By admin | December 14, 2011

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Since we recently claimed kale as one of the 8 best winter foods to try right now, we thought we’d offer a recipe that can help you incorporate this lovely fresh green into your winter diet. Toscana soup is a classic Italian soup that contains everything that’s right in the world- spicy sausage, potatoes, cream, and lots of kale! This is one hearty soup that will keep you warm during this cold windy weather.Pair it with some creamy goat cheese or garlic bruschetta, and you’ve got a meal fit for an Italian king!

Toscana Soup Recipe

4 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 medium russet potatoes
3 cups chopped kale
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
3/4 lb. spicy Italian sausage
3/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Combine the stock and cream in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Slice the unpeeled potatoes into 1/4″ slices, then quarter the slices and add them to the soup.
  3. Add the vegetable oil to a pan and saute the sausage, onions, and garlic. When cooked and cooled, cut the sausage at an angle into slices about 1/2″ thick and add the sausage, onions, and garlic to the soup.
  4. Add the kale and spices and stir. Let the soup simmer for about an hour. Stir occasionally.

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