Zuppa Toscana with Seared Scallops

Chock-full of vegetables and topped with seared scallops, this hearty soup is part of our menu for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. To streamline prep, we use the Philips Soup Maker. While the appliance works its magic, you can cook the remaining ingredients on the stovetop, then combine everything at the end. Catholics traditionally abstained from meat on Christmas Eve, hence the emphasis on seafood for the feast, but we’ve taken some liberties with our soup, adding bacon and sausage to enhance the flavor.