I always order the Zuppa Toscana at the popular Italian restaurant. So, I was happy to find this recipe. It tasted better than the restaurant version because I added my own personal touches. Used kale instead of spinach, cooking for 5 min. after adding it...otherwise the kale would be too tough. Added more red pepper flakes, simply because we like things spicy! Didn't have heavy cream so I used 2% milk and added a few tablespoons of butter. Because I only had turkey bacon on hand, and used it, the flavor was lacking. Don't cringe, but to get the bacon flavor, I added a tablespoon of reserved, strained bacon grease I had in the refrigerator. Like my mother and grandmother, I always save strained bacon grease for certain cooking strategies. One last thing, I didn't have "sausage" but I had ground pork...to make up for the lack of spices normally found in sausage, I needed to add spices. So a few shakes of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, sweet basil, black pepper, and salt were added. I probably could not duplicate the ingredients exactly if I tried, but it made a wonderful Zuppa! I share these ideas to encourage others to make it their own. A soup we truly enjoyed!
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I always order the Zuppa Toscana at the popular Italian restaurant. So, I was happy to find...