Quick Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana


If you love the Zuppa Toscana at your local chain Italian restaurant, you will adore this soup. The rich soup is made with Italian sausage, potatoes, cream, and crushed red pepper. It is truly satisfying and irresistible. Tuck into this on a cold day and you are sure to be warmed all the way down to your toes.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 8 ¾ cups chicken broth

  • 6 potatoes, thinly sliced

  • 6 cups chopped fresh kale

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Cook and stir Italian sausage and red pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until sausage is browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer sausage mixture to a bowl.

  2. Stir bacon into the same Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain fat, leaving a few tablespoons of drippings in the Dutch oven.

  3. Stir onion and garlic into bacon; cook and stir until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour chicken broth into bacon mixture; bring to a boil. Stir potatoes and kale into broth; cook until potatoes are tender and soup is flavorful, about 15 minutes.

  4. Stir sausage and heavy whipping cream into soup, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soup is heated through, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

560 Calories
32g Fat
51g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 560
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 826mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 125mg 627%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1473mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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