Vegetarian Zuppa Toscana


This is my vegetarian version of zuppa toscana. I used to enjoy this soup at a popular Italian restaurant, but since I've become a vegetarian, I've missed eating it. Use almond or soy milk instead of half-and-half to make it vegan.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup minced onion

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container vegetable broth

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, thinly sliced

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • 12 ounces vegan sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pint half-and-half


  1. Heat oil in a 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a knife, 10 to 12 minutes. Add kale, sausage, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cover, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until 1/2 of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes.

  3. Stir in half-and-half; cover and simmer until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


You can substitute 2 tablespoons dehydrated onion for the fresh onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

440 Calories
24g Fat
43g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 440
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 908mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 115mg 574%
Calcium 279mg 21%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1108mg 24%

* 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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