Sunday, January 3, 2010

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Copycat Recipe

My favorite thing to eat at Olive Garden is not the pasta dishes or even their famous salad, although the chocolate lasagna is pretty high up there! My favorite dish is actually their Zuppa Toscana Soup. It's a potato soup with crumbled italian sausage and kale. I love love love it! I did some research online and there are all sorts of copycat recipes out there for this soup. After looking over these I came up with my own version of the soup. It's so close that I don't think that I could tell the difference. It's not a very thick soup but the flavors are great! My favorite part is actually the kale. I add a lot more kale than what is in the soup at the restaurant.

My version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

3 TBL butter
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBL flour
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 TBL sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
3 large potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced
1 lb italian sausage (I use the sweet)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cups chopped kale
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Parm cheese for garnish

Melt the butter over medium - high heat and saute the onion until translucent (about 8 - 10 min). Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually add the chicken stock while continuously stirring to incorporate the flour. Add the water, sugar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the potatoes and continue to cook over medium high heat.

In the meantime, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Remove the sausage from the casing and cook until sausage is cooked through. As you are stiring the sausage, make sure that it ends up in crumbles. Another hint to use to keep the sausage from burning before cooking all the way through is to add some water to the pan and allow for it to boil off. By the time that the liquid is gone, the sausage will have a little bit of time to brown. Once done, drain.

Add the sausage to the soup once the potatoes are just about done. Turn the heat to medium low. Add the kale and cook for 3 minutes until the kale is good and tender. Add the whipping cream and remove from the heat. Garnish with parm cheese.

1 comment:

Kayte said...

Thanks, going to try this one as well. You have such nice recipes on here...very family friendly. Thank you for sharing.