Zuppa Toscana

4 slices bacon, diced (Hertel is a good choice)
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed (We use Fresh Street Market house-made sausages)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
1 medium to large onion, diced
4 to 6 cups chicken broth
3 cups of russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cups baby spinach or kale or Swiss chard
1 1/2 cups heavy or half-n-half cream
1 tsp. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

YIELD: Serves 6

COURSE: Soups and Stews

CUISINE: American


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  2. Add Italian sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in sausage and spinach/kale/chard until greens begin to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute; season with tsp. of salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon.