Hearty Zuppa Toscana

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There’s nothing quite like a warm, creamy soup to cozy up with during those cold winter months. And when it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a steaming bowl of Zuppa Toscana. This hearty Tuscan soup is brimming with tender potatoes, flavorful Italian sausage, and plenty of parmesan cheese. It’s the ultimate comfort in a bowl!

If you’re like me and crave soup when the weather gets chilly, then this recipe is perfect for you. I love to prepare batches of my favorite soups in advance and stash them in the freezer for those days when I need a quick, comforting meal. With the holiday hustle and bustle, having a warm bowl of soup ready to go is a lifesaver. No more worrying about what’s for dinner!

Hearty Zuppa Toscana

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 pound of mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1/4 cup of arrowroot starch tapioca flour, or cornstarch (optional)
  • 4 small Yukon Gold potatoes diced
  • 1 cup of chopped kale
  • 32 ounces of organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream full-fat coconut milk, or dairy-free milk
  • 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add diced onions, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes until onions soften.
  • Add Italian sausage, breaking it into smaller pieces, and cook until browned.
  • Stir in arrowroot starch, tapioca flour, or cornstarch (if using), diced potatoes, chopped kale, chicken broth, cream or milk, and grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the soup and sprinkle with more parmesan cheese before serving. Enjoy the warmth and goodness! Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week in a sealed container.

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