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Zuppa Toscana.
Like you can order at The Olive Garden, my friends.
The very soup just happens to be one of
 my TeenSonMark’s favorites.
Pardon the hideous display of dirty dishes in the
background of this picture!
It happens, you know. 
Dirty dishes.
More often than not around here!
The people living here think they need to eat,
like around the clock or something.  
Just the other day MyHandsomeHusband asked LittleTwinBoyNate
“Hey bud, do you know where Mom is?”
“I don’t know, but I sure hope she’s in there doing the dishes…
…that kitchen is a real MESS.”
Hmm. Real mess, hu? Not sure why a 4 year old is keeping tabs on my dirty dish status. Seems kind of odd to me. Wonder where he gets his “kind of odd” personality. I’m sure it couldn’t be from me.To read about a crazy twin-made mess click here.
Anyhow! Would you like to know about this Zuppa Toscana?
Oh good, I’m so glad.  Let me just tell you.
It was really, really good folks.    
My TeenSonMark loved it.
I loved it.
All (minus 1) of my children loved it.
MyHandsomeHusband loved it.
It was a hit. That, is something to be grateful for!
Hope you love it as well! 

Zuppa Toscana
Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 15 servings
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

1 pound Italian Sausage
1/2 T red pepper flakes
1 large white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 T crumbled bacon pieces (I used Hormel precooked bacon)
8 C chicken broth
2 C water
1 C half and half
2 large russet potatoes, sliced thin
3 C Kale, chopped
salt and pepper

1. In a large soup pot brown up your sausage with the red pepper flakes.


2. While the sausage is cooking, slice up your potatoes. Nice and thin, now.


3. Then quarter the slices.
4. Chop up your onions, and mince your garlic.

5. Once the sausage is cooked remove it to a plate, and pour your onions, garlic and bacon into the soup pot. Saute them, stirring frequently until the onions are transparent.

6. Add the broth and water to the soup pot.

7. Carefully pour in your potatoes. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the potatoes cook. Should only take about 10 minutes.

8. While your taters are cooking wash up your Kale. This lovely image above is Kale. I have to admit, when I read the original recipe I though. “Kale? What in the world is Kale? Is that some kind of bird without the U sound in its name?” Don’t tell anyone how exceedingly lame I am, ok? Thanks. ‘Precieate it. Kale, my friends is a thick leafy vegetable that can be found in a regular grocery store in the produce section. Easy. Much easier than finding Quail, as far as I can tail tell. 

Roughly chop up your Kale into small pieces.

9. Once your potatoes have cooked through, add the half and half,

and the Italian Sausage. Cook the soup just until it is heated through.

10. Add your Kale, remove from the heat and serve.

This Zuppa Toscana is FABULOUS served with the
I posted earlier in the week.
Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!
May your dirty dishes be few.
See you back here soon.

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  1. How long can you keep this soup hot. I have several different people coming at different times. Would you just keep it warm?

  2. I’ve made this soup at least 5 times and it is ALWAYS delicious. My friends are obsessed with it too! I doubled the potatoes (just because I had them) and it still came out perfect. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    1. Amanda,
      So happy to hear you have been enjoying this recipe. It’s one of our favorites as well.
      Thanks for letting me know!