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olive garden zuppa toscana soup copycat recipe
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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Copycat

Tender bites of russet potatoes, sausage and kale all together in a creamy and savory broth.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken broth, kale, mild sausage, olive garden, russet potato, soup, zuppa toscana
Author: Tara Moore

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large stalks of kale about 3 cups, stalk removed, rough chopped and massaged (see note * below)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 russet potatoes washed and scrubbed clean
  • 64 oz of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • parmigiano reggiano

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat, add the sausage and cook until no longer pink
  • Drain the sausage on a plate lined with some paper towels and wipe out the pan so there isn't any grease left in it
  • Turn the heat on the pot down to med/low
  • Add the olive oil, onion and garlic
  • Saute until transluscent
  • Slice the potatoes on the thickest setting using a mandolin (1/4 inch), cut these rounds into quarters or halves
  • Place all the cut potatoes into a bowl of water and rinse until the water runs clear to remove excess starch
  • Add the potatoes, sausage, chicken broth, salt and pepper to the pot
  • Turn the heat up to high until it reaches a boil
  • Now turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes
  • Add in the kale and cook for 5 minutes
  • Turn the heat off, let it cool slightly so it's not scalding hot anymore and stir in the cream
  • Serve into bowls with parmigiano reggiano cheese on top (just like at Olive Garden!)

Notes

Massage your kale to help take away the chewiness and bitterness. (Thanks Ruth!) My mother-in-law once told me I should massage my kale, I think for better flavor or texture reasons, I can't remember but by golly I massage it every time now. (Update: I have a direct quote from my MIL "It takes away that tough chewiness and makes it a little sweeter, less bitter").