Italian soups never taste like just a soup. They’re heartier – with lots of substance like meat, vegetables, broth and always some sort starch like noodles or potatoes. Some meals never feel complete just with soup, but Tuscan and Italian soups always seem to fill everyone up. This soup is by far one of my favorites. I took my Creamy Tuscan Soup and added some tomatoes and replaced the potatoes with cheese tortellini. One of the stars of the soup is the kale. Its texture holds up, even after cooking for a while.
This recipe calls for an Italian classic get together, which includes great food and people. It serves a lot. In fact, I loved this soup so much I ate the leftovers for 3 days! This is the perfect meal to invite friends over or even take it to them.
From our crowded table to yours, enjoy!
A classic Tuscan soup with tomatoes, spicy chicken sausage, garlic, onions, kale and parmesan cheese.
- 1 ½ lbs. spicy Italian chicken sausage, I picked mine up at Sprouts Market, they make their own!
- ½ purple onion, chopped
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 4-6 cups kale, roughly chopped
- 1 cup of half and half or whole milk
- 1 box package of cheese tortellini, I picked mine up in the Italian isle and the store by all the noodles
- 1 cup + more for topping parmesan or asiago cheese, grated
- Salt & white pepper to taste
In a heavy-bottomed pot, I like to use my cast iron cooking pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and brown spicy Italian chicken sausage. Once completely cooked, drain and set aside. Then in the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Once onions and garlic are caramelized, add crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, browned ground sausage & kale.
Bring to a boil- stirring frequently, add pepper and salt to taste.
Continue to boil 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to merge.
Add cheese tortellini and cook until al dente, about 15-20 minutes.
Add half and half and parmesan cheese.
Simmer for a few more minutes.
Remove from heat & serve.
Kids Review: There were literal tears over the tomatoes. And we found that the kids just really picked out the sausage and tortellini, but with some added cheese on top, three out of the five kids enjoyed it.