Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zuppa Toscana

Wonder why soup seems to be more of a fall & winter food?

Cause it sure is delicious year round.

{I know ... it's mostly cause when it's cold outside,
you need that 'clear down to your bones' warmth that soup provides.}

{Good thing we have AC to offset that during the summer months,
cause sometimes you just need a big ol' bowl of soup!}

My sweet hubs has been hungry for it ... and what he wants, he gets!
So we started off last week with a big pot of Zuppa Toscana.
Olive Garden ain't got nothin' on me ;)

This is one of our all-time faves, both at OG & at home.
It's easy, very filling, & I've adjusted the recipe just a bit to cut out some of the fat & calories.
And, I've tripled it.
I have a husband & three nearly grown sons.
We need plenty ... and some leftover for the next day.
Here are the ingredients:
  • 2-3 pounds Italian TURKEY sausage  {it's up to you how meaty you want it}
  • 8 large potatoes, sliced in half and then in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 strips of bacon, fried
  • 8 cloves garlic,  minced
  • 1/2 a bag of chopped kale {about 6 cups}
  • 4-6 quarts of chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half & half
  • salt & pepper to taste
By using Italian turkey sausage, the fat & cals go down big time.
I buy the Fit & Active brand at Aldi.


I am an eye-baller type of cook ... I add a little this & a little that.
My measurements on this soup are based on my big soup kettle.
If you need to adjust the liquids here & there, go for it.
Also for the chicken broth, if I do not have my own homemade stock on hand,
I use dry chicken base that I buy from the Amish store {you can get it at your grocery}
& just make my own that way.
It's a great seasoning & I use it in all sorts of ways {in my green beans & veggies, especially}.

In large skillet, brown the sausage & onion & drain off excess grease.
In a large kettle, combine the chicken broth, potatoes, and garlic, on medium heat until potatoes are done.  Add in the cooked sausage, bacon, salt, and pepper and let that simmer for another 10 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low.
Add the kale, cream, & half & half about 15 minutes before serving.

When making this soup as the main meal, which I usually do, I always serve something alongside ...
usually a salad & a bread.
This time, I made a crostini topped with Italian sausage,
seasonings, garden tomatoes, & mozzarella cheese.
Tomorrow, I will share the recipe for that!
Come back, alright?

A tavola non si invecchia. - Italian proverb.
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A tavola non si invecchia. - Italian proverb.
Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old. - See more at:
A tavola non si invecchia ~ Italian proverb
At the table with good friends & family, you do not become old ~ translation


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  1. Thanks so ;much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  2. That soup from OG is my favorite and I tried a copy cat recipe once that was not anything like it, so I shall try yours! :)

    1. I have a friend who made this right after I posted it ... she raved and raved about it. Said it was even better than OG! Quite the compliment. I hope you are just as successful =) Thanks for stopping by.

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