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Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana

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13 review(s) averaging 4.2. 100% would make again

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This is a much requested recipe on the site given its name! Someone who used to work at the Olive Garden sent in the original recipe and I've adapted it to serve just 6-8. Try it since it is really yummy!

It is a very good soup and hits the spot on cold winter days. I've included this and a few other Olive Garden-inspired recipes on the site for all of our visitors that enjoy eating at the restaurant chain. In my opinion, making these recipes at home makes them even better than the ones you eat at the restaurant! :)

"I did take a few liberties in making this. I used vegetarian sausage mix and added Italian sausage spices to make my own "vegetarian Italian sausage". I also made my own version of a non-dairy cream, and of course my own homemade chicken-less bullion. Health problems can bring a person to be creative in their cooking. LOL! The end result was absolutely incredible. I don't see how this can only serve 6. I have two teenage boys and they went back for seconds so we ate 6 servings and still had over half left! I am definitely making this again after hockey games this winter. "

- cooksalot1995

Ingredients

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1 pound ground Italian sausage; drained
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red peppers
1 large diced white onion
4 tablespoons bacon pieces
2 teaspoons garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound sliced Russet potatoes; or about 3 large potatoes
1/4 bunch kale

Original recipe makes 6 Servings

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Original recipe makes 6 Servings Servings

Preparation

You've adjusted the recipe from 6 Servings (as originally posted) to 6 Servings. The ingredients above reflect 6 Servings, but the instructions reflect the as-posted 6 Servings. You may need to adjust the times, temperatures or quantities mentioned in the recipe below as needed.

1. Saute Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

2. In the same pan, saut? bacon, onions and garlic for approxiamtly 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.

3. Mix together the chicken bouillon and water, then add it to the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook until boiling.

4. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.

5. Add heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated.

6. Stir in the sausage.

7. Add kale just before serving. Delicious!

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This soup came out wonderfully! Wanting plenty of leftovers, I doubled the recipe -- big mistake. My largest soup pot barely held it all. Even though I deviated a bit from the posted recipe -- added more onion and potato than required, and used low-sodium chicken stock -- the taste was spot-on to what I enjoy at Olive Garden. Thank you so much for posting the recipe!!
JonWestcot 5 months ago
I wanted to make a lighter version and use up all my kale, so I also increased liquids. Slight changes were that I used chicken Italian sausage, turkey bacon bits, 3 cloves garlic, an extra cup of both water and broth, 1.5 C fat free half-n-half, and 1 lb kale. I also added a can of rinsed white beans at the end. I could've used even more liquid since I used so much kale, but it was delicious and hit the spot!
Ksbebe 7 months ago
JAUER 1 year ago
dannim98 1 year ago
I have made this soup several times for work vet togethers and always one of the first bind ti disappear so that is about 20 excellents for the price of one
Gerald_Frederick 1 year ago
Very good. I used mild sausage, next time I will use hot as it didn't seem as spicy as olive gardens.
kladamski 1 year ago
I did take a few liberties in making this. I used vegetarian sausage mix and added Italian sausage spices to make my own 'vegetarian Italian sausage'. I also made my own version of a non-dairy cream, and of course my own homemade chicken-less bullion. Health problems can bring a person to be creative in their cooking. LOL! The end result was absolutely incredible. I don't see how this can only serve 6. I have two teenage boys and they went back for seconds so we ate 6 servings and still had over half left! I am definitely making this again after hockey games this winter.
cooksalot1995 1 year ago
tolivieri 2 years ago
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