This healthy take on zuppa toscana is just as delicious and the perfect way to warm up during the cold winter days. The soup has the perfect amount of spice, but if you are like me and love to add a little extra heat, try topping it with some crushed red pepper. Soups are my favorite meal because they make great leftovers for easy lunches.

Light Zuppa Toscana

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

30 min

Total Time

40 min

Recipe Type: Soup

Serving Size: 1 cup

Makes 12 servings


  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 9 cups chicken broth
  • 6 russet potatoes, cubed
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 cups Kale, deveined
  • Crushed red pepper (optional, but highly recommended).


  1. In a large pot, cook the Italian sausage over medium heat. Once the sausage is cooked through, remove it from the pot and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, and sausage. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the half and half, milk, and kale. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Dish out warm and top with crushed red pepper, if desired.
Calories 180 (45 from fat)
Total fat 5g
Saturated fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 1070mg
Carbohydrate 25g (2g dietary fiber, 4g sugar)
Protein 10g

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