Feb 22, 2012

Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copy Cat

Me, I'm not a huge pasta or Italian food person. Take me to Olive Garden though and I will gorge myself on soup, salad & bread sticks! Don't even get me started on that Alfredo dipping sauce, I could eat a bucket of it! My favorite soup from Olive Garden is the Zuppa Toscana. Italian sausage, potatoes & a creamy broth...mmm, mmm, mmm, the perfect combo!

Zuppa Toscana Soup


Directions:

  1. - Brown sausage and set aside
  2. - Over medium heat combine chicken broth, water and stir
    Dissolve the chicken bouillon in the broth  
  3. - Place diced onions, unpeeled potatoes, and garlic in pot
  4. - Cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 or 15 minutes
  5. - Add sausage and bacon (I don't use bacon in mine)
  6. - Salt and pepper to taste
  7. - Simmer for another 10 minutes
  8. - Turn to low heat
  9. - Add kale and cream
  10. - Heat through for another 5 minutes and serve
    - Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

    You will be amazed at how much this recipe tastes like the Olive Garden version. To make it spicier you can sprinkle in a some crushed red pepper flakes. I do it by the bowl to taste since not everyone likes spicy. Also, I have made it with and without the chicken bouillon power both taste great. You can test both ways and figure out which you like the best. It is a very simple recipe and the leftovers are tasty, tasty! Speaking of which, there are some leftovers in the fridge calling my name, enjoy!






    Source:
    Adapted from Food.com