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Creamy Italian Soup

I might as well call this Toscana Soup with some additions but will name it differently because I have a Toscana recipe already.  This one has fresh asparagus and mushrooms that make it a little different. Guess it is a creamy mushroom, asparagus toscana soup...


1/2 Lb. Ground Sweet Italian Sausage (I use Johnsonville).
1 extra large or 2 large russet potatoes - peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 scallion chopped finely
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh asparagus
3 large mushrooms chopped into small pieces
1/4 tsp.oregano dried or few leaves fresh
1 tsp. parsley dried or few leaves fresh
1/2 tsp. dill dried or chopped fresh
1/2 tsp. chives dried or chopped fresh
4 - 6 fresh basil leaves
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Olive oil


Add a touch of olive oil to stock pot, brown sausage medium low heat to brown and remove. If you have an excessive amount of oil/dripping then drain some away. Add celery, fresh chives, scallion to pot and cook for a few minutes to soften not brown. Remove from pan and add chicken broth.  Stir good then add chopped potatoes, oregano, 2 leaves basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, dill, return sausage, celery, chives and scallion back to pot.  Cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender.  This will take only a few minutes. When potatoes are tender turn heat down to medium low and add the chopped asparagus and mushrooms to pot. Cover with lid and cook for 2 minutes.  Uncover and turn to low.  Add heavy cream stir and heat through.  When cream has warmed and this shouldn't take much time at all, serve immediately.

Serves 4 - 6

soup looks greasy but it isn't...I did add olive oil and I left it in...


  1. wow this is a must try!! Awesome ingredients! THank Dolly!

    1. Hi Claudia,
      Thank you! I'm excited and have glanced through your new cookbook and can't wait to try those wonderful recipes!

  2. WOW! That sounds great, Dolly. It reminds me of Zuppa Tuscana from Olive Garden. Saving this to try....love that it has asparagus in it. xo Diana

    1. Hi Diana! Yes that is what it reminds me of too! The asparagus and mushrooms were going to go bad so they were easy enough to add to it. It is good!

  3. That looks wonderful. I have made a sausage potato soup, but I like the idea of asparagus and mushrooms. I will have to try this. Thanks.

    1. Hi Kristina,
      Thank you. I'll bet that soup you make is so delicious!


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