Recipe for Zuppa Toscana Soup
Zuppa Toscana soup is a classic Italian soup that translates to Tuscan soup. It’s a hearty and savory soup that is easy to make and perfect for chilly nights.
1 pound of mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups of kale, chopped
1 cup of heavy cream
Salt and black pepper to taste
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.
Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, water, and potatoes to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
Add the chopped kale to the soup and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes until the kale is wilted and tender.
Stir in the heavy cream and let the soup simmer for another 5 minutes.
Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve the Zuppa Toscana soup hot with crusty bread or garlic bread.
Unique and Delicious Variations:
Zuppa Toscana Stuffed Peppers: Cut off the tops of 4 bell peppers and remove the seeds. Stuff each pepper with the cooked Zuppa Toscana soup and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Zuppa Toscana Lasagna: Layer cooked lasagna noodles with the Zuppa Toscana soup, ricotta cheese, and grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Spicy Zuppa Toscana Soup: Use spicy Italian sausage instead of mild, and add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the soup for extra heat.
Zuppa Toscana Stuffed Chicken Breasts: Pound 4 chicken breasts to an even thickness. Stuff each chicken breast with the cooked Zuppa Toscana soup and secure with toothpicks. Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Zuppa Toscana soup is a delicious and versatile dish that can be customized to suit any taste preference. With these unique and delicious variations, you can take this classic recipe to new heights and impress even the most discerning foodies. So, grab your apron and get cooking!