Ready in 1 hour
This soup is hearty and goes well with breadsticks. It is a great stand-alone meal for those with bigger bowls!
"I used to work at Olive Garden - for a breif 2 weeks lol. I loved this soup. I have to say, this copy cat recipe comes dangerously close! I used hot italian sausage, which added a nice kick - but unfortunately lead to an unpresentable layer or red film atop my soup. Once, cooled, i was able to peal it away for the left overs... but make sure to drain appropriately if guests are comming. I also added some traditional itialian seasonings to the broth (Thyme, Marjoram, a bit of oregano, and a bay leaf)... it seemed like they would be needed. And they were. All in all, 5 stars. "- ginablondie1016
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Scrub potatoes and use peeler to peel off skin in stripes; Peel and dice onions; Open cans of Broth; Peel Kale leaves from the stalk and lightly chop, discarding the stalks.
In pan, saute Italian sausage until slightly browned. Add crushed red pepper ONLY if a spicier flavor is desired. Drain excess fat and place in bowl. Refrigerate while preparing other ingredients.
In same pan, saute bacon. Remove and crumble; set aside. Save 1 tablespoon of grease and use it to saute the onions, and garlic for approximately 15 minutes or until onions are soft and clear.
In pot, add broth and onion mixture; cook through until boiling on medium high heat.
Add potatoes and kale, cover, and cook on Medium High until soft..about 30 minutes.
Add cream, crumbled bacon, sausage; simmer 4 minutes and serve.
Serving Size: Approximately 1 1/2 cup
I modified this recipe to find that perfect match of the Olive Garden's flavor. This recipe takes a while to prepare, but is worth the time and effort.
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alltherave 2 months agoUnbelievable!!!!!! This soup is even better than the Olive Garden!!! Definitely worth trying!
masonmoose 3 months agoThis was GREAT!! I added more potatoes, kale and meat to make it a chunky soup!!! We will be having this again. I thought it was better then Olive Gardens, with it being chunky!!!!
onidragon 5 months ago
michellebolhuis 5 months agoWe have made this several times. It is always good! Why go to the Olive Garden? I have also taken this to work for a potluck and it was very good.
Sandi4 7 months agoOur version of this soup is very similar except we use Hormel bacon bits or pieces, less mess and less time. We also use alot more potatoes and kale. My children love it!
theresaluu 9 months agoExcellent recipe. Followed this exactly and the flavor came out great! Will be making this again next week. Thanks so much for sharing!
janelllawyer 9 months agoTaste just like Olive Garden's! Very Good!
mogriff1 9 months agoWow! I felt like I was at Olive Garden eating this soup! Although, I did make a few changes... I was proactive reading the prior comments about this soup being bland so I added onion salt, garlic salt, white pepper and regular salt to the base. I added a bay leaf, extra red pepper and doubled the garlic. I only used about 35 ounces of chicken stock with 16 ounces of water. I will make this soup again and again with the changes I made.
ginablondie1016 9 months agoI used to work at Olive Garden - for a breif 2 weeks lol. I loved this soup. I have to say, this copy cat recipe comes dangerously close! I used hot italian sausage, which added a nice kick - but unfortunately lead to an unpresentable layer or red film atop my soup. Once, cooled, i was able to peal it away for the left overs... but make sure to drain appropriately if guests are comming. I also added some traditional itialian seasonings to the broth (Thyme, Marjoram, a bit of oregano, and a bay leaf)... it seemed like they would be needed. And they were. All in all, 5 stars.
Chrisfox 10 months agoAmazing soup-will definitely make over and over again.
Hmstarbuck 10 months ago
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achristman 11 month agoTry using chicken base with water instead of broth. It's more flavorful and cheaper.
janelllawyer 11 month agoTaste just like Olive Garden!
mattlasz 1 year agoBad ass!!!
sarahbaker2 1 year ago
michellebolhuis 1 year agoWe loved it! Will definitely make again on a cold Colorado evening. Just as good if not better then Olive Garden. I used Red Cayenne Pepper instead of the crush red pepper flakes.
MiskMask 1 year agoThis recipe was great! I did make a few changes in the process out of habit and convenience, I also added salt and pepper to taste. It was perfect! Just like Olive Garden's.
ruthannblyther 1 year agoloved
cathysmith3 1 year agoVery very good