Thursday, September 16, 2021

Toscana Soup

I recently found out that my friend Naomi is also on a diet.  She started in February and has lost 28 pounds.  She's shorter than me (I'm 5' 1"), so that is a LOT.

She turned me on to this recipe.  It's from Natasha's Kitchen site.  She said that she used cauliflower instead of potatoes and spinach instead of kale and instead of 6 cups of water she put in 4 cups.  I copied her exactly, and ho came out so ono.




  • 6 oz bacon chopped
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage The "Hot" variety
  • 1 medium head garlic 10 large cloves, peeled and minced or pressed
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth/stock (32 oz)
  • 6 cups water (48 oz)
  • 5 medium russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/4" thick pieces
  • 1 kale bundle leaves stripped and chopped (6 cups)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to serve optional


In a large pot over medium-high heat, add chopped bacon and sauté until browned.  Remove bacon and spoon out excess oil, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pot.

Add Italian sausage, breaking it up with your spatula and sauté until cooked through (5 minutes).  Remove.

Finely dice onion and add to the pot. Saute 5 minutes or until soft and golden.  Add minced garlic and saute 1 minute.

Add 4 cups broth and 6 cups water and bring to a boil.  Add sliced potatoes and cook 13-14 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.

When potatoes are nearly done, add chopped kale and cooked sausage and bring everything to a light boil.

Stir in 1 cup cream and bring to a boil.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper then remove from heat.  Garnish with bacon and grated parmesan.


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      Anonymous said...

      that looks so ono! and substituting cauliflower for potato must cut down a lot of calories.
      looks like a lot of fat grams though, but hey, keto!

      Honolulu Aunty said...

      You had me at bacon. MMMMMMmmmm Bacon!

      jalna said...

      V, Naomi is doing no rice, no bread and no SUGAR! She totally deserves to have some fat grams. LOL.

      Aunty, for a split second I wondered if I should leave out the bacon, but quickly came to my senses.

      Anonymous said...

      Looks so rich. I wonder if it will taste ok without the cream?


      K and S said...

      looks and sounds delicious!

      Susan said...

      I know someone who lost a lot of weight with no rice, no bread, & no sugar! Looks yummy! Cauliflower reminds me of my mom. She always used it for her chopsuey or just boiled it and added butter, salt & pepper.

      jalna said...

      Izsmom, I'm pretty sure it'll still be ono without the cream.

      Kat, it's almost all gone already. Gonna make again soon.

      Susan, awwwww. Wendell's mom made an ono curry dip that we used to dip cauliflower into. Maybe that recipe is gone . . .