I mentioned I went to lunch with my sisters while I was in Utah. We headed to Olive Garden for the soup and salad. I tried the Gnocchi soup, which was really good. My sisters had some of this, which is also one of my favorites. Since soup in the winter time is an awesome thing, I thought I would give this a try. It's good stuff...especially if you have Olive Garden breadsticks to eat with it. We didn't have those...just biscuits, but it was good just the same. The website where I originally found this is now gone, so I can't give credit.
Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
- 12 spicy Italian sausage links (I used about 3/4 pound hot Italian "sausage" we had made from the elk this year. It doesn't taste quite like real porky Italian sausage, but it worked OK)
- 6 slices bacon
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1 quart water
- 2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, then cut in 1/4" slices
- 2 cups kale leaves, cut in half, then sliced (I substituted spinach, mostly because I don't want to spend an hour and a half chewing my soup)
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (I substituted half and half)
Slice and brown sausage links. Drain and set aside. Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add chicken brother, water and potatoes. Simmer for about 15 minutes. (In my experience it doesn't take this long.) Add sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 5 minutes and serve. Makes 5-6 servings, depending on if the people eating it are hungry teenage boys or not.