Zuppa Toscana like Olive Garden

2lbs hot bulk italian sausage
2 lbs potatoes
3 cups half and half
hot chili’s to taste
1/2 cup ham for the smokiness
2 cups chicken stock
14 cups of water
1 bunch of kale
2 small cubes chicken boulionne(sp)
shake of tony’s while sausage is cooking
1 large diced onion
2 cloves garlic

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

In the same pan, sautee bacon, onions and garlic for approxiamtly 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
Mix together the chicken bouillon and water, then add it to the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook until boiling.

Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
Add heavy cream and cook until thoughouly heated.
Stir in the sausage.
Add kale just before serving. Sprinkle with lots of cheese.Delicious!

Supposedly this is the original Olive Garden recipe that has been scaled down, if anyone is interested,

Pat


Zuppa Toscana

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! :slight_smile:
Makes: 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS
• 1 lb ground Italian sausage
• 1½ tsp crushed red peppers
• 1 large diced white onion
• 4 Tbsp bacon pieces
• 2 tsp garlic puree
• 10 cups water
• 5 cubes of chicken bouillon
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
• ¼ of a bunch of kale

  1. Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain
    excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic for approximately 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!

Bon appetito!

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