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Better than Zuppa Toscana

Jeanne Garber

"After many attempts and revisions I think my version of this hearty soup is much better and lower in fat than the restaurant dish that inspired it. Enjoy! For a healthier option, use turkey sausage and low-fat sour cream."
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50 m servings 507 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir pork sausage, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  3. Crumble bacon into a large soup pot; add sausage mixture, chicken broth, potatoes, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the potatoes are soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Stir kale, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese into the soup; cook until the kale wilts, about 5 minutes. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 507 calories; 24.6 g fat; 51.9 g carbohydrates; 21.3 g protein; 63 mg cholesterol; 1563 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I make it using Italian sausage, half mild, half spicy, heavy cream and chicken bouillon, (5 added to 10 cups of water). No cheese needed. Mine is a favorite with my family.

Most helpful critical review

I used turkey kielbasa instead of Italian sausage. Might will try it next time minus the bacon.

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I make it using Italian sausage, half mild, half spicy, heavy cream and chicken bouillon, (5 added to 10 cups of water). No cheese needed. Mine is a favorite with my family.

GREAT recipe! Used recipe pretty much as it's listed. Only change I made was I used hot sausage and I used more kale than what it called for. Will definitely be making this one again and won'...

Fantastic! I used spinach instead of kale b/c the family prefers it and cubed my potatoes instead of slicing them. Great flavor, and if you cook off the sausage mixture and bacon a head of time,...

OMG even my four year old ate this and asked for more! We wanted ours a bit thicker (just preference) so I cut the water to four cups and actually added one can of cream of mushroom soup. I did...

Great recipe! Simple and delicious! Recommend using spicy Italian sausage to add a little more flavor.

I used 4 (cut up) slices bacon, 1/2 lb. hot sausage, 1/2 lb. mild sausage, whole onion, sauteed them up in dutch oven then added 4 cloves chopped (fresh!) garlic and 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, c...

AWESOME! No need to go to Olive Garden:D

Very good version of this recipe. We had not tried it with the sour cream instead of heavy cream.....and the sour cream worked nicely. I think you could also make it with plain yogurt and get ...

This is one of our favorite recipes! The prep work is well work the end result. I have used both sour cream and heavy whipping cream and have omitted the bacon at times. Any way you check a neg ...