Hello World! Can you believe we are officially in the Fall season? With Fall comes a slew of dishes that only make their appearance in the Fall and Winter months. I have to admit, I love cold weather dishes. You know the kind that warms you from the inside out. This past Sunday before Little Dedicated and I watched “The Music Man”, I made a pot of Zuppa Toscana and put it on the stove to simmer. I think everyone pretty much knows that Zuppa Toscana is one of Olive Garden’s signature soups. It really is an amazing and filling soup. I originally found the recipe on Food.com. But, I have tweaked it here and there. One of my favorite ingredients in the soup is kale. I love kale and especially love all of the health benefits it provides. I always get a little boost of energy after eating kale and some of the other super foods such as fatty fish and turmeric. Did you know that fatty fish and turmeric are top of the list for brain foods this year? Avocados and berries of course made the list as well. Definitely some of my favorite foods. Okay, back to Zuppa Toscana!
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 3-4 large russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then 1/4 inch slices
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup bacon bits
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups kale
- 2 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Sauté onions and garlic in your soup pot with some butter until tender and fragrant.
- Add sausage to your soup pot and brown with the onion and garlic.
- Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir. Bring to a boil.
- Add potatoes, bring to a boil, then turn heat down to medium and cook until potatoes are done.
- Add bacon.
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Turn burner down to low heat.
- Add kale and cream. Simmer for a bit, stirring occasionally.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Personal Preference: I usually get a package of medium heat sausage and one package of sweet sausage. If you don't want to use so much cream, let your potatoes cook down until they turn mushy. This will add the creamy consistency you will be looking for. Also, I use more kale and cream than the recipe calls for. We like our kale and cream!
Do let me know if you made it and if you have tweaked the recipe a bit.
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Happy first day of Fall!! Have a glorious day/night depending on where you are in the world! Go with God and remember to be kind to one another!
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