dice onion and add to the pot
  • Sauté onions till golden and then add garlic for 1 min
  • Add 4 cups broth and 6 cups water, and bring to boil
  • Add sliced potatoes and cook until fork tender
  • When potatoes nearly done, add chopped kale and cooked sausage
  • Bring everything to a light boil
  • Stir in 1 cup cream and bring to boil
  • Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then remove from heat

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Garnish with bacon and grated parmesan, served with your favorite crusty bread and this makes an awesome dining experience!

Enjoy!ZT10

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