Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana (It's spot on)

The Zuppa Toscana is the only thing I get when I go to the Olive Garden. Well, that and the Calamari aka "Sea Creatures".  Looking at it, it looks simple enough and boy it is simple! And at around $4 a batch, it rivals going out. So, here is my take on Zuppa.
½ lb. Italian Sausage
1 Medium Onion-diced
2-3 Baked (or nuked) Potatoes-yes baked!
3 Cloves Garlic-minced
9 C. Water
3 T. Chicken Bullion
*Salt to taste
3 C. Chopped Kale
½ C. Milk
Crushed Red Pepper
Brown the sausage and onion in soup pot.  Drain off extra fat or you can even rinse it with water if you really want to get rid of extra calories. Add potatoes, garlic, water, bullion & salt.  Bring to a simmer and add kale. When kale is tender add milk and serve. Crushed red pepper can be added to individual bowls to taste. Tastes really close to the real thing.
*Some bullions have a lot of salt so taste your broth before you salt it.



2 comments:

Robin said...

This is my favorite soup from Olive Garden! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for the recipe!

Cindy said...

It's mine too. And I love it even more now that I can feed my whole family it for around $5. :)