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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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
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. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 06, 2014

The soup wasn't bad, but I found it to be pretty bland. Next time I will use Italian sausage, and/or add some Italian seasoning (I just used plain pork sausage this time). I also think next time I will use heavy cream instead of sour cream. Overall,though, a good basic recipe.

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.

Aug 11, 2014

I make it using Italian sausage, half mild, half spicy, heavy cream and chicken bouillon, (5 added to 10 cups of water). No cheese needed. Mine is a favorite with my family, they like it better than Olive

Aug 06, 2014


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.


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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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