How to make Zuppa Toscana Soup

One of my most favorite dishes ever is the Zuppa Toscana Soup at Olive Garden.
A while back I found this copy cat recipe on Pinterest and Ive been sitting on it since, longing to make it but afraid that it wouldnt taste near as good. I finally purchased the ingredients over the weekend and made it. And I can say, its just as good at the Olive Garden, if not better. Its really delicious!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 large russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (I just bought the pre cooked ones and browned them as directed below)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups kale (or 2 cups swiss chard) chopped
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:
1. Brown sausage in a pan over medium, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.
2. Drain sausage and set to the side.
3. Brown bacon in a pan over medium heat.
4. Drain bacon and set to the side.
5. Place broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onion in a pot.
6. Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender.
7. Add sausage and bacon to the soup.
8. Simmer for 10 minutes.
9. Add kale and cream to pot.
10. Season with salt and pepper.
11. Heat thoroughly.

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