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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
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.

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.

Sep 05, 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.

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. :)

Mar 16, 2015

AWESOME! No need to go to Olive Garden:D

Feb 17, 2015

Great recipe! Simple and delicious! Recommend using spicy Italian sausage to add a little more flavor.

Feb 05, 2015

Very good version of this recipe. We had not tried it with the sour cream instead of heavy cream.....and the sour cream worked nicely. I think you could also make it with plain yogurt and get the same wonderful results. I had a lot of baked potatoes in the fridge, so I used those rather than raw potatoes and subbed spinach for the kale, because I had it on hand. This soup was so good and filling on a very cold, snowy, and blowing Indiana winter night. We enjoyed 'Pickle-Juice Bread-Machine Bread' from AR with this soup.

Apr 06, 2015

This soup is hearty and full of flavor. I didn't change anything. Second day was just as tasty! Served it with a basic green salad.


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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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