Saturday, June 9, 2012

Zuppa Toscana Soup

My family really enjoys soup. We eat it year-round. It's usually economical and it's easy to make two meals out of it. This is my recreation of Olive Garden's famous "Zuppa Toscana". If you prefer, you can use spinach in place of the kale. 







Zuppa Toscana Soup
Yield: 8 servings

1 lb. bulk mild Italian sausage***
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 lb. bacon, diced
1 small onion, diced
64 oz. chicken broth
4-6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
1 small bunch kale, stems removed and leaves 
     chopped (about 3-4 cups)
1 cup heavy whipping cream

In a large soup pot, crumble and brown the Italian sausage with the red pepper flakes over medium-high heat, until sausage is no longer pink. Drain and set aside.

Cook the bacon in the same pot, over medium-high heat, until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels. Drain all but 2 tbsp. of the bacon grease. Add onions and garlic; cook until the onions are soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and kale; lower heat to medium and cook about 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Add reserved bacon and sausage. Add cream. Heat through.

Serve hot!

*** My local grocery store doesn't always carry the bulk Italian sausage ... you can buy the links and just cut them open, crumble the sausage and discard the casing.

I hope you enjoy!

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24 comments:

  1. Yum, Zuppa Toscana's my favorite, and I've never managed to make it right at home. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This soup is definitely in my top 5 faves .... LOVE it. Hope you enjoy it - stop back by and let me know what you think :)

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  2. That looks very good. I am going to try making it.

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    1. It's super yummy! :) Let me know what you think.

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  3. Wow! That soup is one of our favs! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to Saturday :)

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  4. Whenever we order from Olive Garden for lunch ( at the office ) they always laugh at me because this soup is what I always order!

    I cannot wait to try this recipe!! :)

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    1. Truth be told ... I always order the same thing as Olive Garden, too! Soup, salad and breadsticks - with Zuppa Toscana! LOVE that stuff :)

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  5. Thanks for posting this! I worked at Olive Garden in college, and their soups are awesome. Think I'll make this for dinner tonight...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! This is definitely my favorite Olive Garden soup ... actually, my favorite thing on their whole menu! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does :)

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  6. Sausage, bacon, and cream... of course my family will love this soup. I make soup all year too... especially when I want a light meal. I hope you are sharing this today on foodie friday.

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    1. I shared it :) Hope you have a great weekend, Diane!

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  7. Love this suop, one of my favs! thanks for linking with me opn Wow Us Wednesday.

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    1. I always order this at Olive Garden! I love making it at home too, I can control what goes in it :)

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  8. Jamie,
    We will definitely be making this. My daughter LOVES this soup. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday this week. I couldn't do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Michelle

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    1. If I had to guess, this is probably Olive Garden's most popular soup ... and for good reason :) It's so easy to make at home when you need a Zuppa Toscana fix ;)

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  9. My hubby loves this soup but I have never tried to make it. I think I am surprising him with this. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

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  10. This is one of my favorites at Olive Garden! This sounds great!!! Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!

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    1. I always order this! It's my favorite thing on their menu :)

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  11. This looks so GOOD! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 38. I hope to see you again very soon. <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/06/thursdays-treasures-week-38.html

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  12. I LOVE soups. I love eating them and I love making them. This soup is definitely going into my "list of soups to make" list. I've pinned for future reference. I just love your blog! :)

    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Soup has to be one of my absolute favorite things .... Hope you like this one!

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