Zuppa Toscanaaaaa

See? It just sounds better if you say it like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. I’m pretty sure I could serve this soup to any of the characters in Goodfellas and they’d be just fine with it. It’s that good. And it’s got kale, so you can pretend it’s good for you too.

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I can’t promise that it will make you into Ray Liotta, but I gotta say, I think my version is actually better than the one from Olive Garden. Yeah I go to Olive Garden, you wanna say something about it? I live in Oklahoma, there is a distinct shortage of “authentic” food of any kind other than burgers and BBQ.

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So as you can see, you start out with some taters. I am really into Yukon Golds lately, they just taste and cook better than any of the others. But technically, you can use whatever kind you want. I like to leave the skins on because potato skins are good for you, dammit. Just be sure and scrub them!

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Hey look! Vegetables! If you’re wondering why it’s so far down in that shot with the onions, it’s because I made this when my little brother was coming over, and knew if I didn’t make double we would definitely run out, lol.

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Not sure if you guys know this, but Italian sausage is pretty greasy. Probably should have avoided some future heart complications and just drained and rinsed this. Don’t be me, guys.

The thing I particularly like about this recipe, is that if you WERE so inclined, it would be pretty easy to make healthier. Add more kale, use turkey Italian sausage, use half-and-half or even milk instead of heavy whipping cream. There’s a lot you can do with it. Possibly also don’t do what I did and cook and entire pound of bacon (400 degrees in the oven for 10 minutes!) to crumble up into the soup.

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Considering it’s cold as balls outside right now, this would actually be a really good option for dinner….I might have to break down and go get the stuff for it. Or I could have leftovers today and just put it in the crockpot tomorrow.

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I initially got this recipe from Damn Delicious, which is what it is.

Badass Zuppa Toscana
-insert Jersey Italian accent here-


  • Bacon. As much of it as you feel like cooking and crumbling up
  • 1 lb of Italian sausage. You can get it without the casings, or just slice and peel them off
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 whole diced onion
  • 1 of those 32oz cartons of chickin broth
  • 5-6 taters, sliced thin, skins on
  • Like a lot of handfuls of kale. Go look up how to cut up kale, or just buy the bagged stuff
  • 1 ½ cups of heavy whoopin cream (as one of my cousins called it)
  • Salt-N-Pepa
  1. A’ight so first things first, heat ur oven to 400, slap some bacon on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. You don’t get grease splatters errywhere and you don’t have to tend it, it’s great.
  2. Toss ya sausage direct into ya pot ur gonna make ur soup in, in this case I prefer Teflon.
  3. Crumble all that delectable sausage up as it’s cooking. Mmmm it smells good. Go have a glass of Cupcake Moscato, and you’ll thank me. Drain it and set aside.
  4. Toss ya onion and garlic up in there on medium-low heat, and drink while they get soft.
  5. I use a mandolin slicer so I like to slice my taters direct into the pot at this point, but you can slice ‘em up and toss ‘em in all at once.
  6. Add the chickin broth, salt and pepper, and sausage back in ya pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes-ish till them taters is soft.
  7. Stir in your kale and let it cook till it gets soft and wilty, then add that heavy cream and oh mah gawd that’s so damn good. Bring back up to a simmer, and call it good.
  8. You remember that bacon? Crumble it up and put it on top ya bowl of soup. Go finish that bottle of wine and try not to sink into self-loathing with how much of this soup you will eat.
You Have To Say It in Joe Pesci’s Voice Zuppa Toscanaaaaa See? It just sounds better if you say it like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. I’m pretty sure I could serve this soup to any of the characters in Goodfellas and they’d be just fine with it.
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Top 10 - (Most memorable) Psychopaths on Film.

“I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control.” 

u kno what’s remarkable about Robert De Niro like ppl always talk about his acting prowess but did anyone notice his full head of hair at the age of 73?

how does he do it? and no I don’t think it’s a toupee or hair transplant I don’t see any lace lines or forehead scars it’s natural. in fact De Niro is a man who took risks w his hair throughout his career. in 1987 he shaved the front of his head to play the balding Al Capone in The Untouchables:

he was like 44 how did he know it was gonna even grow back? he didn’t. he took the risk of permanent frontal baldness to play Capone. few years later he had a full head of hair as u can see in this still of Goodfellas in which he is strangling the toupee seller Morrie:

even riskier, he shaved the front of his hairline yet again to play Bernie Madoff in a TV movie 2 years ago:

and yet again it grew back! this is a magic man with some of the best hair in history baldness can never stop him he is Immune and All Powerful


If you’re part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they’re going to kill you, doesn’t happen that way. There weren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, your murderers come with smiles, they come as your friends, the people who’ve cared for you all of your life. And they always seem to come at a time that you’re at your weakest and most in need of their help.  Goodfellas, 1990

In Goodfellas, the ‘Am I a clown? Do I amuse you?’ scene, where Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) attacks Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) for calling him a 'funny guy’, was Pesci’s idea. He’d once worked at a restaurant where he got a nasty reply after telling a real-life mobster he was funny, so he suggested it to director Martin Scorsese, and they filmed it without a script to get genuine reactions from the cast. Source


Classic Car Scenes

On the Waterfront (1954), Dir. Elia Kazan.

Goodfellas (1990), Dir. Martin Scorsese.

Reservoir Dogs (1992), Dir. Quentin Tarantino.

Pulp Fiction (1994), Dir. Quentin Tarantino.

Se7en (1995), Dir. David Fincher.