Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Wedding Soup
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
Yield: 8 Ready in 1 hours, 30 minutes
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|1/4 teaspooncrushed red pepper; use only if a spicier flavor is desired|
|1/2 poundOwens Italian Sausage; crumbled|
|1 eachwhite onion; diced|
|2 teaspoonsGarlic; minced|
|230 ounceschicken broth; (4 Large 49.5 oz cans and a 32 ounce box)|
|2 eachlarge baking potatoes; scrubbed, peeled in stripes, and cubed|
|1/2 cupheavy whipping cream|
|1 bunchkale; lightly chopped and packed, can substitute with escarole|
Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Wedding Soup Preparation
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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