This week in Wisconsin we’ve had our temperatures back and forth between single digits with negative windchill, to high 30s and everything melting and then freezing over night.Add a 1 and a half year old French Bulldog who likes to pull me around on a leash, and I haven’t been able to go outside without slipping on ice patches or my face hurting from our air. Thats Wisconsin living for yah.
Weather like this always makes me crave a warm bowl of a very filling soup. One of my favorite winter soups has been Zuppa Toscana, a potato, kale, and sausage soup. It great too because kale has been in season and readily available. I love how creamy this soup is. Add a nice crusty baguette on the side and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal. I always like my soup to have a little bit of spice to it as well, so I usually opt to use a “hot” Italian sausage instead of a “mild”, but you can always switch that for your personal preference.
Zuppa Toscana Soup
Yield: 6 servings Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 45 minutes
- 1lb hot or mild Italian Sausage
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 32 oz chicken stock
- 2 cups water
- 4 decent sized russet potatoes, sliced into 1/6 inch slices.
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup chopped kale
- Heat a large non-stick sauce pan or pot over medium heat and add sausage. Crumble while stirring until it’s cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
- Add diced bacon to sauce pan and cook for about 6 minutes. Then add in chopped onion and cook for another 5 minutes until bacon is cooked through and onion is translucent.
- Add chicken stock, water, potatoes, sugar, fennel, salt, and pepper. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat. Stir in crumbled sausage. Cover your pot and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until your potatoes are cooked through.
- Add kale and simmer for another 5 minutes, Stir in half and half and warm through. Serve warm topped with grated cheese of your choice and some Italian bread.