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Zuppa Toscana Soup
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Zuppa Toscana Soup

Zuppa Toscana Soup is a warm bowl of comfort filled with tender potatoes, bacon, spicy sausage, fresh kale, and a delicious creamy broth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soups/Chilis
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Comfort in a bowl, Tuscan Soup, Zuppa Toscano
Servings: 8
Calories: 505kcal


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 48 ounces chicken stock or broth
  • 6 potatoes sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups kale


  • Cut bacon into bite sized pieces and fry over medium heat in large soup pot until cooked. Removed to paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Add sausage to pot and cook and break up until crumbled. Add in onion and cook until almost done. (about 10 minutes). Add in garlic and finish cooking (about 1 to 2 minutes). Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Add meat back into pot. Add in chicken stock, potatoes, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cover and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • About 30 minutes before serving add in cream and kale to cook.


I like to cook my soup for a few hours for the flavors to really develop, but it is not necessary for doneness. Adjust chicken stock according to how thick you like your soup. I start with 48 and add depending on how long I cook the soup. You can also add water to control salt.
If you like a thicker consistency you can add a cornstarch slurry to the soup at the same time you add in the kale. You can do this by adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to ¼ cup of water, then pour into soup mixture and stir.


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 1165mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3811IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg