Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

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Stove Top Recipe – Slow Cooker Recipe

Zuppa Toscana Soup is a traditional Italian Tuscan soup that originated in Tuscany.  Both of my daughters love to go to the Olive Garden Restaurant to enjoy the all you can eat soup, salad, and bread menu item.  Their favorite soups to order are this Zuppa Toscana and the Pasta e Fagioli Soup.  The Zuppa Toscana is a sausage, bacon, and potato soup with greens.  It is very tasty and comforting on a chilly day.

My daughter slightly adapted the below recipe from several copy cat versions of the Olive Garden’s famous Zuppa Toscana Soup and made the soup to her taste.  This is a very simple and easy-to-make version that is also delicious.  Her whole family enjoyed this soup as it is very simple and satisfying.  They proclaimed that this recipe very closely matches what the Olive Garden restaurant serves.

 

 

Zuppa Toscana Soup

 

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe:

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: Stove Top: 40 to 60 minutes - Slow Cooker: 8 hours on low

Yield: serves many

Ingredients:

1 1/2 to 2 pounds mild Italian sausage*
4 to 5 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 large Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into coin-size chunks
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large 1 inch chunks (optional)
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth or stock**
2 to 3 cups water
3 cups chopped kale leaves (stem removed and torn into small pieces)***
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste

* I purchased ground Italian sausage and broke it up like hamburger when browning.

** Learn how easy it is to make homemade Chicken Stock - Basic Chicken Stock.

*** Can substitute Swiss Chard.

 

Instructions:

Preparation - Stove Top Method:

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the Italian sausage and saute until brown.  

When the sausage is almost done browning, add the bacon and continuing sauteing until the sausage is completely browned and the bacon is partially cooked; drain off the fat and discard.  Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.

Add the potatoes, carrots, chicken broth/stock, and enough water to completely cover the ingredients.  Stir well and let cook just until the soup comes to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer approximately 40 to 60 minutes.

When the soup is ready to serve and the potatoes have softened, stir in the kale and heavy cream; continue cooking until the kale has softened.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve soup in individual soup bowls.  Enjoy!

Serves many.

 

Preparation - Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Method:

Zuppa Toscana Slow CookerPreheat the Slow Cooker (Crock Pot).

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the Italian sausage and saute until brown.  When the sausage is almost done browning, add the bacon and continuing sauteing until the sausage is completely browned and the bacon is partially cooked; drain off the fat and discard.  Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.

Transfer the sausage mixture to the preheated Slow Cooker.  Add the potatoes, carrots, chicken broth/stock, and enough water to completely cover the ingredients.  Stir well and cover with a lid.

Cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours.

When the soup is ready to serve and the potatoes are softened, stir in the kale and heavy cream; continue cooking until the kale has softened.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve soup in individual soup bowls.  Enjoy!

Serves many.

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Zuppa Toscana Soup

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