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.
- 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!