Zuppa Tuscana Hillbilly Style

Barbara Miller


Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. This soup comes together quickly and easily. It is satisfying and delicious. You can use beans you have canned or cooked (canellini, pinto, navy, garbanzo) your own broth or stock (instead of the water and bouillon) and tomatoes that are fresh or frozen. You can use 1 pound of ground turkey or chicken and 2 tbsp of dried Italian herbs instead of the Jennie-O, I just had this in the freezer and used it. I used canned milk but you can use any milk you have but the canned gives a rich flavor. Serving depend on bowl size and appetites.


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8 to 12
24 Hr 30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, or whatever oil or fat that you use
  • 1 lb
    jennie-o ground turkey, italian
  • 2 large
    onions, peeled and diced
  • 16 oz
    fresh kale, large stems removed and cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • 4 c
  • 5
    chicken bouillon cubes
  • 5 large
    red potatoes, washed and diced small
  • 1 c
    celery, sliced into elbows
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato sauce, (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can(s)
    diced tomatoes, with juices, (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can(s)
    great northern beans, with juices (14.5 oz)
  • 2 tsp
    garlic, peeled and diced fine, (jarred is ok)
  • 2 Tbsp
    worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried italian seasoning blend, a heaping tbsp is ok
  • 2 pinch
    crushed pepper flakes
  • 1 can(s)
    evaporated milk
  • 4 oz
    sour cream, full fat
  • 2 tsp
    butter, in each bowl for serving, salted or unsalted

How to Make Zuppa Tuscana Hillbilly Style


  1. Add the oil to a large, 5-8 qt, steel or enamel stockpot over med high heat (5 on my electric stove).
  2. Add the ground meat. It can be frozen or fresh. Chop the meat as it browns. There should be no large pieces. just as the meat loses its pink add the chopped onions.
  3. Cook the onions in the meat a couple of minutes. stirring them occasionally.
  4. Add the kale to the pot. It should fill it close to the top.
  5. Add the water and the unwrapped bouillon cubes.
  6. Toss in one cubed potato. (about a cup) Cover with a lid. Let it cook 5 min to wilt the kale. (leave the heat on 5)
  7. Remove lid. Add the rest of the potatoes.
  8. Add the celery.
  9. Add the tomato sauce. (If all you have is spaghetti sauce feel free to use it.)
  10. Add the diced tomatoes. (If using fresh, peel seed and dice them)
  11. Add the canned beans with can juices.
  12. Add the crushed pepper flakes (you can add more if you want it a bit hotter)
  13. Add the Italian seasoning. The Jennie-O has Italian seasoning but Kale is a strong tasting vegetable and can overpower the soup.
  14. Add the Worcestershire Sauce. Stir the soup and cover. Bring just to a boil (not a full rolling boil) and reduce the heat to med low (2 on my electric stove). Cook covered for one hour. This cooks the kale thru and blends the flavors.
  15. Turn off the heat after one hour and remove the pot from the stove eye. Remove the lid and scrape the bottom no food should have stuck. Replace the lid and let the pot sit for 15-20 minutes.
  16. Remove the pot lid and stir in the sour cream.
  17. Stir in the milk.
  18. Put the butter in the serving bowl. Ladle in the soup. Serve. Some Cornbread or Hushpuppies are nice served on the side or garlic toast but are not necessary.
  19. *Can be cooked in the 6 Qt or larger crock pot. toss everything (except the milk and sour cream) in in the order given into the crock pot (break up the meat before adding the other ingredients.) Cook in low 6-8 hrs or high 2-3 hours. turn off the pot and let sit 20 min. Add the sour cream and milk. serve

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About Zuppa Tuscana Hillbilly Style

Course/Dish: Cream Soups
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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