Recipe and photo courtesy of: Meg Kruik @thismessisours

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.

Yield: 8 servings

Since I have vegetarians at most of our gatherings, I like to make a little something for them too when I’m hosting – my Pasta e Fagioli Soup pairs perfectly with this Zuppa Toscana soup and J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay as well.


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed Aleppo pepper, or if you like it really spicy red pepper flakes
  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 4 medium sized Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bunch Tuscan or Lacinato kale, ribs removed, leaves sliced into ribbons
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

To serve: pair giant bowls of this Zuppa Toscana with crusty bread and chilled glasses of J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay


In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat cook the Italian sausage and Aleppo pepper. Cook until crumbling and browned, no longer pink, about 10-15 minutes. Drain any excess grease and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium. Cook the bacon in the same Dutch oven until crisp, about 12 minutes. Drain, leaving a tablespoon of drippings in the bottom of the pan with the bacon. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Pour the broth into the Dutch oven with the bacon and onion mixture; bring to a boilover high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream and the cooked sausage; heat through. Mix the shredded kale into the soup right before serving. One the kale is wilted add the nutmeg. Serve immediately.


Not a fan of the heat?! That’s ok! Simply use mild Italian sausage and omit the pepper flakes.

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