Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Toscana Soup

This is my tweak on Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup.

A delicious blend of red potatoes, crumbled sausage, and an absolute favorite of mine - kale.

It's warm.
It's filling.
It's delicious.
And, it's easy to make...right in your own kitchen.

Start with some sausage.  You can use plain pork sausage, mild sausage, or spicy Italian sausage.
Dice up some red taters...make sure to leave the skin on.
Use your home made chicken broth or store bought.
Using kale from the garden (during the summer) adds such freshness to this soup.
A splash of cream at the end takes it up a notch on the delicious scale!

Toscana Soup (LL Farm's version)

1 to 2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 pound ground sausage - plain, mild, or spicy 
8 medium sized red potatoes with skin left on, diced
8 cups chicken broth
kale (as little or as much as you like) - rinsed and torn off stem
splash of cream

In a pan cook the diced onion in some olive oil until tender (a few minutes).
Add the sausage to the onion and continue cooking until meat is no longer pink.
In a pot, cook the diced, skin on red potatoes in boiling water until fork tender, then drain.
Add about 8 cups of chicken broth to drained potatoes and simmer on low.
Add cooked sausage mixture.
When everything is heated through, add the kale.  It wilts and cooks quickly.
Add a splash of cream.

In Italian, zuppa means soup or chowder.  Toscana is the Italian name of Tuscany.


  1. It looks yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. xoox Su

    1. Even in your warm climate, I think this would be good...I enjoy it all year round.

  2. Except for the potatoes, I will be using this recipe very soon. I cannot help it, I hate cooked potatoes. I know this is tiresome for my husband who loves potatoes so we compromise by cooking the potatoes on the side and adding them to his portion of whatever soup or stew we're having for dinner. This recipe will also make a wonderful dish for our Saturday church potluck, thank-you.

    1. That is sweet that you do the potatoes for him separate. Because the potatoes are cooked separate, it should be easy to do for this recipe. After cooked, this will hold up nicely in a crock pot for your church potluck. Enjoy!

  3. sounds so good and warm on a day like today. I will have to wait though as I don't have all the ingredients.

    1. Kale is readily available at the grocery store, but I don't always have it on hand either.

  4. Dear Lori Leigh ... oh my, looks delicious. I hope to try this very soon. Thank you for sharing! Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

  5. Ooh I love a good soup - this looks fantastic!!

  6. I always love a yummy soup, and this certainly fits the bill! I do so love kale, and adding it to a soup is really awesome. Thanks for sharing the Italian meaning behind the name of the soup, I found that interesting! Have a wonderful day :)


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