Friday, January 2, 2015

Zuppa Toscana

My favorite new recipe find this season is Gimme Some Oven's 7-Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana.  It's a creamy Italian soup made with sausage and gnocchi, and it warms up your entire body when you eat it.  It's super simple to make, and takes only about half an hour to whip up.  While this hearty soup definitely tastes like it's an indulgent high calorie meal, it's actually under 450 calories for a huge bowl of it.  So slurp away!

Zuppa Toscana
Recipe Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

1 Onion, diced
12 oz Ground Hot Sausage
Garlic Powder, to taste
4 Cups Chicken Stock (or broth)
12 oz jar Roasted Red Peppers, drained & diced
1 Bunch Kale (~10 oz), stems removed and chopped
1 lb Potato Gnocchi
1/2 to 1 Cup Heavy Cream (depending on how spicy you want your soup)
Salt & Pepper


1.  Heat a dutch oven (or stockpot) over medium-high heat.  Add in the onion and sausage, and cook until the sausage has browned and is no longer pink, breaking up the sausage as you stir it.  Drain any excess grease.  Sprinkle with Garlic Powder (I do a nice heavy coat of garlic powder).

2.  Pour in the chicken stock and the red peppers, and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium, and add the kale (depending on the size of your dutch oven, you may have to do this in batches; but trust me; get as much kale as you can in this dish!).  Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes or until wilted.  

3.  Add in the gnocchi and half a cup of the heavy cream, and cook for 3-5 additional minutes, or until the gnocchi is cooked through.  Salt & pepper to taste. Add in more heavy cream if it's too spicy.  Ladle into bowls and top with freshly grated parmesan, if desired.

Serving Size:  1/6th of Soup
Calories:  423
Fat:  22
Carbs:  39
Protein: 19

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