Thursday, March 08, 2012

Zuppa Toscana

I don't have much time to prepare all the winter dishes I like- spring has nearly come, so I have to hurry. Nearly twenty days until the end of March, nearly twenty dishes to savour. 
One of them deffinitely Zuppa Toscana. Zuppa Toscana is a winter soup. Based on rich and nutritious ingredients like bacon, sausage, potatoes and heavy cream it is best enjoyed when the weather outside is cold. 

  • 500 g hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups kale, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese
Cook bacon and sausage in a saucepan until bacon gets crispy and sausage turns from pink to  brown. Drain off most of the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute onion. Saute onion until translucent; add garlic and saute for 1 additional minute. Stir in hot chicken broth and potatoes, season with salt and pepper, simmer for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add kale and heavy cream, simmer 5 additional minutes and serve hot with Parmesan cheese sprinkled above. 

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