Bits of Sweetness: Easy Zuppa Toscana with a little help from Farmstr!

Easy Zuppa Toscana with a little help from Farmstr!

A big thanks to Farmstr for giving me 100% local, organic, grass-fed beef to review for this post!
All opinions, however are my own. 

Ahh Zuppa Toscana. This soup alone will get me into our local Italian place. I love it. (That and the breadsticks!) I don't know what it is about finding something I love, but I end up never straying from that one thing. I order it every time we go. There is something so comforting and familiar about it that just warms the soul.  The other day when a craving for it hit, (no surprise these days!) I realized, hey why not just make some myself?! Right! After all, there's nothing better than having a big ol' pot of this to grab a delicious steaming bowl from all day long (especially with these wind chills across the nation! Brr!)

Better yet though, this recipe was made possible with local beef thanks to Farmstr. If you're like me, you have probably never heard of Farmstr, but they are amazing and I will show you why!


* They are a new start-up organization that just launched an online marketplace to help connect you with local food (currently only in the PNW right now)
* Their goal is bring back the local handshake by easily providing customers with a direct link to local farmers and ranchers
* Providing quality organic products
*Being the new go-to place to keep track of where your food is coming from (how nice would that be to know what farm and farmer your food was from!?)
* We are excited to see farmers thrive and for consumers to have unlimited access to high quality farm fresh food!

I love supporting local start-up companies and am looking forward to having Farmstr as a new go-to place to get quality food. There's something special about supporting something where I know money is going to a great cause.
It's pretty neat if you look at their site(here). You can see current offerings from honey, to eggs, to beef and more. It's always changing so check back for what's in season!

Also, as an incentive for new customers, take $6.50 off your first order by emailing Janelle at customerservice@farmstr.com to let them know you found out about Farmstr from me - and they will reimburse you that amount on your order!! Pretty cool deal guys!


So, the recipe. (I wouldn't leave you hanging!)

This was the perfect chance to use up some kale I had gotten for the point of using in.. something. I had no idea what though. But here was my chance. (I'm not very adventurous with food! I'm learning though!)

You will need:
1 lb hamburger or mild sausage
1/4 bunch kale, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/4 c. melted butter
1 TBS onion powder (or 1 medium onion diced)
1 TBS garlic powder (or one garlic clove)
3 potatoes, sliced
4 pieces of bacon, crumbled (I didn't have this on hand, but was still good without!)
10 c. water
1 c. cream
S & P to taste

 Thoroughly rinse your kale and chop into bite-sized pieces.
Rinse and slice your potatoes.

 Brown your hamburger or sausage, drain, and set aside

Meanwhile, bring the cream and water to a rolling boil. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer until potatoes are tender (approx 20 minutes.) Enjoy with some hot breadsticks!


And now for it all in one place!

Zuppa Toscana
1 lb hamburger or mild sausage
1/4 bunch kale, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/4 c. melted butter
1 TBS onion powder (or 1 medium onion diced)
1 TBS garlic powder (or one garlic clove)
3 potatoes, sliced
4 pieces bacon, crumbled
10 c. water
1 c. cream
S & P to taste

 Thoroughly rinse your kale and chop into bite-sized pieces.
Rinse and slice your potatoes.
 Brown your hamburger or sausage, drain, and set aside
Meanwhile, bring the cream and water to a rolling boil. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until potatoes are tender (approx 20 minutes.) Enjoy with some hot breadsticks!

Super easy option: Add all ingredients to crockpot and cook on low for four hours!

What is your go-to warm meal this time of year?
Also- what is something you would love to start buying locally? Aside from grass-fed beef, honey is on my list! It is just so good!
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2 comments :

  1. Thank you Laura!!! You are the best!! Supporting small, local, sustainable farmers is what keeps me up late at night and gets me up at the crack of dawn. So appreciative or your support. xoxox.

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