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Keto Zuppa Toscana

Classic Sausage and Kale Soup made Keto Friendly with Turnips
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: keto brownies, zuppa toscana
Servings: 6 servings


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 pounds Italian Sausage spicy
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 3 purple top turnips (or potatoes) peeled, large dice
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale ribs removed, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup pecorino romano grated
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Slice bacon crosswise into small lardons (1/2 inch). Fry until crispy. Drain bacon. Set aside
  • In separate pot that you will be making soup in, add olive oil.
  • Add in chopped onions: sauté for two minutes stirring so onions don't brown, just soften.
  • Add garlic. Saute, until almost golden, about one minute.
  • If sausage is in links, remove and crumble into hot pan. Cook, stirring with wooden spoon until sausage is cooked through.
  • Add broth to sausage. Add bacon back in.
  • Add red pepper flakes.
  • Add turnips and cook for about 30 minutes until turnips feel soft.
  • In meantime, remove ribs from kale and chop. Add to soup for about twenty minutes. You don't want the kale to get mushy. It should still hold some body.
  • Add in heavy cream, season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with Pecorino Romano.


You can use potatoes instead of turnips if you are not concerned with carbs. 
You can add in a cup of white beans, rinsed to add more heft. 
You can substitute heavy cream with pureed beans for a dairy free version.
You can substitute spinach or another green for kale. In that case, I would add baby spinach as you are serving it. 
Lacinato Kale is also known as Tuscan Kale. It's has long leaves with thick ribs. You can also use curly kale.