I was a preschool teacher in my other life (and loved it)!  This recipe was given to me by a parent during teacher appreciation week.  It is easy enough that even I can make it and it has become a favorite in my home. I hope your family will enjoy this savory soup as much as my family does!

Toscana Soup

3/4 cup diced onions
1 slice cooked bacon, diced
1 1/4 tsp. garlic cloves, minced
32 oz. chicken broth
2 medium potatoes, cut however you like them.  (I dice mine)
1 1/2 cups sausage, pre-cooked (I use Italian turkey sausage)
2 cups kale, chopped
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Cook sausage on stove top.  Meanwhile, place onion and bacon in 3-4 qt. saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until onions are clear.  Add garlic, cook 1 min.  Add broth, potatoes and drained sausage.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer until potatoes are cooked through, about 15-20 min.  Add kale and whipping cream.  Simmer another 10 min. or until kale is softened.



  1. Homemade Tomato Sauce

    1 lb. lean hamburger and / or sweet Italian sausage
    2 bags frozen chopped green, yellow, red peppers and onions (in frozen foods section)
    1 12oz. can drained copped mushrooms
    2 garlic cloves diced
    2 tbsp. basil
    2 tbsp. oregano
    1 tbsp. garlic salt
    10 medium ripe roma tomatoes pureed in food processor
    1 12oz. can tomato paste

    On medium heat…. brown lean hamburger and / or sweet Italian sausage – do not drain. Add frozen chopped green, yellow, red peppers and onions, mushrooms, diced garlic cloves, and spices. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add pureed roma tomatoes and tomato paste. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 5 hours.

    Let cool and store in tupperware in freezer for individual uses.


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