~* Recipe of the Week *~

15 Feb
It’s winter, which means it’s the perfect time to make all of those homemade soups and stews to warm our bellies and our hearts!!  I hope you try and enjoy some of my homemade favorites!! 
Homemade Zuppa Toscana:


2 3/4 cups (650ml) chicken stock or broth

1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream

1 medium russet potato

2 cups (475 ml) chopped kale

1/2 lb ground spicy Italian sausage

1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt

1/4 tsp (1 ml) crushed red pepper flakes


~Combine the stock and cream in a saucepan over medium heat.

~Slice the unpeeled potato into 1/4-inch slices, then quarter the slices and add them to the soup

~Add the kale

~Saute the sausage in a frying pan until browned. Drain thoroughly on a plate with paper towels.

~Add the sausage to the soup.

~Add the spices and let the soup simmer for about 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

** When I make it, I cook everything in a large crock pot on high until the potatoes get soft. Then I add the kale and cook it until it is softer as well. Make sure you check on the soup and stir it occasionally — sometimes the cream and chicken broth get separated if the soup sits idle too long while cooking.

Goes great with homemade bread or garlic bread! Add a bit of grated parmesean cheese on top of the soup when serving for extra flavor. I double the recipe and then save some in containers in the freezer.

~* Enjoy!!!! *~

Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Recipe of the Week



7 responses to “~* Recipe of the Week *~

  1. Jen

    February 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    This sounds delicious, I'm going to make it tomorrow….thanks for sharing.

  2. Vanessa

    February 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Jen! I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Heather

    February 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    My hubby loves this at Olive Garden! Think I'll surprise him with it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Vanessa

    February 17, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    You're welcome Heather! Yes, even though I make it a home, I can never resist getting it at Olive Garden as well! Enjoy!

  5. Kelly

    February 18, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Delicious! So..when am I invited over for dinner?

  6. Vanessa

    February 19, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Anytime, Kelly! Haha! Feel free to check back ever Monday for a new recipe!

  7. This Mama Works It!

    February 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Zuppa toscana is my favorite soup!! I loved it at the olive garden. I am sure this one is way better.


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