There's nothing like a hearty serving of soup, salad, and breadsticks from your favorite Italian-American restaurant chain. A favorite is the Zuppa Toscana, which just means "Tuscan Soup" while this soup isn't actually Tuscan, it is certainly delicious. It's loaded with hearty potatoes, sausage, and bacon. It even has kale, so you can feel a little healthy while eating it too. A true meal in a bowl, it will satisfy even the hungriest eaters.
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 8 slices bacon (diced)
- 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 large russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 bunch kale (chopped)
- For Serving
- Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated)
Gather your ingredients.
Break up the sausage into a large, heavy-bottomed pot, like a dutch oven. Heat over high, and cook until browned all over and cooked through, stirring occasionally to break up the sausage further if you wish, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage from the pot and set aside, leaving the fat drippings in the pot. Add the diced bacon to the pot and cook over high, stirring frequently, until the bacon is crisped and browned.
Remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat behind. If there is excess grease (use your best judgment), pour off some from the pan.
Add the onions, salt, and pepper to the bacon grease in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for two minutes or until the onions are just slightly softened. They will continue to cook in the broth.
Add the flour and cook, stirring to coat the onions, for about one minute.
Add the chicken stock and stir to incorporate the broth into the onions and flour. Cook over medium heat until just warmed through.
Return the sausage and bacon to the pot along with the potatoes. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are softened.
Remove the soup from the heat, then stir in the cream and kale. The hot broth will wilt the kale without overcooking it and make it lose its color. Do not overcook. Taste, and add more salt and pepper to your liking.
Serve the soup immediately with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over top (Just like at Olive Garden.) and enjoy.
Make Ahead and Freeze
If you are looking to make this soup ahead and freeze for later, do so before adding the cream and kale. Cream does not always reheat well after freezing.
You can portion it into plastic bags and freeze for up to 3 months. It can also be kept in the refrigerator for three days.