It is pouring rain here in So Cal, which means it is a perfect day for soup…and a perfect day for my sister Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. It’s quite possibly one of the best soups on the planet.
So let’s hear what Angie has to say about this copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!
Copy Cat Recipe: Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana
This soup is my favorite thing to make and my favorite thing to eat. My kids ask me to make this soup all of the time, especially when it is cold and rainy! It is very similar to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana (soup).
Every time I go there though, I feel like I get lots of broth, a few potatoes and that’s about it. I took that recipe and tweaked it to where this is a very hearty soup with tons of potatoes, bacon, spicy sausage and kale. You can add more water if you want it thinner. But, like my daddy always told me, go big or go home! There is no skimping here…This soup makes great left overs too. If you have young kids, you can use mild Italian sausage instead of spicy… Enjoy!!
- 1 lb ground Hot Italian sausage
- 1 large diced white onion
- 1 lb bacon cut into small 1/2" pieces
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I love garlic so more OR less to suit your taste)
- 8 cups water
- 8 tsp chicken bouillon powder
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced into bite size pieces
- 1 bunch of kale take thick stem out of middle and cut up
- SautÃ© Hot Italian sausage in a large pot (at least a 6qt pot). Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
- In the same pan, sautÃ© bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
- Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
- Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
- Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
- Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!
Doesn’t that Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana sound AMAZING?! And it’s so easy to make…try it tonight!
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