Hello dolls, so today I decided to experiment and make Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. It is definitely starting to look a lot like winter for us here in Texas. Why not make a soup to warm up my night? Every time I visit Olive Garden I must have this soup and I am so excited that I know how to make it now, but I am even more excited to share it with y’all.

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I was not a big fan of Italian sausage until I moved to Rhode Island for six months. In Boston/ Providence, there was Italian Sausage everywhere and it was very authentic and delicious. I wish we had that here in Texas. I got mine at Trader Joes along with the rest of my ingredients. I got spicy sausage because if you know me I don’t eat my food without some kind of spice in it.

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Prepping for the Zuppa Toscana is very simple and that is why it is my favorite. I never have time to cook anymore because of work. There are very few ingredients that are called for. I’ve always wanted to make a soup that calls for kale. My choice was to use the organic Tuscan kale. It has Vitamin A and C along with Calcium and Iron. It is a good addition to your diet. If you have leftovers and you want to save it for later you can refrigerate for five days. I am definitely looking forward to the next couple of days. I really hope you enjoy it and if you do make it please share it with me or comment and let me know how it turned out.

xoxo, Mary Alexius

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Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

1lb of Italian Hot Sausage

1/4 Tbsp of crushed red pepper

8 Ounces of chicken broth

1 Quart of water

1 Large onion, chopped

6 Red potatoes sliced

3 Garlic cloves

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Cups of Kale

1 Cup of heavy whipping cream

Grated Parmesan Cheese, for serving


Instructions

1. In medium soup pot brown Italian sausage with crushed red pepper, then drain.

2. Add Chicken broth and water into pot and stir.

3. Place garlic, onions, and chopped potatoes into the pot.

4. Cook on medium until potatoes are done.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste

6. Simmer for another 10 minutes

7. Turn on low heat

8. Add kale and cream

9. Heat through and serve

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