Creamy Zuppa Toscana

  • Author: Emily Weeks, RDN, LD
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


This traditional Italian soup is so easy to make at home with plenty of pantry staples! 



  • 4 Italian-style pork sausages
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 48 fl oz (6 cups) chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced (1/8-inch)
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 4 fl oz (½ cup) heavy cream


  1. Use the tip of a knife to slice down the length of the sausages. Peel off the casing and discard.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once the pot is hot, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add pork and break apart with a spoon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbly, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and onion to the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add beans, broth, and spices to the pot. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add potatoes and kale to the pot.
  6. Let the soup simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add cream and stir to combine.