Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Zuppa Toscana is filled with hearty potatoes, sausage, bacon, and kale for a filling soup. Serve with breadsticks, just like Olive Garden.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1pound ground Italian sausage
- 8slices bacon (diced)
- 1medium yellow onion (diced)
- 2cloves garlic (minced)
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3cups chicken stock
- 3large russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
- ½cup heavy cream
- ½bunch kale (chopped)
- For Serving
- Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated)
Step 1Gather your ingredients.
Step 2Break up the sausage into a large, heavy-bottomed pot, like a dutch oven . Heat over high, and cook until browned all over and cooked through, stirring occasionally to break up the sausage further if you wish, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 3Use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage from the pot and set aside, leaving the fat drippings in the pot. Add the diced bacon to the pot and cook over high, stirring frequently, until the bacon is crisped and browned.
Step 4Remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat behind. If there is excess grease (use your best judgment), pour off some from the pan. Add the onions, salt, and pepper to the bacon grease in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for two minutes or until the onions are just slightly softened. They will continue to cook in the broth.
Step 5Add the flour and cook, stirring to coat the onions, for about one minute.
Step 6Add the chicken stock and stir to incorporate the broth into the onions and flour. Cook over medium heat until just warmed through.
Step 7Return the sausage and bacon to the pot along with the potatoes. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are softened.
Step 8Remove the soup from the heat, then stir in the cream and kale. The hot broth will wilt the kale without overcooking it and make it lose its color. Do not overcook. Taste, and add more salt and pepper to your liking.
Step 9Serve the soup immediately with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over top (Just like at Olive Garden.) and enjoy.