• 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale or Swiss chard leaves
  • 1 can (15 or 19 oz) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half or regular half-and-half


1 In 4-quart nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel. Crumble bacon; set aside. Remove and discard drippings from saucepan.

2 In same saucepan, cook sausage over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain well on paper towels; set aside.

3 In same saucepan, mix potatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, pepper flakes, broth and water. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cook uncovered about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4 Stir in bacon, sausage, kale and beans. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and kale are tender. Stir in half-and-half; cook just until heated.

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Submitted 1/17/08.
Submitted By: Italian Soup - EBA
Italian Sausage Soup