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Soldotna, AK

Tuscan Italian Soup

Tuscan Italian Soup

The Kenai Peninsula is hands down one of the most beautiful places on earth. The drive from Anchorage to Soldotna takes you through a jaw dropping landscape of white capped mountains, lush green forests and stunning turquoise lakes and rivers — But being surrounded by such a diverse landscape means diverse weather and while summers in Alaska are beautiful, there are still chilly mornings and rainy afternoons. Not to worry though, we always have a hot, delicious soup waiting for our guests when they return from their fishing trips. One of our most popular soups and a personal favorite of mine is this Tuscan Italian Soup. Crumbled Italian Sausage, potatoes and spinach simmer together in a savory broth that is sure to leave you with a full belly and a smile on your face. Enjoy!

Tuscan Italian Soup  |  Serves: 6

 

Ingredients
  •  6 slices bacon, small diced
  •  1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  •  6 cups chicken broth
  •  3 russet potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  •  1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  •  2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook through until slightly crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside for garnish.
  • Add Italian sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add sausage and spinach and cook until spinach begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and heated through, lastly add the cheddar cheese.
  • Heat through and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately, garnish with bacon.

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