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Zupa Toscana

May 18, 2015
We are dealing with soup weather right now, people. 
 
And boy, am I happy to oblige. You will be too with this recipe. 

Have you ever been to Olive Garden before?

I actually had never eaten at Olive Garden until I was taken there on a date in high school. 

My family never ate out much… but when you have a mom that cooks like Famous Julie does, it doesn’t really matter.

Anyway, this is a soup made famous by Olive Garden. Everyone and their dog seems to love it, and I’m sure you will, too. 

Also, this is a soup you can feel good about feeding to your family because it has kale in it! 

Kale IS a superfood ya know. 

I guess you could feed it to your dog too because of the sausage. But… I wouldn’t really recommend that. 

I know the importance of feeding my family healthy food. The other night I was feeling pretty crappy about myself because I had just fed my family waffles for dinner. You know, those fried batter things covered in butter and syrup? Yeah… proud mom moment. 

Later that evening Mr. T brought the mail in and I had received a package from an undisclosed recipient. The package contained a shirt that said “weekends are for waffles” in bold print. 

It had come at the perfect time. 

It restored my faith in humanity. 

And brinner.

 

Copycat Olive Garden Zupa Toscana - It's pretty much the reason for soup weather.

Copycat Olive Garden Zupa Toscana
This might be the only way you'll get kale down your kid's throats. And guess what.... they'll like it.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  2. 4-5 slices bacon, chopped
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups chicken stock
  6. 4 cups water
  7. 2 large russet potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thin, cut in triangles
  8. 4 cups fresh roughly chopped kale, tough stems removed
  9. 1 cup cream or whole milk
  10. Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat a large soup pot. Add chopped bacon and fry for just a few minutes. Add sausage and chopped onion. Brown sausage while breaking it up with a spoon. When sausage is done, add garlic and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes more. Then add chicken stock and water. Add potatoes and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until potaotes are tender. Add kale and let it wilt in the soup. Turn soup to a simmer and add cream. Heat though, but don't bring to a boil again. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
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Copycat Olive Garden Zupa Toscana - It's pretty much the reason for soup weather.

 

Turns out the shirt was sent by Famous Julie. 

She always knows how to bring a smile to my face. 

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