Zuppa Toscana


Pregnancy has me craving lots of different things. The other night it was homemade apple pie and last night it was a fresh bowl of homemade Zuppa Toscana!
Here is my version of this delicious soup from my kitchen to yours!

Dry Ingredients:
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder

1 pound lean ground beef - you can also use spicy sausage but I'm not a fan so I use ground beef instead.
4 ounces bacon - chopped into small pieces

Fresh Ingredients:
4-5 large russet potatoes washed but not peeled
1 large white onion - chopped
1 large bunch Kale

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup half & half
Note: you can use just heavy whipping cream or just half & half. I like to mix both because I get just the right thickness I like.
8 cups water
2 8oz cans chicken broth

Optional ingredients/additions:
Feel free to add minced garlic if you are a garlic fan
Add more chili powder to the ground beef for extra spice!
You can also add more salt/pepper or other seasonings to your liking.
 Cooking Directions:
Heat some oil in a large soup pot (I like to use Olive Oil) and add ground beef, salt, pepper and chili powder - brown meat until it is fully cooked.
Remove beef from the soup pot and put in a separate bowl. It will be added to the soup later.
*If you choose to use sausage, you don't need the other ingredients, just add the sausage and cook thoroughly.

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In the same pot, add the onion and bacon and sauté until the onion is golden brown.
In the meantime, slice the potatoes into even slices and set aside.

Once the onion is golden and the bacon is a little crisp, add the 8 cups of water and 2 8oz cans of chicken broth to the onion/bacon.
Bring to a boil and then add all of the potatoes.
Simmer for about ten minutes until the potatoes are a little soft.
*I had to change pots because the one I started with was too small. I suggest starting with a larger pot so you don't have extra dishes to wash at the end!
Lastly, add the heavy cream and half & half and kale and the ground beef that you set aside earlier.
Mix well and allow to simmer another 5-10 minutes until the potatoes are fully cooked.
Serve and enjoy!

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Have a wonderful weekend!
♥, Denise