Friday, March 4, 2011

zuppa toscana

a few days ago a girl i follow on twitter linked to this recipe of a copycat of the olive garden's zuppa toscana soup. zuppa toscana - it's fun to say.
anyway, i knew i wanted to try it as soon as i clicked on the link.
so tonight i made it.
i've never cooked with kale before. 
it was delish!
a success - jude even perfected his self-feeding of soup skills.

olive garden copycat zuppa toscana
adapted from

1 lb italian sausage (i used mild and it was lovely)
5 small medium potatoes (or 2 large), sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup bacon bits
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2-3 cups kale, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 cup heavy cream

cook sausage in a 300 degree F oven for approximately 30 minutes.
cut the sausages into slices.
place onions, potatoes, broth, water, and garlic in pot and cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
add sausage and bacon.
salt and pepper to taste although i forgot to add this and it definitely did not need any more flavour - the sausage added plenty!
simmer for another 10 minutes.
turn to low heat.
add kale and cream.
heat through and serve with thickly sliced fresh bread. 

noah called this "milk soup" and decided the sausage was "spicy". i told him he has a spice sensitivity like his grandma (who was sitting beside him). he had no idea what that meant and repeated that he still thought the sausage was spicy. 


  1. did you just "psh" your 3 year old? hahaha! I love you you make me laugh

  2. Yum! Zuppa Toscana is my favorite soup at Olive Garden. I may have to give this recipe a try. :)


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