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Zuppa Toscana Soup

Today is the final day in soup week and I even impressed myself with this one! My mom, Nick and I really like the Zuppa Soup from Olive Garden. We have always wanted to take a jab at it, but the real challenge was how to recreate it and I have to admit I was kind of worried. However, I am excited to announce that it was MAGNIFICENT!! There are a ton of copycat recipes out there for the Zuppa Toscana Soup, but I found one that I liked the best and made some adjustments for my personal taste! That's the best part about recipes, you find a recipe that gives you the staples of the dish and then you adjust for your personal taste and make it yours!!! Lets get started!



Here are the ingredients you will need:


  • 1-lb Hot Italian Sausage, or just a bit more, cut into about 1/2 inch rounds 
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups Kale, washed and roughly chopped
  • pepper to taste
  • In a medium skillet, saute the Italian sausage with the red pepper flakes. Drain fat and set aside.
  • In a large soup pot, saute the bacon. When the bacon is cooked, add the garlic and onion powder. Saute the garlic until tender - just a few minutes
  • Add the chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and cook until soft, about 30 to 40 minutes
  • Add the heavy cream and the chopped sausage and cook until the soup is heated through, about 15 minutes
  • Stir in the chopped kale. Season with pepper and serve hot! 
This recipe makes a LOT of soup, which is great because Nick and I absolutely loved it! He took some for lunch today and we still have a little leftover. If you want to scale the recipe back some, just divide everything in half and it should turn out perfectly! My intent was to make a homemade bread to pair with it, but I forgot all about it. So my homemade bread recipe will make an appearance another day! Instead, I paired it with some french bread, which worked well!! Overall the recipe is not so unhealthy. For about a cup of soup you are looking at a 275 calories. That is not too bad, but it does become excessive if you want to eat more than one cup, which is what we did. It seems almost impossible to eat just one cup of this tasty creation. If you lack self control, LIKE ME!, just take it easy during the day with your caloric intake and you should be fine!
Source: Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
I hope you all enjoyed Soup Week!!
Until Next Time,
Happy Soup Creating! 


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Reader Comments (3)

Oh my gush, I honestly have been thinking of getting one line and trying to find this recipe for a couple of days now.This seems like you knew what I was thinking (weird huh).I'm going to the store and getting everything I need to make this for the weekend.I know if you and Nick enjoyed this I would also.I'm so excited to try this!Thanks for saving me the time of hunting this down and figuring it out on my own!!I can't wait.Keep the recipes coming...they are great.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

LOVE this! Can hardly wait to try it! Haven't been to Olive Garden lately (don't get around much any more) so I'm deeeeelighted! Happy slurping, Mel!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did Michele!!! :)

July 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterCooking With Mel

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