Zuppa Toscana Soup

When I was in college I worked at Olive Garden. I loved working there and my love for Italian cuisine came alive. An instant hit was their Zuppa Toscana soup. I’m not a huge Italian sausage fan, but this soup balances that flavor very nicely. I did create this recipe based on OG’s original recipe but changed a few things to make it more my own. Hope you enjoy it!

5-7 slices of bacon
1/2 lb hot Italian Sausage
5 medium russet potatoes, washed and thinly sliced
2 cups kale, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 qt water
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
4 medium cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper 
grated Parmesan for sprinkling 

On a greased cookie sheet, lay bacon flat and bake for about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Flipping with a fork halfway between. Drain bacon, and crumble. 

 In a pan over medium high heat, cook sausage until it's heated thoroughly, and there's no pink. Drain very well on a paper towel (or else you'll have grease floating in your soup.) Set aside. 

In your soup pot over medium heat, cook the potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and water until potatoes are cooked through. 

Throw in cooked sausage, half the bacon, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes. 

 Add in kale and cream. Let soup heat through and serve with the other half of the bacon. Sprinkle with Parmesan. 

I enjoy visiting our local farmer’s market. Using fresh and organic ingredients really makes a difference in the flavor of your recipe. Some of my recipes call for pre-made ingredients to save time but can easily be substituted for the most natural and organic ingredients. This photo was taken at the Spotsylvania Farmer's Market.

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  1. Ahh! This makes me so happy! I LOVE Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana! I just pinned this recipe. Thank you!

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  2. I'm going to have to try this tonight!
    Also, super cute blog!! xo

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  3. Thanks! Very tasty soup turned out. Very cool photos!

  4. My husband can be a picky eater. Made this for the first time tonight and we love it! Will definitely make it again. Thank you for sharing!

  5. This is an absolutely phenomenal tasting soup! I’ve made it several times over the past couple years and follow the recipe to the T. I love cooking this for my wife especially on a cold winter day, because she too thinks it’s an incredible soup!

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  7. Like you, I’m not a huge fan of Italian sausage and soup also, but this Zuppa Toscana soup looks amazing especially, how you cook it. Its taste increases with the natural fresh ingredients. I am planning to arrange a party for my writer colleges of dissertation writing services and definitely I will try this recipe to serve them with the soup.

  8. Even though I don't particularly like soup and Italian sausage, this Zuppa Toscana soup looks amazing, especially given how you cooked it. The freshness of the natural ingredients enhances its flavor. I will definitely try this recipe to serve the soup to my writer friends at a party I'm planning for Colleges of Literature review writing services


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