Friday, September 12, 2008

Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Wedding Soup

This great olive garden soup recipe is hearty and goes well with breadsticks. A great stand-alone meal for those with bigger bowls! Try this great recipe...!

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper use only if a spicier flavor is desired
  • 230 ounces chicken broth (4 Large 49.5 oz cans and a 32 ounce box)
  • 1/2 pound Owens Italian Sausage crumbled
  • 2 each large baking potatoes scrubbed, peeled in stripes, and cubed
  • 6 each bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 each white onion diced
  • 1 bunch kale lightly chopped and packed, can substitute with escarole
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic


Scrub potatoes and use peeler to peel off skin in stripes; Peel and dice onions; Open cans of Broth; Peel Kale leaves from the stalk and lightly chop, discarding the stalks.
In pan, saute Italian sausage until slightly browned. Add crushed red pepper ONLY if a spicier flavor is desired. Drain excess fat and place in bowl. Refrigerate while preparing other ingredients.In same pan, saute bacon. Remove and crumble; set aside. Save 1 tablespoon of grease and use it to saute the onions, and garlic for approximately 15 minutes or until onions are soft and clear.In pot, add broth and onion mixture; cook through until boiling on medium high heat.Add potatoes and kale, cover, and cook on Medium High until soft..about 30 minutes.
Add cream, crumbled bacon, sausage; simmer 4 minutes and the olive garden soup recipe is ready to serve....hmmm...mama mia...amazing taste..enjoy !

1 comment:

Monica said...

Hey! Ugh, good thing I found this post again! I just wanna send out my thanks for providing this recipe. We tried it in my best friend's wedding a year ago. One of the guest commented that this kind of recipe must really have a space in any wedding reception. Denver has great weather that time, as people were looking forward for some tasty soup as an appetizer. I'm tellin' you, as soon as the servers brought out the soup, people left the ballroom! Denver event center was a hit. I know it's kinda late. But still, thanks!