Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

February Ingredient: KaleIn case you haven’t gotten the memo, it’s KALE MONTH at Beauties and the Feast. I hadn’t discovered Kale until last summer when I joined my very first CSA (Acme Farms and Kitchen) and we got Kale almost every week. I can’t believe how lovely this little green plant is. It’s good in just about anything and is one of the best things you can put in your body. I spent at least a couple of hours researching Kale recipes. Then I finally decided on a copycat recipe for Zuppa Toscana, which is one of the yummy soups made by the Olive Garden. Yes, my friends, you can even find Kale at the Olive Garden.It's a simple soup to make, it turns out! Didn't take me very long and I loved how few ingredients I actually needed to buy. Kale seems to be good in just about anything!
Ingredients· 2 bunches Kale, torn Into Bite Sized Pieces· 12 whole Red Potatoes, Sliced Thin· 1 whole Onion, Chopped· 1-1/2 pound Italian Sausage· 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)· 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth· 2 cups Whole Milk· 4 cups Half-and-half· Splash Of Heavy Cream· Fresh Or Dried Oregano· Salt and Pepper To TasteDirectionsBoil the potatoes until tender, drain. Brown sausage with chopped onion in a large pot and drain as much grease as you can. Add Red Pepper Flakes, Dried Oregano and Salt and Pepper to the cooked Sausage. Add Chicken Broth, Whole Milk and Half and Half and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add potatoes and Kale. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes. Add a splash of heavy cream at the end for richness. Taste! Add seasoning if you need it.This is what the potatoes should look like when you cut them
I chose the mild sausage JUST IN CASE my kids would eat it. Should have bought the spicy.
Hello, Kale. I love you.
Mmmmm... Sausage
Kid's portion. Don't worry: we eat way more than this.
I served this soup with a side of mini bagel sandwiches since I knew the kids would eat those and it was a very yummy combination. (Wished I’d had some of those buttery salty Olive Garden bread sticks though!).

Overall, I’d give this soup 3 out of 4 stars—only because I’m not a big sausage fan, but I knew one way I could get my husband to eat Kale Soup would be to call it “Sausage Soup with Kale” and he would have given it 4 stars for sure.
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For a lower fat soup, I’d recommend using ground turkey and using all chicken broth instead of cream. Still sounds yummy, doesn’t it?Print Friendly and PDF

Special thanks to
Marathon Sweetheart for the bad-ass Kale cartoon