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Zuppa Toscana


  • 2 strips bacon

  • 1 large white Onion

  • 1/2 lb Spicy Italian Sausage

  • 4 cloves Garlic

  • 1 lb Golden Potatoes or Red Potatoes - sliced wih skin on ( as you prefer)

  • 4 cups Kale

  • 500 ml Chicken Stock

  • 1.5 tspn Italian seasoning,

  • 1 tspn black pepper

  • 1/2-1 tspn Cayenne to taste

  • 1 cup half and half

  • Salt and Pepper to taste




  1. Cut bacon into bits and fry till crispy on Saute setting in the Instant Pot (IP) or on your saute pan

  2. Reserve the bacon.

  3. Brown onions and garlic in bacon fat

  4. Remove casing from sausage. Add sausage to onion- garlic mix. Brown the sausage - break it into smaller pieces while browning.

  5. Add seasonings and cayenne

  6. Add potatoes

  7. Then add chicken stock . Change to Soup Setting on your In. heat till potatoes are cooked.. I would let it heat for atleast 10 mins in IP.

  8. Alternatively you can switch to slow cooking mode at this point and slow cook till potatoes are done - About 3 hrs on high.

  9. Add 1/2 and1/2.

  10. Add kale.

  11. Reseason to taste. Adjust cayenne.

  12. Add water to adjust volume.

  13. Heat for 10 mins, till kale wilts.



  1. If you dont want to use bacon or pork products in this recipe, forgo steps 1 and 2.

  2. Brown Onions and garlic in 2 tbspn of olive oil.

  3. You can substitute Spicy Italian Sausage made with Chicken instead of Pork

  4. If you are avoiding Dairy and Gluten, increase the amount of potatoes to 1.5 lbs. Skip Step 9. Instead take 2 cups of of soup. make sure it contains atleast 1cup of potatoes. Using a blender,  puree the soup and add it back to the pot. You can also thicken it with 1tspn of corn starch mixed in water. Add the corn starch slurry to soup and bing it to boil.



  1.  Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. The instructions given here are for using a Pressure cooker or cooking it directly on the stove/hob.

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