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Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Here in Minnesota we had our first snow fall this weekend. Nothing major. Just a dusting here in the twin cities that made for a perfect weekend to stay in to do some home cooking. It’s definitely soup weather and a good time to try a new recipe. We’ve read that this is a copy cat recipe for the Zuppa Toscana that they service at Olive Garden. Now we’ve never had this soup there so we have nothing to compare it to but this recipe turned out pretty damn good. This was super easy to whip together with simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 8 slices of bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion (We used a white onion)
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy cream

First peel and cube potatoes. Yukon gold potatoes were use but you can use russet potatoes instead. For measurement reference, it was about 3 cups of cubes potatoes. Wash and remove stems from kale. Then roughly chop the kale and set aside along with potatoes.

Brown sausage in a large pot or dutch oven (no oil needed) over medium heat.  Remove and set the sausage aside when done. In the same pot, add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon and set aside as well. Do not remove the bacon drippings. Now, add onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Then add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add chicken broth, water, potatoes and red pepper flakes. Bring this all to a boil. Lower to simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Add cooked sausage.

Add chopped kale.

Stir and simmer for another 10 minutes, uncovered.

Stir in the heavy cream and heat through for 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste. At this point you can stir in the bacon or to avoid soggy bacon, top each individual bowl with the crumbles like we did to enjoy the crispiness.

This soup was a little on the spicy side which we liked. If spice isn’t your thing, feel free to use regular Italian sausage and omit the red pepper flakes. Looking to make this keto friendly? Try it with cauliflower instead of potatoes. Enjoy!

Forgotten Chicken Recipe

We’re into the first week of fall. The weather is starting to cool down so we thought what a perfect time to have some comfort food. Forgotten chicken is a simple mix and dump recipe. Why is it called Forgetting Chicken? You place this dish into the oven and forget about it until your house is filled with the aroma of deliciousness. This recipe can literally feed a family of 6 generously. We make such a large batch because the left overs are amazing. Thank us later!

Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs converted rice
  • 4 cans of cream of chicken
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom
  • 1 can cream of celery
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 packs of onion soup mix
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter roasting pan (we used a 18 inch oval pan which has a 9 quart capacity). In a large bowl combine rice, all cans of soup, chicken broth and black pepper. Note: We used one larger can of cream of chicken because it was what we had on hand. Total, you’ll want 7 10.5oz cans of soup. Feel free to mix and match to your liking but cream of chicken tends to add the best flavor.

Dump the rice and soup mixture into the roasting pan. Coat the chicken thighs with one packet of onion soup mix.

You’ll then place the chicken thighs on top of the rice-soup mixture and give it a little nudge to semi submerge the thighs into the rice mixture.

Top everything with the second packet of onion soup mix. Cover with lid on and place into the oven and forget about it! But really, don’t forget about it because fire hazard, ya know. Bake this for no longer than 3 hours. At 2.5 hours this should be done but at 3 you’ll get a nice crisp, buttery edge.

We hope you enjoy this recipe!