When winter rolls around, there is nothing I want more for lunch than homemade soup. It’s so comforting and it warms you through and through. This Tuscan Sausage Soup With Potatoes is rustic and hearty, and it can certainly work for a main course. It’s bursting with flavor because of the sausage and spices, and thanks to the beans and potatoes, it’s extremely satisfying. Enjoy it on its own for lunch or pair it with a side salad for dinner.
Tuscan Sausage Soup With Potatoes
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3-7 hours
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 minced
1 – small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 lbs – Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
3” – hard Parmesan cheese rind
Salt and black pepper, to taste
½ c – half and half, tempered (To temper, simply add a little bit of the hot broth to the half and half before stirring it into the slow cooker.)
3 c – fresh kale, finely chopped
½ c – Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Brown the pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut the sausage into bite-sized chunks and add to the same skillet and brown. Remove from heat and carefully drain the excess fat from the pan. Transfer the pancetta and sausage to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
- Drain and rinse both cans of cannellini beans. Puree one can of cannellini beans with a little water in a blender or food processor. Add the puree and whole beans to the crock pot.
- Add 6 cups of chicken stock, red pepper flakes, chopped onion, potatoes, and Parmesan cheese rind to the crock pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Remove lid and add tempered half and half, kale, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and if necessary, the remaining chicken stock to achieve the desired consistency. Stir to combine and allow 5-10 minutes for the kale to soften before serving.
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