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A bowl of Copycat Zuppa Toscana with a spoon in the bowl.

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.
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 295.74kcal



  • 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


  • 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!


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


Calories: 295.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.02g | Protein: 7.4g | Fat: 20.66g | Saturated Fat: 9.94g | Cholesterol: 55.61mg | Sodium: 975.32mg | Potassium: 713.54mg | Fiber: 1.49g | Sugar: 2.62g | Vitamin A: 2992.7IU | Vitamin C: 49.44mg | Calcium: 89.49mg | Iron: 1.61mg