Zuppa Toscana

Hey friends! It's time for a pupdate (pup + update = pupdate!) I've always considered myself a homebody, but ever since we adopted Neville, our sweet pug, the homebody in me has really come out to play. My days pretty much consist of waking up, cuddling the pup for as long as humanly possible before I roll out of bed and pout while I get ready. I go to work and catch myself having thoughts about Neville throughout the day because, of course, he is now my computer screensaver, phone background and office art so obviously I am going to think about him 24/7. "Is he taking a nap? Is he hungry? Does he like it here? Is texting with your dog a thing?" These are actual thoughts that have crossed my mind you guys, no big…

I reach the end of the eight hour work day and what do I do? Go out for happy hour? Go shopping? Engage in any other form of extroverting and/or socializing? No, silly! I go home to my long-lost love bug and cuddle the literal poop out of him the rest of the night. Case closed. 

So yes, one might consider my life to be pretty "uneventful" lately. But you know what? I absolutely love it. This homebody wouldn't have it any other way! 

Along with a cute pup, a homebody's best friend is a big bowl of soup. Hands down. Because if I virtually make plans to not have plans, 9 times out of 10 I'm going to plan on whipping up the best, quick-and-easy, delicious dinner I know how to make: soup. Plus, when it's chilly and grey like it has been this fall, there is quite possibly nothing better than warming up to a comforting bowl of soup!

There are a number of soups I adore that seem to make their way into the weekly dinner rotation, like loaded baked potato soup, pea soup and pasta fagioli. But one of my favorite soups of all time that feels almost too simple to make for being so insanely good is Zuppa Toscana, or sausage, kale and potato soup. Not that I condone going to Olive Garden, but my mom started to make a version of this soup back in high school when Olive Garden was our "favorite restaurant." While I'm not too keen on the OG these days, I will say they did something right because their Zuppa Toscana inspired my mom, and subsequently me, to make probably my favorite soup ever. 

I love this soup so much because it covers all of your dinner bases in one pot, one bowl and one bite. Savory, succulent sausage, bitter kale and tender potatoes in a flavorful, creamy broth create for one perfect soup. What's even better than the comforting, hearty taste of this knockout soup is it only takes a few ingredients and about thirty minutes to throw together, in true Rachel Ray fashion. And having both a delicious and easy dinner on the table in a matter of minutes just means more time I can spend cuddling my pup! 

Whether you have an adorable pug to snuggle at home or not, this soup is a keeper for so many reasons. Try it for yourself and you'll see why it makes its way into my dinner rotation on the reg! 

Zuppa Toscana


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 oz pork sage sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk


Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large soup pot over medium high heat. Add onions, then garlic and saute for about 3 minutes, until onions and garlic become fragrant and translucent. Add sausage and red pepper flakes and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up sausage into small pieces. 

Add potatoes and broth and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Add kale and milk and cook for another 5 minutes on low until kale is slightly wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve. 

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