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.
- 1 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 4-5 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups water
- 2 large russet potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thin, cut in triangles
- 4 cups fresh roughly chopped kale, tough stems removed
- 1 cup cream or whole milk
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- 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.
Turns out the shirt was sent by Famous Julie.
She always knows how to bring a smile to my face.