Who craves a steaming bowl of soup on the first cool days of Fall? Me, me, me. This Zuppa Toscana really warms your body and soul. Potatoes, sausage, cream and baby kale – what’s not to love? And, it’s so easy to make. Eat it by itself or serve with some crusty bread, fruit or cheese and crackers. A nice side salad would also pair well with this warm bowl of comfort.
With only a cup of heavy cream, I consider this a healthy soup. Very filling and nourishing!
Zuppa Toscana (Soup in the Style of Tuscany) – by Kim Cook
Makes 8 to 10 large servings
1 lb mild Italian sausage ( you can use about 1.5 pounds if you want to)
1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced or use a garlic press
1 Tablespoon of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour or flour of your choice
6 Russet potatoes, washed, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into ¼” slices
6 cups baby kale, washed and hand torn ( more or less depending on your taste
1 32 oz carton Pacific Organic chicken broth
1 32 oz carton Pacific Organic beef broth
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
S & P to taste
Seasoned Salt to taste – optional
Red Pepper flakes to taste
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, drizzle a small amount of olive oil in bottom of pot and brown sausage over medium heat. When the sausage is still slightly pink, add onion and garlic. Continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink and onion is translucent.
Add the flour and stir to combine. Pour both cartons of broth into the mixture and reduce heat. Chop the potatoes and add them to the broth. Increase the heat back to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes (until potatoes are fork tender).
Reduce heat to low and add the heavy cream, kale and seasoned salt (if using). Let heat through for about 5 minutes. Add black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. After adding the black pepper and red pepper flakes, taste the broth to see if it needs salt. Add if necessary.
Remove from heat and ladle into large soup bowls.
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