Friday, November 22, 2013

Zuppa Toscana, (Copycat Olive Garden recipe)

Ready for another Copycat Olive Garden soup recipe?  Their soups are delicious, and this might be the best one.  My husband says it is.  He says this ties with his all-time favorite soup:  Vegetable Chowder.  Believe me, people, that's saying something!!

Zuppa Toscana
1 lb Italian sausage (can use pork, turkey or chicken sausage)
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2  cup white wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste- these are very hot!)
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups fresh kale, chopped
3 more cups chicken broth
3 cups water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large soup pot, crumble the sausage and cook until well done.  Remove the sausage from the pan, but leave the drippings.  In the drippings, cook the onion until tender and translucent.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and blend and cook for another minute or two.  Add the 1/2 cup wine or broth and stir and scrape to deglaze the pan. It will make a delicious smelling reddish onion mush.   Add the potatoes, kale, chicken broth, water, and cooked sausage.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the potatoes are done.  It will take about 20 minutes or so.  Stir in the cream and salt and pepper.   Blend well and heat, but do not boil.   Serve.

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