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Zuppa Toscana Soup

An easy soup with Italian Sausage, potatoes and kale. Simple, but packed with tons of flavor. Similar to the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden, except I didn't include bacon because it's great without. Feel free to add it if you want.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 427kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian Sausage we love mild. (I used bulk sausage, but if necessary, just remove the casings)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4-5 medium white potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2-3 handfuls of chopped kale adjust amount to your preferences
  • grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese for serving if desired

Instructions

  • Brown the sausage and onion in a large pot over medium heat. When the sausage is brown and the onions are translucent, add the garlic and saute for several minutes until lightly browned.
  • Add the chicken broth, potatoes and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are barely soft.
  • Add kale and half and half and barely simmer or steam for several more minutes until kale is wilted or tender. Do NOT boil, as this will cause the half and half to separate or curdle. I like my kale barely wilted, so I only do a couple of minutes. Some people like it a bit more cooked.
  • Top with cheese before serving, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1313mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g