Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana
Updated: Jan 10
Here’s the recipe that I based my soup on. I made a couple of changes, partly because I had pre-cooked potatoes, and partly because I wondered if sausage and bacon wasn’t overkill. So I omitted the bacon. I think I might include it in the future, just for a somewhat richer flavor.
I thought this was good. It wasn’t fantastic and not as good as at the OG, but good enough for a satisfying meal (and leftovers), and I’ll definitely be making it again.
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1½ tsp crushed red peppers [I used less because I used hot Italian sausage]
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbsp bacon pieces [I omitted the bacon, but I might use some in the future]
2 tsp garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes of chicken bouillon [instead of the water+bouillon, I used 8 cups of chicken broth]
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
¼ of a bunch of kale [I used more kale, partly because I wanted more nutrition in the soup, and partly because I wasn’t sure what I’d do with leftover kale.]
Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!