Saturday, October 20, 2012

Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat)

One of my favorite soups and fall dishes is this sausage, kale, and potato soup which mimics Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana.  I make this soup a couple times a year, during fall and winter.  And all summer I wait for that first cold weekend that I can make a big pot of this soup with some garlic breadsticks for dipping!  ENJOY!!

1 lb Ground Sweet Italian Sausage
1½ tsp Crushed Red Peppers
1 Large Sweet Onion, Diced
1/4 c. Chopped Bacon
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
5 c. Water
5 c. Chicken Broth
1 c. Heavy Cream
1 lb Sliced Potatoes
¼ Bunch Kale, Chopped

Sauté sausage and crushed red pepper in pot. Drain excess fat, set aside.  In the same pot, sauté bacon, onions and garlic until the onions are soft.

Add the water and broth; cook until boiling.  Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.

Add heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage.

Add kale just before serving.

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