One of my favorite restaurants of all time is Olive Garden. I know kinda cliché and totally generic but hey, it’s delicious and Italian food is always a good choice. I could absolutely eat Zuppa Toscana everyday all day, but to be honest it is really expensive to always be eating out, and could also be unhealthy of course. I was ecstatic when I found a recipe online for a copy cat version of this amazing potato soup, and with a couple of tweaks I was able to find a very close replica to the original. Below is everything you need to replicate this amazing and hearty soup:
- 1 lb of mild Italian Sausage
- 1.5 tsp of crushed red peppers (more if you like spicier food)
- 1 large diced white onion
- 4 diced slices of bacon
- 2 tsp of garlic (either minced, or puree)
- 10 cups of water
- 5 cubes of chicken seasoning (I use Knorr seasoning)
- 1 cup of Heavy Cream
- 1 lb of sliced russet potatoes (I like leaving the skins on)
- 1/4 of a bunch of 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.