I am your typical American mutt. German, Irish, Native American – I pretty much have it all in my family tree. Except for Italian. As far as I know, there isn’t a drop of Italian in my bloodline. Culturally, I come from the peoples of bratwurst and beer instead of pasta and wine.
I don’t speak Italian. I’ve never been to Italy. I’m about as un-Italian as you can get. But the great thing about American culture is that we openly absorb (bastardize?) other cultures, and a large part of that is food. So even this completely un-Italian Indiana girl can make something that speaks to the Tuscan sun—Zuppa Toscana.
And it is even fun to say. Say it with me kids. Zuppa Toscana. Zoooooopah.Tosssscannnaahhh!
It literally translates to “Tuscan Soup,” but us Americans know this particular version as a creamy broth-based soup with kale, potatoes, and sausage. It is probably most commonly found at a particular Italian chain restaurant (that has the cheesiest commercials on Earth), but it is definitely worthy of your home kitchen.
I know our Americanized versions of “Italian” food are decidedly unauthentic, but it in this particular case, it’s totally cool, because it’s WAY DELICIOUS. Inauthentic? Probably. Flavorful, creamy soup that is easy enough to be a weeknight dinner? Totally. 100%. A++++.