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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

508 calories; protein 21.3g; carbohydrates 51.9g; fat 24.6g; cholesterol 63.4mg; sodium 1563.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (47)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2014
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2019
Looks like all the Zuppa recipes I've seen Read More
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2013
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, this is a snap to put together. This is a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2014
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't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2015
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 not have any sausage so we used chicken...I understand what the other reviewers said about flavor- ours was really good but I will go with sausage next time for that extra kick. This is definitely going in the rotation :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2015
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 the same wonderful results. I had a lot of baked potatoes in the fridge, so I used those rather than raw potatoes and subbed spinach for the kale, because I had it on hand. This soup was so good and filling on a very cold, snowy, and blowing Indiana winter night. We enjoyed 'Pickle-Juice Bread-Machine Bread' from AR with this soup. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2015
Great recipe! Simple and delicious! Recommend using spicy Italian sausage to add a little more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2015
AWESOME! No need to go to Olive Garden:D Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2014
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 it up it's fabulous!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2018
Loved this. Used with kielbasa and spinach. The boys love this. Its a keeper!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2019
Looks like all the Zuppa recipes I've seen Read More
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