This recipe for Creamy Tuscan Soup is made with kale, Italian sausage, potatoes, heavy cream, and cheese.
This warm and cozy Tuscan Soup is loaded with sausage, kale, and potatoes, in a creamy broth. Top it with grated Parmesan cheese and crispy bacon for the best bowl of soup ever.
Everyone has their variation of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, and this is our family’s take. We love it so much it’s one of our go-to dinners whenever we’re craving a hearty bowl of soup.
It’s a meal, but adding some focaccia breadsticks for dunking is a side dish I highly recommend. Just like the restaurant, except at home!
This is a quick 30-minute soup recipe, which makes me a happy mom. It’s easier and faster than herding the family into the car to go out for dinner!
We love it with extra spice, so I use spicy Italian sausage, and I add some red pepper flakes for even more heat. If you prefer mild sides, use regular Italian sausage and skip the red pepper. It will still be delicious.
Not everyone is a kale fan, but this soup is delicious. It cooks down, so it’s tender and delicious!
Don’t forget the cheese – a generous amount of Parmesan cheese simmers in the soup, giving the broth some body, and we sprinkle a lot over the top for serving. It’s not to be missed.
The bacon garnish is optional, but we love it. It adds a nice crispy texture, but the soup is still amazing without it.
- Chopped red onion
- Chopped yellow onion
- Olive oil
- Minced garlic cloves
- Chicken broth
- Peeled and diced red potatoes
- Roughly chopped kale
- Hot Italian sausage
- Heavy whipping cream
- Grated Parmesan cheese or Asiago cheese
- Salt and white pepper
How do you make Creamy Tuscan Soup?
In large heavy bottomed pan heat olive oil, add sausage, onions, and garlic and cook until sausage is completely cooked and onions are tender.
Add broth and potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat.
Add kale, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Then simmer for another 5 minutes.
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If you’re craving a hearty, comforting bowl of soup, it doesn’t get much better than this Creamy Tuscan Soup. Restaurant-inspired and so easy to make – you have to try it. Bon appetit! XOXO San
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Creamy Tuscan Soup
- 1/2 purple onion chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups diced red potatoes skinned
- 3 cups kale roughly chopped
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan or asiago cheese grated + more for topping
- salt & white pepper to taste
- In large heavy bottomed pan heat olive oil, add sausage, onions, and garlic and cook until sausage is completely cooked and onions are tender.
- Add broth and potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat.
- Add kale, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Then simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat & serve with more grated cheese and bacon bits if desired.