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Copycat Zuppa Toscana

This soup has a lot of my favorite flavors and ingredients: italian sausage, BACON, kale, red pepper flakes, and potatoes. This soup is the perfect soup to eat all year round.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 5 slices thick bacon - chopped
  • 1 lb iltalian sausage - casings removed
  • 1 sweet onion - chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - see note 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon accent seasoning
  • 3 russet potatoes - washed, peeled and chopped into 1/2"-1" pieces
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tsp water to make a paste
  • 3 cups packed kale - veins removed and chopped into thin strips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • In the bottom of your soup pan add the bacon. Cook until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. To the bacon grease add the sausage, onion, and red pepper flakes. Brown the sausage by cooking over medium heat breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon as you go.
  • Cook until the sausage is brown and no longer pink, the onions should be translucent as well. If there’s excess grease in the pan, drain and discard before proceeding.
  • Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and accent seasoning. Cook for 1 minute more. 
  • Add the potatoes, chicken broth, water, and chicken bouillon to the pot. 
  • Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are almost fork tender. Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  • Add the chopped bacon, kale, and heavy cream. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until kale has wilted slightly. Serve warm!

Notes

  1. If you're watching your salt intake, omit the salt in this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 295.74kcal (15%), Carbohydrates: 22.02g (7%), Protein: 7.4g (15%), Fat: 20.66g (32%), Saturated Fat: 9.94g (50%), Cholesterol: 55.61mg (19%), Sodium: 975.32mg (41%), Potassium: 713.54mg (20%), Fiber: 1.49g (6%), Sugar: 2.62g (3%), Vitamin A: 2992.7IU (60%), Vitamin C: 49.44mg (60%), Calcium: 89.49mg (9%), Iron: 1.61mg (9%)