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Zuppa Toscana

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My version of my favorite soup at a certain chain Italian restaurant. Except, I think mine is better. :)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Spicy Sausage (See Note)
  • 1 pound Bacon
  • 2 cups Diced Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 6 Tablespoons Chicken Base
  • 3 quarts Water
  • 5 cups Russet Potatoes (or 6 Medium Potatoes), Unpeeled And Thinly Sliced
  • 5 cups Kale Leaves, Cut In Half, Then Sliced (Ribs Removed)
  • 1-⅓ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Preparation

Note: if you REALLY want to steam things up, go with Hormel Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sausage Links. For a slightly milder soup, go with Jimmy Dean Hot Breakfast Sausage.

Brown, drain, and dice sausage.

Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Remove bacon and crumble. (At this point, I usually drain off most of the bacon grease so I don’t have a heart attack at 30). Add garlic to the onions and cook for an additional minute. Add chicken base, water, and potatoes; simmer for 15 minutes. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream. Simmer for 4 minutes and serve.

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.

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tessks on 5.28.2010

This has long been one of my favorite soups. The only thing I add is a palmful of red pepper flakes to kick it up just a bit more. So glad you posted it so I don’t need to! =)

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misstish on 3.6.2010

I got a similar recipe from another site and I love it! I agree – using spicy breakfast sausage is the best! I use chopped frozen spinach instead of kale. I made this for a “Souper Bowl” party and won the best soup trophy!

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kroseman on 1.22.2010

I love this soup. I made it for my wife and sons. For them the spicier the better. Thanks

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tarra on 11.9.2009

Yum! This took me a while to make, but it made a LOT of soup, so it was worth the effort. I’m looking forward to enjoying it all week!

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juiceashcallienme on 12.1.2010

Love this soup! Great for this cold weather! I’m making it again tonight. :)

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ferociousfluffy on 7.21.2010

This is delicious. A good soup for cold weather.

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