Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe


1 pound spicy Italian ground sausage – use mild for kid-friendly

4 tablespoons butter

½ white onion – diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

6 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

4-5 yellow potatoes – cut into 1-inch pieces

3 teaspoons salt – or to taste

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups heavy cream

4 cups chopped kale

chopped bacon or bacon bits and grated parmesan cheese for topping – optional


In a large pot saute sausage 5-6 minutes until browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a plate and set aside.

In the same pot, add butter and saute onions over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant.

Add chicken broth, water, potatoes, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes are tender. Stir in kale, and heavy cream. Add sausage. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Serve garnished with grated parmesan cheese and/or bacon if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 833 kcal, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 76 g, Saturated Fat: 38 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 246 mg, Sodium: 3849 mg, Potassium: 1084 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 8563 IU, Vitamin C: 110 mg, Calcium: 241 mg, Iron: 3 mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use mild sausage instead of spicy for a milder version of Zuppa Toscana?

Yes, you can definitely use mild Italian sausage if you prefer a less spicy flavor, especially for a kid-friendly version.

Can I substitute any other greens for kale in Zuppa Toscana?

Yes, you can use spinach or Swiss chard as alternatives to kale in this soup.

Is it necessary to use butter, or can I use a different cooking oil?

Butter adds a rich flavor, but you can substitute it with olive oil or another cooking oil if you prefer.

Can I make Zuppa Toscana ahead of time and reheat it later?

Yes, this soup reheats well.

Store it in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

How long should I boil the potatoes to ensure they’re tender?

Boil the potatoes for approximately 15-20 minutes or until they are easily pierced with a fork.

Can I use sweet potatoes instead of yellow potatoes?

While it will alter the flavor slightly, you can use sweet potatoes if you prefer.

Is there a substitute for heavy cream for a lighter version of the soup?

You can use half-and-half or whole milk as a lighter alternative to heavy cream.

What type of bacon is best for topping Zuppa Toscana?

You can use regular bacon or turkey bacon for topping.

Crumbled bacon bits work well too.

Can I freeze Zuppa Toscana?

It’s best to freeze the soup without the cream.

Add the cream when reheating after thawing.

What other optional toppings can I add for extra flavor?

Besides bacon and Parmesan cheese, you can add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of olive oil for extra flavor.

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