Tuscan Sun Soup: Zuppa Toscana

Bask in the golden hues of Tuscany with every spoonful of Zuppa Toscana. This soul-warming soup marries rustic Italian sausage with crisp kale, tender potatoes, and creamy broth, delivering a symphony of flavors that dance under the Tuscan sun. 

A sprinkle of chili flakes adds a gentle heat, while a final drizzle of extra virgin olive oil crowns the dish with a luxurious smoothness.

photo-realistic images of a rustic bowl of Zuppa Toscana, rich with Italian sausage, kale, and potatoes, sprinkled with chili flakes and a drizzle of olive oil, accompanied by a slice of crusty bread on a wooden board, set against a backdrop of a sunny Tuscan vineyard

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Number of Servings: 6
  • Ideal Serving Size: 1 generous bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 700mg


  • Italian Sausage (casing removed): 500g
  • Chopped Onions: 150g
  • Minced Garlic: 15g
  • Sliced Potatoes: 600g
  • Chopped Kale: 200g
  • Chicken Broth: 1.5 liters
  • Heavy Cream: 240g
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 30g
  • Red Chili Flakes: 5g
  • Salt and Pepper: to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, brown the sausage over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and garlic, cooking until translucent.
  3. Stir in potatoes and broth, simmering until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add kale and cream, cooking until the kale wilts.
  5. Season with chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a lighter version, substitute heavy cream with whole milk.
  • Use spicy Italian sausage for an extra kick.
  • Kale can be substituted with spinach for a milder flavor.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can this soup be made ahead of time? A: Yes, it can be refrigerated and gently reheated, adding more broth if necessary.
  • Q: Can the soup be frozen? A: It's best enjoyed fresh, but you can freeze it without the cream and add it when reheating.
  • Q: Is there a vegetarian option? A: Use a plant-based sausage substitute and vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.