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Zuppa Toscana Low-Carb

Zuppa Toscana Low-Carb
Calories 290 (40% from fat)
Fat 13 gram
Saturated Fat 7.6 gram
Trans Fat 0 gram
Cholesterol 50 mg.
Sodium 1548 mg.
Carb. 21 gram
Fiber 4 gram
Sugar 6 gram
Sugar Alcohol 0 gram
Protein 22 gram


1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
(We used Jimmy Dean Italian Premium Pork Sausage.)

6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 cups onion, diced

3 cloves (3 tsp.) garlic, minced

2 (32 ounce) cartons lower-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup water

1 cube (1 packet) sodium-free chicken bouillon
(We used Herb ox Sodium Free Granulated Chicken Bouillon.)

1 tsp. black pepper, ground

6 cups cauliflower florets, chopped

3 cups kale, stemmed and chopped

1/2 cup fat free half and half

6 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

This recipe was given to us by a friend that wanted a lower-carb Zuppa Toscana. The key to reducing a lot of the fat content is draining the pot after cooking the bacon. The result is a wonderfully savory soup that goes well with a hearty slice of whole-wheat bread. One serving will fill you up.

This recipe is higher in fat and sodium, so you should consider another option if you're on a low-fat or low-sodium diet.

Zuppa Toscana Low-Carb

1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook, frequently stirring, until browned and crumbly, 5-7 minutes. Put the sausage on a plate and drain off the grease.

2. Cook the bacon in the same pot until crisp, 3-5 minutes. Set the bacon aside and drain the excess grease, leaving no more than a tablespoon of grease in the pot.

3. Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook, frequently stirring, until onions start to soften and turn translucent, about 5 minutes.

4. Pour the bacon and sausage back into the pot. Stir in the chicken broth, water, bouillon and black pepper. Keep cooking on medium-high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer for another 15 minutes.

5. Stir in cauliflower and simmer until almost tender, 5-7 minutes.

6. Add kale and half and half, then simmer until kale is wilted, about another 5 minutes.

7. Divide into 6 servings of about 2 full cups each. Sprinkle each serving with a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese.

Yield: 6 Servings, About 2 Cups Per Serving

 Zuppa Toscana Low-Carb

This is a Freezer Friendly Recipe!

You can freeze individual portions for easy re-heating later.

Microwave for approximately 3-4 minutes. Keep the container open a little to allow steam to escape.

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