We all have that one dish. The one that we’ll never stop making no matter what obstacles stand in our way. The one that feels comfortable and you can make in your sleep. The one that you make so often it (almost) feels as easy as ordering delivery. The one you can’t quit even if you try.
This soup is that for me.
I actually shared this recipe on v1 of this blog around five (!) years ago right before I moved to San Francisco (what turned out to the be the first of many cross-country moves, but still the biggest/scariest in my heart) and since then it has continued to be the #1 most cooked thing in my kitchen(s).
My love for this soup boils (ha!) down to one thing: Comfort. Honestly, it just tastes comfortable to me. Is that weird? It’s probably weird. But I’m assuming you have some sort of food that invokes that feeling for you so I think you get it.
If not, then at the very least you get that I’m weird ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
From start to finish, I love the process of this recipe and turn to it on my most stressful days because I know I’ll feel better before I even start eating it. Of course, I turn to it on most days in general because it’s just good. Like, very very good.
Have I mentioned that yet? Zuppa Toscana is DELICIOUS. Who knew sausage + potatoes + kale = magic?!
(Oh, you knew? That’s cool.)
I’ve tried a million different versions (LOTS more on this in the notes below), but this is the OG version and definitely my favorite.
Like most of the recipes I share here, this one is pretty customizable and easy to put together. If you follow the recipe as written it should be a 30-ish minute meal as I’ve laid out a fairly efficient way of cooking here (cutting onions while sausage cooks, prepping kale while soup simmers, etc.). However, if you prefer to get all your things prepped before you start cooking I still think you will be in and out of the kitchen in way under an hour. Either way, the beauty of this soup is that it doesn’t need a long time on the stove to taste good so you’re not sacrificing any taste in the quest for a quick meal.