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Rita’s Zuppa Toscana like Olive Garden

PastedGraphic-1My Locinato kale and new potatoes are ready for harvest, so I made this yummy soup. I hope you like it as much as we do!

Rita’s Zuppa Toscana like Olive Garden
You can use sweet Italian sausage and add red pepper flakes to taste if you want. Note the dry mashed potato flakes in the recipe. I use these as a thickener and nutrient booster in this type of soup, or any creamy soup. It’s my secret ingredient to thick & rich soups.  This is a to taste recipe. Hard to measure exactly.

1 pound hot Italian sausage
8-12 slices bacon, cut up into 1/2″ pieces (I used thick sliced)
1 large onion, diced (a good 2 cups)
1 heaping tablespoon garlic, minced
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
5 generous cups sliced potatoes, peeled or not
1 cup whipping cream or half & half

Kale – as much as you like (I used several handfuls chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste
Dry mashed potato flakes (optional)
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Cook sausage until done. Drain and set aside. In same pot, cook
bacon and leave drippings. Cook onion and
garlic in the drippings until onions are translucent. This won’t take long.
Add back sausage and bacon. Add
broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, lower to a gentle boil and cook until
potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Stir in cream and heat through. Stir in kale and cook a bit. Adjust
seasonings. If you think the soup is too thin,
start adding a little bit of dry mashed potato flakes. Sprinkle with
cheese and serve.
Tips from Rita’s garden: Good for you!
Kale is nutrient dense with lots of fiber, calcium, iron and vitamins.
Lacinato or alligator kale as the kids call it, is more mild in flavor than
regular kale.

Potatoes contain vitamin C, good for immune system health

Garlic and onions are heart-healthy additions to this soup.


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