Rich & Creamy Zuppa Toscana

There’s no shortage of copycat recipes of this popular Olive Garden soup. It’s rich, hearty and oh-so DELICIOUS! My version is a bit creamier, but you can add more broth if you want to thin it down. Also, you can substitute cauliflower for potatoes for a lower-carb version. Both ways are amzing!

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground mild or spicy regular or turkey Italian sausage
  • 8 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 32oz regular or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large russet potatoes, (about 3 cups) peeled and diced into dice-sized cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • 2 cups bite-sized pieces kale (stems removed)
  • Garnish: shredded parmesan cheese
  • Recipe

    Heat a large stockpot on medium-high heat. Crumble and cook the sausage until no longer pink and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. Wipe the grease from the pan if needed. Add chopped bacon to the pot, and cook until crispy. Remove from the pot and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. Add onion to the pot and cook 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook an additional minute. Sprinkle the flour into the pot, stir to combine well and cook 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth, add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to medium and gently boil for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Return the cooked sausage and bacon to the pot. Stir in the heavy cream, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and milk. Taste for balance of flavors and desired thickness and adjust as needed. Stir in the kale and simmer 3-5 minutes. Dish and garnish with shredded parmesan cheese.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 2 cups (serves 6): 351 calories, 22g fat, 21.5g carbs, 15.5g protein

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    There’s no shortage of copycat recipes of this popular Olive Garden soup. It’s rich, hearty and oh-so DELICIOUS! My version is a bit creamier, but you can add more broth if you want to thin it down. Also, you can substitute cauliflower for potatoes for a lower-carb version. Both ways are amzing!