I came up with this recipe after falling in love with a Zuppa Toscana soup at a restaurant. This soup is creamy, chunky, flavorful and everything else that makes a good soup a great meal!
Italian Sasuage Soup
1 1/2 cups spicy Italian sausage links, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3/4 cup. onions, diced
6 slices bacon
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups kale leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons chicken broth
4 cups. water
1/3 cup. heavy cream
Slice sausage links onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When done, cut in half length-wise, then cut at an angle into 1/2 inch slices.
Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost translucent and bacon is crispy. Remove bacon and crumble. Add garlic to the onions and cook an additional 1 minute. Add chicken broth, water, and potatoes, simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream. Simmer an additional 10 minutes, garnish with grated parmesan if desired. Serve with bread sticks or garlic bread.