Grief Soup

When a family experiences the loss of a child, I make them grief soup. I have blogged about this soup in the past. It is amazing and so healing. I have served this soup though for other types of loss as well, the loss of a mother, the loss of a brother, and the near death of a co-worker.

Before I list the full set of ingredients it is important to note that the number one ingredient in this soup is LOVE. It must be made with love and mustn’t be rushed. Trust me! I have rushed this soup before and it turned out awful. This soup doesn’t take that long to make but rushing things will surely make this soup taste awful and the family won’t find it healing.

Grief Soup aka Sausage and Potato Toscana Soup


  • 5 links sweet Italian sausage
  • 4 medium baking potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 3-4 slices of bacon (chopped) or 1/2 cup of pancetta
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups kale (chopped, then sliced)
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 6 cups water
  • 32oz beef stock
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

In large stockpot, place onions, garlic, bacon, and sausage (remove sausage casings first). Cook on medium heat until sausage is cooked through and onions are translucent.

Add water, beef stock, chicken bouillon and potatoes, simmer until potatoes are soft (approximately 20 minutes). Add kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve with warm bread.

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