Zuppa Toscana, a classic Italian soup, hails from Tuscany. Known for its hearty and comforting flavors, this soup is a staple in Italian cuisine. It combines the richness of sausage, the earthiness of kale, and the creaminess of potatoes to create a dish that's perfect for any season.

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Here's what you'll need to recreate this delicious soup at home:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (mild or spicy, according to your preference)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 large russet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)


  • Ground turkey or chicken can replace the sausage with a lighter option.
  • Spinach can be used instead of kale if preferred.
  • Half-and-half can substitute for heavy cream to reduce calories.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare the Vegetables and Sausage

Begin by washing and slicing your potatoes thinly. Chop the onion finely and mince the garlic.

2. Cook the Sausage and Onions

In a large pot, cook the sausage over medium heat until it's browned and cooked through. Remove the sausage and set it aside, leaving the drippings in the pot.

Add the chopped onions to the pot and cook until they are translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute, ensuring the garlic doesn't burn.

3. Add the Broth and Potatoes

Pour the chicken broth into the pot with the onions and garlic. Add the sliced potatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.

4. Simmer the Soup

Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer until the potatoes are tender about 15-20 minutes.

5. Stir in the Kale and Heavy Cream

Once the potatoes are tender, add the chopped kale to the pot. Stir in the heavy cream and return the cooked sausage to the pot. Allow the soup to simmer for another 5 minutes until the kale is wilted and the flavors are well combined.

6. Season to Taste

Taste your soup and add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.

Serving Suggestions

To enjoy Zuppa Toscana at its best, serve it hot with a side of crusty bread or garlic bread. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top adds an extra layer of flavor.

Healthier Alternatives

While Zuppa Toscana is already a nutrient-rich dish, here are some tips to make it even healthier without losing its deliciousness:

  • Substitute sausage with ground turkey or chicken for a leaner protein.
  • Use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream to cut down on fat and calories.
  • Incorporate more vegetables like carrots or zucchini to boost the nutritional value.


There's nothing quite like a homemade bowl of Zuppa Toscana to bring warmth and comfort to your table. We encourage you to try making this delightful soup at home. It's a fantastic way to explore Italian cuisine and share a hearty meal with loved ones. Enjoy the process, and buy an appetito!

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