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TOSCANA SOUP (similar to Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Freeda Greer
Added: Sunday, February 3, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 links Italian sausage
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 slice bacon, diced
1-1/4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 can (14-16 ounces) chicken broth
2 cups water
2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cups thinly sliced kale (cut away and discard spine or stem)
1/3 cup heavy or whipping cream

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bake sausage on jellyroll pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels; cool. Cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices; set aside.

Cook chopped onion and bacon in saucepan over medium heat, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.

Add chicken broth, water and potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Stir in kale, sausage and cream. Cook 5 minutes.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This does indeed resemble the soup at the Olive Garden. Depending on whether you use spicy or sweet Italian sausage (either works fine), the soup has a hearty and just slightly spicy zest to it. If you have trouble finding kale, escarole would work fine, and a couple of chopped carrots add a nice color contrast. The addition of cream at the end lends a richness that makes this dish and easy one-pot meal with a loaf of crusty bread.

 

 

 

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