I’ve posted my copycat Zuppa Toscana recipe before and it’s good, but this recipe is better! Heartier, more filling, and best yet- Loaded with Veggies. We got all of the veggies from our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box. To learn more about these awesome produce boxes, check out my post here.
- 1/2 lb of Italian Sausage (hot or mild, your choice)
- 3 T. crumbled cooked bacon (I like the kind from Costco)
- 2 T. Butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 ribs of celery, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 T. Italian Seasoning
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 3 medium potatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces (I left the skin on- it’s up to you)
- 1-quart chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 bag triple-washed spinach
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (or 12 oz milk of your choice)
- In a large stockpot, cook and crumble Italian Sausage
- Add in bacon and heat until sizzling
- Add butter, onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until onions are translucent (about 10 minutes).
- Add garlic, and herbs/bay leaf- cook until fragrant.
- Add broth, and scrape brown cooked bits off the bottom of the pot.
- Add Potatoes, cook on medium with the lid on the pot until the potatoes are soft (about 15 minutes).
- Remove lid, turn the stove up to high, add spinach. Stir and incorporate the spinach until wilted.
- Turn the stove down to low, add milk, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove Bay leaf prior to serving.
This makes 10-12 servings. Serve with bread of your choice. I like to top with a little parmesan cheese.
- If you prefer Kale, substitute for the spinach and add another 5-10 minutes of cooking time.
- This soup keeps well in the fridge for up to a week, and it freezes well.
- If you are a vegetarian, substitute 2 cans of rinsed/drained cannellini beans in place of the Italian sausage (or meat-free Italian sausage), and use crumbled vegetarian/vegan bacon. Use Vegetable broth, and 12 oz. alternative milk (I like almond or hazelnut for this recipe). Add in 1/2 t. Fennel Seed, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (to mimic the flavor of Italian sausage) when using beans.