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I love Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup and this is my take on it.  I'm not sure all they use, but I used what I like and I am happy with the result.  It is a pretty easy soup that doesn't have too many ingredients involved, and if I can make it, you sure can.  Take a look and if there are veggies you like, try adding them in!

Step 1: Ingredients

This is a pretty basic soup.  Prep time is around 10 minutes and cook time is 20 minutes.  It serves about 6 people.  FYI: We didn't eat it all and stored the leftovers in the fridge and the next day the chicken broth fat looked pretty gross floating on the top of the soup, but it reheated just fine.  Just beware if you have leftovers, they won't look pretty.

Ingredients:
  • Potatoes - 8 red potatoes
  • Carrots - 5
  • Chicken Broth - 49 1/2 oz
  • Italian Sausage - 12 oz
  • Half and Half - 1/2 cup
  • Crushed Red Pepper (not shown)

Supplies:
  • Dutch Oven
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Measuring Cup
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Step 2: Prepare Veggies

Time to prep your veggies.  I chose to cut my potatoes in a half and then cut them in thin pieces.  You don't want them too big because it will take them too long to cook through and they will be too big to eat. (Think of it as one or two potato pieces per spoonful when you eat.)

For the carrots, I first cleaned and pealed them.  Then I held them by one end and shaved off pieces from about the center to the end and put them in a bowl.  I stopped shaving when I got to the hard center of the carrot.  I used five carrots, but they were five pathetic carrots so you may not even need that many, depending on how many carrots you want in your soup.

Step 3: Cook Meat

Put a little vegetable oil into your dutch oven and start heating it up on the stove.  Add in your ground italian sausage and cook.  I added in crushed red pepper flakes when it was just about done, but you can add it earlier on if you want.  I just did a few shakes.  You can add as much as you want depending on your amount of meat.

After it is cooked, take it out and put it in a bowl off to the side.

Step 4: Cook

Put your dutch oven back on the heat and pour in your chicken broth.  You are going to heat that on high until it boils.

Once boiling, add everything in.  (Meat, Potatoes, Carrots)  (Becarefull not to splash yourself with the boiling broth, I did and it hurt a lot.)  Mix it up and make sure everything is covered by the broth.  Turn it down to simmer and cover.  Let it sit on the stove and cook for 20 minutes.

Step 5: Add Half and Half and Enjoy

After 20 minutes, check to make sure the potatoes are cooked.  If they aren't, let it cook a few more minutes.

Once it is all cooked, turn the burner on low and take half a cup of half and half and stir it in.  You don't need to leave it cooking for much longer.  You just want to make sure the soup is still hot after adding in the cold half and half.

Now eat!

Enjoy!
What a beautiful soup. The only thing I would add is spinach.... YUM!
Thanks! That's the nice thing, you can just keep adding vegetables and make it your perfect soup!
This looks delicious as is but if you want to match the Olive Garden Zuppa Tuscano, you need to add crumbled bacon and kale. Throw the cooked and crumbled bacon in (about four slices) when you add the sausage. I tear the kale into bite sized chunks and add it when I add the cream (or half and half). Cook just long enough for the kale to turn bright green and serve.
my olive garden doesn't add bacon...but kale sounds wonderful with this
That's what I was thinking... ;)
You have sucha great mind. ;-)
That you do!
You two... ;)
This is my absolute favorite soup ever - can't wait to make your recipe! I just need to buy a whole chicken and make broth again. I don't like to use the can stuff too much. :) Thank you for the recipe!
How yummy looking!!! And since we went from 80 degrees F down to 35 and snowing I think it would be a really nice warm you up kind of soup! It looks similar to the zuppa toscana rendition that olive garden sells, minus the spinach (bajablue has a great idea in adding some!). Course nothing can outdo a homemade soup, and certainly not Olive Garden's attempts at Italian food. <br>I am with the others who complimented your stock pot, it looks so pretty and I absolutely LOVE green! I want one. Since a wedding gift would be out of the question, think I might let my mom see it and mention my birthday is only 4 1/2 months away LOL! <br>Think I will have to try this recipe out TODAY!
I hope you get the pot and I hope you make this soup once you have it :D (Though I am in love with Olive Garden, I can't help it, I just love pasta!) This is an amazing soup!
I think it is very healthy.
This looks so good! I also like the pot! So pretty.
Thanks, it was a wedding gift! It is pretty awesome looking :)
It is! I like the bright shade of green. Is it porcelain coated? I have often wondered how easy the pan is to clean if it is porcelain.
Ohhhhh potatoes. Nothing better.
I quite agree.

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