As you know, I lived in Canada before moving to Barbados. More specifically, I lived just an hour or so outside of Toronto. A few times a year I would take a girls’ shopping trip to either Buffalo, NY, or Erie, PA. The shopping was always better in the states (hello Target, Macy’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods!), and the oh so lucky Americans have the Olive Garden!
Most Canadians are deprived of the chance to eat at the Olive Garden regularly as there are only a few locations throughout the entire country. Which is sad, because nothing tops off a day of hard shopping better than a glass of wine with a delicious bowl of soup, and don’t forget those breadsticks!
So today I’m sharing a recipe that recreates an Olive Garden classic. The scrumptious zuppa toscana soup. It’s a hearty sausage, kale, and potato soup, and it’s so yummy! When I was in DC visiting Bre a few weeks ago, we whipped up a batch of this soup, and it certainly warmed us up after a chilly day.
The next time you’re in the mood for some Olive Garden zuppa toscana soup, try making it at home using this recipe instead. Grab a bowl, curl up on the couch, and enjoy!
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- 2 (8 oz) cans of chicken broth
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Brown the sausage in a soup pot.
- Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
- Place onions, potatoes, and garlic into pot.
- Cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender.
- Add bacon.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Turn heat to low.
- Add kale and cream.
- Heat through and serve.
- If you don't like kale, you can easily substitute swiss chard.
- If you love mushrooms, go ahead and add them as well.
Do you ever go to the Olive Garden?
What’s your favorite item on the menu?