Zuppa Toscana Recipe With Bacon (Bacon Makes This Italian Soup Recipe Even Better) by 30Seconds Food

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Zuppa Toscana Recipe With Bacon (Bacon Makes This Italian Soup Recipe Even Better)

Who doesn't love Zuppa Toscana? With Italian sausage, kale and potatoes, this creamy soup recipe is a winner. But what if you added bacon to it? Yes, bacon. We just made everything better, didn't we?

This version of the Italian soup is made with bacon, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, chicken broth, potatoes, heavy whipping cream and kale. You can use red potatoes, white potatoes or even Yukon Gold potatoes when cooking this recipe. The bacon adds a depth of flavor and saltiness that elevates it and makes the creamy soup something you'll think about days after eating it. 

This easy Zuppa Toscana soup recipe with bacon is a quick, hearty and absolutely fabulous dinner or lunch. Serve bowls of piping hot soup with hot bread and a salad

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 6 strips thick bacon, chopped (plus more for garnish, if desired) 
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, bulk or removed from casings
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 large red or white potatoes, diced 
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 - 3 cups chopped kale

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the bacon into a large soup pot and cook about 5 minutes or until it renders its fat and begins to brown. Add the crumbled sausage to the pot and continue to cook until sausage and bacon are browned and beginning to get crispy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the chicken broth, water, potatoes and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. 
  4. Add the kale and cream. Cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with additional bacon, if desired. 

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Elisa Schmitz
Bacon makes everything better, thank you! #yum
nice touch to add bacon to this classic soup recipe...

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