Zupa Toscana

Zuppa ToscanaBy Tia

Zuppa  as a literal translation is simply soup, but the Italians have managed to win me over with their heartier and more flavorful versions of just plain soup. This Tuscan soup with bacon, spicy sausage and a few potato chunks satisfies pretty much every palate and every craving, and by adding a nice thick slice of Italian style bread to go with it tops it all.

ZUPPA TOSCANA

1 lb spicy Italian sausage
1 lb bacon
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 lb small potatoes, quartered
2 cups kale, chopped
4 cups beef stock
1 cup heavy cream

Brown the sausage and bacon in your rice cooker using Steam or Saute-Then-Simmer and set aside. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant and softened. Place sausage and bacon back into the rice cooker. Add chicken stock and potatoes and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until potatoes have softened. Add cream and kale and serve with crusty Italian bread.

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