Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hearty Tuscan Soup

Need to get away? Take a trip to Italy without leaving home by making this satisfying Tuscan soup. All you need are a few ingredients to transport your taste buds to another country. Viva Italia!

5-6 tablespoons of olive oil
3 small onions
5 cloves of garlic
1 package Italian sausage
2 32oz cans of chicken broth
3 potatoes
1 15oz can of cannellini beans
4 cups of chopped kale
2 tablespoons of oregano
1 tablespoon of rosemary
Juice and zest of one lemon
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Kitchen Essentials:
Measuring cups and spoons
Cutting board
Large pot
Wooden spoon

Begin by preparing all of the ingredients before turning on the heat. First, finely chop onions and slice the sausage into 1-inch chunks. Then, wash, peel and chop the potatoes into medium-sized cubes. Strain the cannellini beans. Finally, mince the garlic and chop the kale, oregano and rosemary. Now, you are ready to make your hearty Tuscan soup!

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Next, add the onions, garlic, salt and pepper and stir until the onions become soft and translucent. Then brown the sausage in the pot for about 5-7 minutes. Add the chicken broth and allow the mixture to come to a boil with the top on. Then add the potatoes, lemon juice, lemon zest and beans. Cook for about 10-15 until the potatoes are tender. Finally add the oregano, rosemary and kale. Cook for another 5 minutes until the kale softens. If you need more liquid, add more chicken broth or water. Serve hot in a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese.


  1. Oh that is so yummy! Photos are beautiful!

  2. You just can't beat a soup like this - full of flavour and just 20 - 30 minutes from chopping board to bowl.

  3. p.s. And the zest is from your home grown lemons?

  4. The soup looks fantastic. Great photos!

  5. YUM! What a perfect winter soup...the ingredient combination sounds wonderful!

  6. Hi Guys,
    Thanks for a great take on one of my favorite soups. I'll be dishing this up soon!
    Happy New Year,
    P.S.-I can't sign in on your site, as Name/URL is unavailable.

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  8. Thanks guys!! Its so simple to make and only one pot to clean!!!! We promise you it packs tons of flavor!!!

  9. The soup looks fantastic and I can only imagine how good it smells while simmering. I'll bet it would be perfect for a cold, rainy night like tonight. Thanks for passing it along.

  10. Looks really good. I'm a big fan of Cannellini beans, but I've never used kale - I will have to give it a try soon!


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