This recipe is my version of Zuppa Toscana at The Olive Garden. I've been making it for several years and it is my daughters' favorite soup recipe. I have Queen - Rock Montreal blasting from my B&O turntable and all is right in my world!
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Italian Soup with potatoes, sausage, and kale
1 pkg. Mild Italian sausage, (mine was 19 oz.)
2 lb. red potatoes, leave skin on, halve lengthwise and slice 1/4 in. thick
1 large yellow onion, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
6 cups chicken stock ( I used homemade with no seasonings, but canned low-sodium is okay)
1 bunch kale, stem and spine removed, torn into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 rind from a good parmesan cheese wedge, (I save my rinds for adding to soups)
Grated parmesan for garnish when serving
Soup pot or Dutch oven
Add potatoes, chicken stock, parmesan rind, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and turn heat down to medium. Cook about 10 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Add kale, stirring to incorporate. The kale wilts quickly, about 1- 2 minutes. Turn off heat and add the cream. Taste for seasoning and add the salt if needed. Garnish with a little grated parmesan.