Introduction: Zuppa Tuscana Olive Garden, Hack

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My wife and I love the Zuppa Touscana soup at Olive Garden. This is our version, enjoy!

Step 1: Ingredients

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Italian sausage sweet, mild or hot
1 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
2 containers of chicken broth
6-8 cups of potatoes, cut into one inch pieces
At least 1 bunch of kale
3/4 cup of heavy cream or 1 can of evaporated milk.

Spices to taste:
crushed red pepper
black pepper
garlic salt

Step 2: Cooking

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Brown the sausage in a large pot. Add the diced onion and garlic when the sausage is nearly done. Next add the two containers of chicken broth along with the cut up potatoes. Make sure the potatoes are fully covered - if not add water until they are. Cook the entire pot until the potatoes are soft and tender. Remove from heat source and add in the kale, lightly stirring until all pieces are fully covered and turn bright green. Now, add in your heavy cream and gently mix until the soup is a consistent milky color. Lastly add your spices as desired.

Step 3: Enjoy!

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A really delicious treat! We make it thicker than Olive Garden and add way more kale. Hope you enjoy!

Comments

ctgypsy (author)2016-02-02

It's better (and faster) to use Russet potatoes - you'll only need 3 large ones, and use a mandoline to slice them. One they've been sliced, they take only about 10 minutes to cook. Don't use more than 1 1/2-tsp of red pepper flakes or it will be far too spicy hot, and only 2 Tbsp of minced garlic or garlic paste. I also find that using a blend of 4 sweet sausage links to 2 hot sausage links (remove casings and cook as ground sausage) adds to the flavor. Don't use evap milk, the original recipe calls for 1-cup of heavy cream ONLY. And no additional salt or pepper is needed at all per the original recipe. Fresh kale can be used, but 1 package of frozen kale works even better, and no chopping involved.

nwaskow (author)2015-01-17

can't wait to try it! toscana is the best soup ever!

to'bryant (author)nwaskow2015-01-17

I know you enjoy it, everyone who has had mine says they love it.

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