YumYum Divas YumYum Recipes: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana, contributed by TwinLakesChef

Recipe Title: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Contributed by: TwinLakesChef

Note from the Diva
Notes
This is one classic you do not want to miss. You may wish to add a half
teaspoon of fennel seed to this.

List of Ingredients
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana I

1 1/2 C. spicy sausage links -- 12
2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, and then cut into 1/4" slices
3/4 C. onions, diced
6 slices bacon
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 C. kale leaves, but in half, then sliced
2 T. chicken base
1 qt. water
1/3 C. heavy whipping cream

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana II

Notes
This is my personal recipe for this. You may wish to add about a half teaspoon fennel to this for an added taste.

1 lb. Italian Sausage
2 large Russet Baking Potatoes sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
1 large Onion, chopped
1/2 can. Oscar Meyer Real Bacon Bits (these are less fatty than real bacon)
2 cloves garlic minced
2 C. Kale or Swiss chard chopped
2 cans Chicken Broth
1 qt. Water
1 C. Heavy Whipping Cream

Preparation
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana I
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place sausage links onto a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until done; cut in half length-wise, then cut at an angle into 1/2 inch slices.

Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Remove bacon and crumble. Add garlic to the onions and cook an additional 1-minute. Add chicken base, water, and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream.
Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana II

Remove sausage from casings; fry in a pan, breaking up the sausage.

Drain on paper towels.

Place onions, potatoes, chicken broth, water, garlic in pot, and cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.

Add sausage, bacon, salt, and pepper to taste, and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Turn to low heat, add kale and cream.

Heat through and serve.

Cookbook Category
Soup-Hot

General Cooking/Prep Method
Bake
Stovetop

Recipe Type - Categories
Copycat Recipe

Extra Features of Recipe
Difficulty Level-Moderate

Good for Season/Celebration/Holiday
Winter

Tested & Approved Recipe
Yes!

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