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Better than Zuppa Toscana Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Better than Zuppa Toscana

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"After many attempts and revisions I think my version of this hearty soup is much better and lower in fat than the restaurant dish that inspired it. Enjoy! For a healthier option, use turkey sausage and low-fat sour cream."

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  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir pork sausage, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  3. Crumble bacon into a large soup pot; add sausage mixture, chicken broth, potatoes, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the potatoes are soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Stir kale, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese into the soup; cook until the kale wilts, about 5 minutes. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.
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  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 35 mins
  • READY IN 50 mins

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Oct 30, 2013

Fantastic! I used spinach instead of kale b/c the family prefers it and cubed my potatoes instead of slicing them. Great flavor, and if you cook off the sausage mixture and bacon a head of time, this is a snap to put together. This is a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Feb 27, 2014

GREAT recipe! Used recipe pretty much as it's listed. Only change I made was I used hot sausage and I used more kale than what it called for. Will definitely be making this one again and won't change a thing.

Apr 23, 2014

This is one of our favorite recipes! The prep work is well work the end result. I have used both sour cream and heavy whipping cream and have omitted the bacon at times. Any way you check a neg it up, it's fabulous!!

Apr 18, 2014

This turned out great! I had spinach on hand but still turned out great! Next time I will be sure to grab some kale. We have plans for making it again next week. Great recipe thanks for sharing!

Apr 16, 2014

We really enjoyed this soup. Did not make any changes.

Mar 04, 2014

This was a great soup. Made it as written. A couple of the other recipes for zuppa toscana called for using a dutch oven, which I don't have. This recipe was easy and both the husband and I loved it. Will make it again. Might try fresh spinach instead of kale, but the kale texture went well with the soup.

Feb 04, 2014

Wow!! This was really good! I'll definitely be making it again soon!


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  • Calories
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 24.6 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 5.7 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1563 mg
  • 63%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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