Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tasty Tuesday's - Zuppa Toscana

It feels cold today, even in Texas. I thought I would share my cold weather favorite, Zuppa Toscana. This is pretty close to the Olive Garden recipe but I make my soup super hearty.


1 lb ground sausage
1 tsp red pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 Tbsp bacon pieces
1 tsp garlic powder
10 cups water (this water stays in the soup, so make sure to measure it out.)
5 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
5 or 6 potatoes
¼ of a bunch of kale

Sautee and crushed red pepper in pot. You can either buy Italian sausage or use your favorite Italian seasonings to spice it up a bit. Drain excess fat and set aside. In the same pan, sauté bacon, green onions and garlic for approximately 15 mins until cooked through. Mix together the chicken bouillon and water in a large pot, 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 thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage.
Add kale just before serving.

To make this soup really hearty, I add tons and tons of potatoes and sasuage. If you are more of a soupy person, just add what the recipe calls for. I hope you like it. It is delicious!


Emily said...

So it is very possible that my little family may be heading down that way... and I'm way nervous. I have no idea what to expect not knowing ANYONE (except my parents, which are the reason we are thinking about it)... Any advice?

Steve and Ashley said...

You are gods gift to my stomach with this one Debi. I am so excited to try it. The Zuppa is my favorite!! Love you!!

Tera said...

I finally tried to make this yesterday, and it turned out perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe. It will now be on my menu permanently.