Friday, September 26, 2008

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Soup)


I received a delightful email from a friend the other day with an attached 478-page recipe book full of restaurant recipes - anything from A&W's Onion Rings to York Peppermint Patties and everything in-between. I quickly scrolled to the O section.

Olive Garden.

Zuppa Toscana.

Been dying to try it for well over a year now.

Finally, I put the obscure ingredients (not really - just the kale) on a grocery list and sent Armando for the goods.

It turned out DELICIOUS! I would highly recommend this recipe.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup onions, diced 1/8 inch
1 slice bacon, 1/4-inch diced
1 1/4 tsp garlic cloves, minced
1 ounce chicken boullion
1 quart water
2 medium potatoes, cut in half length-wise then cut in 1/4 inch slices (do not peel)
2 cups cavallo greens (kale can be substituted), cut in half, then sliced into 1/16-inch strips
1 1/2 cups sausage link - spicy, pre-cooked, cut in half-length-wise, then cut at an angle into 1/2-inch slices
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Place sausage link onto sheet pan and bak in 300 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.

Place onions and bacon into 3 to 4 quart sauce pan and cook onions over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add chicken bouillon, water and potatoes, bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients then simmer for 5 more minutes and serve.

Recipe courtesy Insider's Recipes Master Edition.

**These are just some changes I made or would make to the recipe next time.
  • I substituted the sausage link (yuck) for ground sausage. This time I used regular. Armando claimed it lacked any kick. I now have a pound of frozen HOT ground sausage in the freezer waiting for the next time I try the recipe.
  • I used the kale. It worked perfect.
  • This recipe calls for heavy whipping cream. I don't think it needs it. Milk would suffice.
If you'd like a copy of this recipe book, just leave me a comment along with your email address and I'll send it to you.

11 comments:

ACSanchez said...

You know my email...I'd love the recipe book!

Jessica said...

Sounds delicious! We'll be trying this soon! Thanks!

Christian & Jennifer said...

Oh, yeah! Send it to me, please! This looks delicious!

A. Swensen said...

Please send me the email! I love good recipes!

Lilly said...

it sounded great til i got to the lactose part....dang it. i wish i could eat like you. happy cooking.

satomblablabla said...

umm... yes please!

Kristine said...

So, are you still sending out copies of all those recipes? I would love to have it if you are.

I found you via Lindy's blog.
My email address is: pnkjohn@yahoo.com

Thanks.

Ben said...

I'd love a copy of the recipes, thankyou! ~Jessica

Pamdamodem said...
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Pamdamodem said...

Hi.. thanks so much for this recipe... and would love the recipe e-book thanks.. Pamdamodem

Ben said...

Yum! Send me the book! :)