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Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup)

June 22nd, 2013 in Hot Soups, Soups by
Total cooking time: 1h
Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe

Zuppa toscana (or italian sausage soup with skin on potatoes, bacon and kale) is one of the reasons I usually go to Olive Garden for. Now with this recipe I don’t have to anymore (but I still can :), they also have neat tiramisu).

This soup has very distinctive italian taste because of spices in sausage. By the way either mild italian chicken meat mix with spices or sausages themselves will work for this recipe. I think meat mix is a bit easier to handle.

Using canned broth for this recipe is easier and saves time, but isn’t absolutely necessary, you can cook the broth yourself.

Serve this soup hot, that way it will provide nice warm feeling especially on cold weather. If you need to reheat the soup leftovers, don’t overheat it, just bring to light simmer and serve.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: I usually make bacon crumbles myself, but ready to use will work as well:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 1
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 1
  2. Warm up frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil over high heat; if you use sausages then slice them in pieces and fry; if you use sausage mix like me follow next steps:
    Flatten meat mix into thin layer
    Flatten meat mix into thin layer
    Using spatula separate it in stripes
    Using spatula separate it in stripes
    Then cut them in smaller pieces
    Then cut them in smaller pieces


  3. Fry sausage pieces until colored from each side:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 3
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 3
  4. Then move sausage pieces to a cooking pot:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 4
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 4
  5. Peel and chop onion; reduce heat under pan and add a bit more oil to it; add chopped onions and fry them until transparent, stir from time to time:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 5
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 5
  6. While onions are being cooked, pour all chicken broth to the cooking pot there sausages are:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 6
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 6
  7. Add all water too, set pot aside:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 7
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 7
  8. Peel and chop garlic cloves, add them to the pan where onions are, fry them together for a minute, stir:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 8
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 8
  9. Wash russet potatoes thoroughly, leave skin on, slice each in half lengthwise, and then each half into pieces about ¼ of inch thick; add potato slices to the pan to onions and garlics:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 9
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 9
  10. Add bacon, mix everything good, and fry potatoes until almost cooked, stir pot content from time to time:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 10
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 10
  11. While potatoes are cooking, put the pot with sausages and broth to a burner and bring it to light simmer; then pour pan content of potato, bacon and onion mix to the cooking pot:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 11
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 11
  12. Salt to taste:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 12
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 12
  13. And season with ground black pepper, simmer everything for 5 mins:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 13
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 13
  14. Slice kale leaves into stripes and add them to the pot:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 14
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 14
  15. Pour heavy cream in:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 15
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 15
  16. Mix everything and cook for 5 mins more:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 16
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 16
  17. Then turn off the heat and serve hot:
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 17
    Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup) Recipe: Step 17
Enjoy!

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