Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana
My mom gave me a big bag full of fingerling potatoes that she’d roasted for a crowd and ended up with piles of leftovers. I already had kale and cream in the fridge and italian sausage in the freezer, so making this soup was a no brainer. Although I’ve never made it before, I have this soup almost every time I go to the Olive Garden… there’s something about the spicy, creamy combination, and the potatoes, sausage and kale that gets me every time.
Here’s the recipe that I based my soup on. I made a couple of changes, partly because I had pre-cooked potatoes, and partly because I wondered if sausage and bacon wasn’t overkill. So I omitted the bacon. I think I might include it in the future, just for a somewhat richer flavor.
I thought this was good. It wasn’t fantastic and not as good as at the OG, but good enough for a satisfying meal (and leftovers), and I’ll definitely be making it again.
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1½ tsp crushed red peppers [I used less because I used hot Italian sausage]
- 1 large diced white onion
- 4 Tbsp bacon pieces [I omitted the bacon, but I might use some in the future]
- 2 tsp garlic puree
- 10 cups water
- 5 cubes of chicken bouillon [instead of the water+bouillon, I used 8 cups of chicken broth]
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
- ¼ of a bunch of kale [I used more kale, partly because I wanted more nutrition in the soup, and partly because I wasn't sure what I'd do with leftover kale.]
- Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
- In the same pan, sauté 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!