Zuppa Toscana Soup

Let me just start by saying, I hate when recipe blogs have 47 paragraphs of a story before the dang recipe – so I’m not gonna do that to you. I’ll just say this… It’s really delicious. Also I want to point out that I’m not a food blogger, I’m just a blogger that loves food – so my instructions and measurements might not be very proper – but who the hell cares. Alright I’ve already yapped way too much so let’s get to cookin’! 

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time 45 minutes

Ingredients: 

2lbs Hot Italian Sausage – (you can also use regular sausage if you don’t enjoy a little kick, or if you can’t find hot Italian sausage, use regular sausage and add a pinch of red pepper flakes) 

4 Cups chicken broth (if you’re using cans, use 3 cans – it’s a little more than 4 cups but who cares. 

1 medium yellow onion – diced

4 garlic cloves – minced

2 tbs flour 

2 cups heavy cream 

3 cups whole milk 

1/2 bunch asparagus – I use the whole bunch because I LOVE asparagus. (If you don’t like asparagus, try using 2 cups of fresh spinach, also delicious)

2lbs potatoes (about 3 medium potatoes) I halve them, then slice them in ¼ inch pieces. 

1 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

  1. Drizzle some olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook for a few minutes. 
  2. Add hot Italian sausage, cook until… it’s cooked. (remember, I’m not a food blogger) 
  3. Add the minced garlic – cook until fragrant – about 1 – 2 minutes. 
  4. Shut off heat. Drain grease from the pot. There are a number of ways to do this, I just tilt the pot to the side, wad up a few paper towels and soak up the grease. (Don’t judge me. If that freaks you out, do it a different way.) 
  5. Return to medium heat, sprinkle 2tbs flour in, stir up. 
  6. Slowly add 4 cups of chicken broth. We want it to kind of thicken up. If it doesn’t, don’t panic, it’s fine.
  7. Add 3 cups of whole milk. 
  8. Add potatoes in. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked. 
  9. Add in asparagus and heavy cream, cook for about 10 more minutes. 
  10. Add in 1 cup parmesan cheese, cook for another 2 minutes or so, just until it’s melted in.
  11. Take a little taste – add salt and pepper to your liking. I usually wait until the end to add because I don’t want to make it overly salty. Ya know? 
  12. Enjoy!

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