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Tuscan Sausage & Potato Soup

This rustic and hearty sausage and potato soup is substantial enough to serve as the main course. The sausage and seasonings add a lot of flavor, while big chunks of potato make for a satisfying meal. Pair with a crisp, green side salad and dinner is served! 

Tuscan Sausage & Potato Soup

Servings

6-8

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

3

hours 

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. pancetta, cubed 

  • 2 lbs. bulk mild sausage

  • 2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans*

  • 6-7 c. chicken stock, divided

  • 1 T. crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, finely mince

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 2 lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 3” hard Parmesan cheese rind

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste 

  • ½ c. half and half, tempered**

  • 3 c. fresh kale, finely chopped

  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Directions

  • Brown pancetta in large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sausage to the same skillet and brown, breaking it up into small bite-sized chunks with a spatula while it cooks. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess fat from pan. Transfer pancetta and sausage to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock
  • Puree one can of cannellini beans (undrained) in a blender or food processor. Drain and rinse the other can of cannellini beans and add the puree and whole beans to slow cooker crock. 
  • Add 6 cups chicken stock, red pepper flakes, chopped onion, potatoes, and Parmesan cheese rind to crock and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. Remove lid and add tempered half and half, kale, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and remaining chicken stock, if necessary, to achieve the desired consistency. Stir to combine and allow 5-10 minutes for kale to soften before serving. 

Notes

  • *For less salt, drain and rinse both cans of cannellini beans before pureeing one can with a little water. 
  • **Temper the half and half by adding a little bit of the hot liquid to it before stirring it into the slow cooker crock. 

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Introverted Rebel, author, artist, teacher + coach, doer of things, and a mom to 3 boys – one with some extra needs that have forever changed my life. 

I love all things personal growth, music, art, food, words, and more importantly coffee.

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