This soup will bring Tuscany, Italy to your corner of the world, wherever you may be. Potatoes, Italian sausage, kale, onions, garlic, bacon, and cream make for a delicious soup. Make this classic hearty soup at home and it will hit the spot on cold winter days. My family loves it.
1 pound Italian Mild sausage
1 large diced yellow onion
1/3 lb. pancetta or bacon, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
1 quart water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 medium russet potatoes sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
2 cups kale, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1Tbsp. Olive oil
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat; remove sausage from casings and sauté until it’s nice and brown; use wooden spoon to break up into small chunks. Drain (excess fat) and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté pancetta, onions and garlic over medium high heat for approximately 8-9 minutes, or until the onions are soft; drain and set aside.
Place water and chicken broth in a large pot; bring it to a boil. Add potatoes, sausage and bacon pancetta to pot; simmer for 25-30 minutes. (you can cook less, I like my potatoes slightly overcooked, kind of creamy). Add cream into a pot and bring it a boil; season with salt and pepper; add kale and turn off the heat.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
*** Best if served with warm garlic cheese bread sticks. Delicious!
we love this soup, I never thought of use pancetta, great idea.
thanks for sharing 🙂
Delicious,everyones probably all time favorite soup.I cook it once in a while,but I just use homemade chicken stock.
My mom learned how to make this soup from us and now makes it all the time :).
This is one of my favorite soups– can’t wait to try it at home!! (Just need some breadsticks!)
Breadsticks are great with this soup. Restaurant food at home 🙂
Absolutely perfect!! Simple, quick, and everybody LOVED it!
My daughter told me about this soup, so I made it tonight.came out really
good. Nice creamy and just spicy enough to warm the belly on this chilly evening. Served with garlic bread. Delicious!!!
We love this soup chocked full of nutrients, in fact it’s very comforting when your battling a cold. I gave some to my neighbor when he was sick last year and now he calls me his miracle worker for saving his life. So he gets another pot of soup, lol. Thanks for sharing this😍
Thank you Janet,
it’s one of our favorites too 🙂
I really loved this recipe! It’s very close , if not the same as Olive Garden’s version. Very simple and inexpensive to make. Thanks for sharing this 😀
Is there a non- dairy substitute for the heavy cream? Would Almond Milk work?
Oh my gosh thiz was absolutely delicious! My husband likes more meat than Olive Garden so I added more sausage and a little more kale and garlic. We could not get enough ! Thank you for sharing this recipe!,