Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

A family favorite meal in our home is Zuppa Toscana. We love to make this anytime of year, but most especially when there is a little chill outside. Our family doesn't eat pork, so we can't have this when we go to Olive Garden. My daughter, who is 9, has called this "her favorite soup" for years. As matter of fact, that is how we refer to it in our home! When we sip on this soup it makes me want to sing 'Feels like home to me-- this feels like home to me!'

We lived in Florida for 6+ years. I hosted many events there. One thing in particular I did was held monthly dinners in my home for a group for business. They knew, without a doubt, when they came to my place- Zuppa was gonna be cooking. I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we all do! Happy Souping!

This is paired amazingly with some of our homemade sourdough bread!

*Tip: We love to double or triple this recipe. This is a great recipe to throw in mason jars and warm up the next day!

Ingredients:

4-6 slices of beef bacon

1 pound turkey sausage

1 tbsp avocado oil

3-4 cloves minced garlic cloves

1-2 yellow onions

4 cups of chicken broth

4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into slices or 1-inch cubes

2 cups chopped kale

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a pot, add your bacon and cook for about 6-8 minutes. It will be brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to drain the grease, and leave to the side. *I like to leave a little of the bacon grease in the pot to cook the turkey in, about 2 tbsp. 

2. Add turkey sausage and cook until brown- about 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure you are crumbling the turkey as you cook it. Turkey can be a little tough to crumble, so I have also put it in my blender once it is cooked. 

3. Add onion and garlic to your turkey. You will stir it for about 2-3 minutes until the onion has become transulent. 

4. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Stir. Bring your pot to a boil. Turn stove to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

5. Stir in your kale. It will wilt pretty quickly. Let it cook about 3 minutes. 

6. Stir in heavy cream. Let it heat through. 

7. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes

9. Transfer to bowls.

10. Top each bowl with crumbled bacon.

AND ENJOY! This is a wonderful meal to do for large groups! Our family hopes you enjoy this soup as much as we do! 

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