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Zuppa Toscana Soup

I would love some traditional and authentic Italian food every night of the week if I could. But there’s something about Olive Garden that I can’t shake… Those breadsticks, the veggie filled salad with tangy dressing, and I can’t forget… the soups. Their Zuppa Toscana soup is to die for delicious. 

A mixture of italian sausage, potatoes, bacon, and kale in a comforting creamy broth. Since I live more than 100 miles away from the nearest Olive Garden, I love being able to re-create my restaurant favorites in my own home. This weekend it dropped well below zero on the North Dakota prairie, so a comforting soup was just what the doctor ordered. Enter Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup! 

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For this soup, I mixed up my own italian sausage from ground pork which I’ve included in the recipe. You can use a store bought italian sausage, however, I recommend you try this version… It is seriously my favorite, even more so than my dad’s italian sausage! But shhh.. don’t tell him! 

Zuppa Toscana Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound homemade italian sausage (recipe as follows)
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced (I used reds)
  5. 2 tablespoons flour
  6. 3/4 cup dry white wine
  7. 32 ounces chicken stock
  8. 1/3 cup bacon, cooked and diced
  9. 2 cups kale, chopped
  10. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  11. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pan, heat over medium high heat. Add sausage and brown. Once browned, add onion and garlic. Let cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add diced potatoes and stir to combine.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of flour, stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add white wine, cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add chicken broth and bacon.
  3. Lower heat and cover, cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are completely tender and cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. When ready to serve, turn heat to low. Add kale and stir until kale begins to just wilt. Add heavy cream. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  5. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!
  6. Homemade Italian Sausage
  7. To make homemade italian sausage, put 1 pound of ground pork in a medium bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt, sugar, fennel seed, basil, and smoked paprika. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. Add 2 tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar. Mix together well until fully incorporated.
Notes
  1. You can use store bought italian sausage if desired.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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Jenny Dewey Rohrich

Olive Garden Inspired Zuppa Toscana Soup - Prairie Californian

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