Why is My Kale Purple? Zuppa Toscana Soup

A Bowl Full of Kale. I love soup, but I love my Grandma more. We celebrated her birthday recently and to celebrate we went to her restaurant of choice. She choose Olive Garden because she loves this soup and doesn’t love to prepare it at home. One the way she reminded me we have a recipe that is nearly identical, but because it isn’t particularly filled with vegetables or healthy I have never thought to share it here. I love my Grandma. She raised me from age three and is very dear to me. I wish my Grandma LOVED KALE or anything remotely kale like. Dark green veggies are not on her favorite list and that is my favorite thing about this soup. I would guess that many of you know someone who feels the same. While this soup may not make the list for healthiest overall I do love to see my Grandma enjoying a bowl filled with kale. I hope you enjoy it also!   ~ Rachel for the Brown Box Team

Zuppa Toscana Soup

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  • 1-2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely diced)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 2 Large (or 3 medium Russet Potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half lengthwise, then cut into thin slices)
  • 32 ounces 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 cups Kale (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (for garnish or place half in soup)
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 Bacon Slices (cooked until crispy) – optional


  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add oil, onion, garlic, and red chili flakes. Let cook for 1 minute. Add sausage and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove sausage and onions and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce to medium-low heat. Stir in sausage mixture. Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add finely diced kale and continue to cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Stir in heavy cream and half of parmesan cheese, if so desired. Heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked, crumbled bacon, reserving some for garnish if desired. Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese.

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Why is my Kale Purple?

Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Even people who are not sure they would like Kale are now juicing, chopping and creating new recipes to make the most of the texture and flavor this super food offers. While the numerous health benefits such as; high in fiber, proven cancer fighting properties and high levels of nutrients many people are deficient the great variety of Kale is still relatively unknown.

Here at Brown Box Organics you might find as many as ten different varieties throughout the seasons. The most common green kale has curly dark green leaves. Another popular kale is purple kale, which is what you might find in your box this week. It has purple and green leaves and maintains its beautiful color when steamed. Lacinato Kale is often available in the spring and goes by several names such as Italian Kale or Dino Kale. You can use any of these kale varieties interchangeably in recipes, although some of the less curly variety may alter the overall recipe texture.

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NEW! We have offered local all natural cream in quart size glass bottles for many years. We now also offer Organic Valley pint size. You can find this on Sale & Feature page or Milk & Cream Category.

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About Rachel

Owner @ Brown Box Organics.
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