Friday, November 12, 2010

Zuppa Tuscana

My father-in-law loves Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana and raved about it so much that my husband (who would only eat potatoes in french fry form) decided to give it a try-----and LOVED it too! I must say that my husband has now branched out to eating a baked potato on occasion and has even ventured over to the once-off-limits sweet potato. This may sound tame to most of you, but when I met this man of mine he would eat raw carrots, french fries, and corn....oh, and sometimes a cucumber. That was it. He was mostly a carnivore. So, this real food challenge has been quite a challenge. It's been difficult to find dishes that aren't meat centered. He's finally beginning to slide toward omnivore. Imagine my surprise tonight when I made this delicious soup and he ate not only the potatoes, but also (Gasp!) the kale!!

Zuppa Tuscana
1 lb. ground italian sausage
1 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbs. bacon pieces (I didn't have any bacon tonight, so I omitted this...still good, but probably better with bacon!)
2 tsp. garlic puree (I pressed 3 cloves of fresh garlic)
5 cups chicken broth
5 cups water
1 cup cream (I used half & half)
1 lb. sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
1/4 of a bunch of kale

1. Saute Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in large pot. Drain off excess fat.
2. In the same pan, saute bacon, oinons, and garlic over low-medium heat until onions are soft.
3. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil.
4. Add sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about 30 minutes.
5. Add heavy cream and cook until throughly heated.
6. Stir in sausage and kale and cook until heated.

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  1. I should mention that next time I'll use a little less red pepper because I thought it was a bit spicy. However, my hubby added even more to his bowl.

  2. yum! not sure why, but i never think to use sausage in soup as the protein. i shall try it!