Fiery Grandma's Version of Zuppa Toscana


My husband and I love treating ourselves to Olive Garden once in awhile. However, the restaurant is 45 minutes north in another town so it's not convenient to just pop in for our favorite meal. Instead I went poking around the internet and found a recipe that has become our favorite “warm you up” kinda meal. This recipe is the Fiery Grandma's version of Zuppa Toscana.

Enjoy and alter to your taste just like I have in this recipe.


Fiery Grandma's Zuppa Toscana (Sausage Soup)

(1) one pound of spicy Italian sausage (I prefer the bulk sausage)

(1) one medium onion

(4) four cloves of fresh garlic

(4) medium russet potatoes

(4) slices of cooked, crispy bacon chopped (or substitute one jar of real bacon bits)

(1) one 32 ounce box of organic chicken stock (I prefer Swanson's)

(1) one cup of heavy cream

(1) one small bunch of fresh kale

(1) one quart fresh water


Cook sausage until completely done; drain on multiple layers of paper towel to absorb most of the fat, set aside. Next in same pan with some of the residual sausage fat brown chopped onion and minced garlic, not too long…add cooked sausage back into pot and add chicken stock, water and sliced potatoes (we like ours halved and sliced). Cook over medium heat until potatoes are done. Next add bacon bits, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Turn stove to low heat and add cream while stirring; next add cleaned, chopped kale. Now heat through for at least 20 – 30 minutes. Side note: if you prefer a spicier soup, add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes…beware the longer the soup cooks and or sits the spicier it will become. I highly recommend sticking to the recipe the first time to see if you need to add more spice to your next pot of delicious Fiery Grandma's version of Zuppa Toscana soup.

It was awesome Cruisin' Disney Dream with all of you in 2015. Had a blast, made some new friends and experienced lots of new things…until we meet again my friends … Bon Appetite!





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