Is there anything better than hot soup on a cold winter day? Maybe it not being a cold winter day. Weather changes aside, I say nothing. And nothing beats the chills with a down-home-comfort-food vibe like Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. Which, of course, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a copycat for you that’s quick, easy to follow, and OMG so good!
It’s a great source of fiber, protein, calcium and vitamin D when you can’t get it from going outside! Is it any wonder it makes us feel so great? Oh, and did I mention you can freeze it?
|Serves||Prep Time||Cook Time||Total Time|
|6||20 min||45 min||1 h 05 min|
- 1 lb. Hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 6 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 1 bunch curly kale
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 4 slices cooked bacon
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Kosher salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- Wash and prep your veggies and removing casing from sausage. Mince garlic, halve, peel, and dice onions into ¼ in pieces, dice potatoes into ½ in pieces, remove kale leaves from stem and roughly chop.
- In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up into crumbles until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
- While sausage cooks, cook bacon in a separate pan. Transfer sausage and bacon to a paper towel covered plate to drain.
- Wipe out pot used for sausage and add onion. Let cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken broth and potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.
- Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 3 minutes. Once tender, stir in heavy cream, sausage, and bacon and simmer 5 minutes more.
- Season with pepper, garnish with parmesan, and serve.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 36.8g||47%|
|Saturated Fat 14.8g||74%|
|Total Carbohydrate 46g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 7.4g||26%|
|Total Sugars 4.5g|
|Vitamin D 8mcg||39%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
- Serve with Italian bread and salad, just like at Olive Garden!
- This soup freezes well for up to 2 months and does well in the fridge for up to 5 days (but expect some separation as it cools!)