Monday, November 12, 2012

Ok, I woke up this morning and looked out the window already knowing it was freezing cold outside because I had my window opened a crack all night....Lo and behold (not to my surprise) there was a coating of the fluffy white crap on the ground, ANYONE that knows me knows that I absolutely hate snow and cold....I have said and always will say "I like my clothes, I just can't see wearing them all at once".   Really, it should be illegal to live in Minnesota during the Winter.  The Summers here are ok, however, last Summer was unusually hot, but at least I only had two pieces of clothing on at one time.

So, since it's freezing cold outside and there's a dusting (too much) snow on the ground I decided it would be a good day for soup.

Here is my rendition of Olive Gardens "Zuppa Toscana"...I love, love, love this soup, it's definitely a comfort food and will fill you up...Enjoy!

Zuppa Toscana

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1/3 pound of bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart  chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound Russet potatoes (2 large), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small bunch kale (or Swiss chard), torn or chopped
Fresh ground black pepper


1. Heat oil in large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings and saute in the oil, using a wooden spoon to break up into small chunks. Drain excess fat and set aside.

2. In the same pot, saute bacon, onions and garlic over medium high heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage and kale. Top with fresh ground pepper, if desired. Optional topping, grated parm cheese.  ENJOY!

I also serve this with a salad and the original Olive Garden dressing (that can now be purchased at Sam's Club.

It's just like I visited the Olive Garden but never left the house..


  1. Yum! Thanks for posting this... I'm SO going to make it in the near future. (And I bet yours is BETTER than OG's.) ;)

  2. Thank you for your nice comment, I do have to say that I forgot to put an ingredient in, it's Red Pepper Flakes, I just put a pinch in but you can put as much as you like. Will revise the recipe..:-)

  3. Welcome to blogging! It's a fabulous hobby! I just have to try this recipe - thanks for sharing. :)

    Are you the person who left a long comment about stones and stents in my blog a while back? because if you are - I apologize for not getting back to answering. I still will. Just has been soooo busy. In past I never would've let it get past me as I had an extensive history with urology stents ...because of the first big stone I had that damaged my ureter which caused ureter to repeatedly close. I tried hard to avoid surgery and succeed. It was a trade off but I don't regret the stents since I avoided the high risk (for me) surgery. I can certainly appreciate urology issues I will always be interested in what you have to say on the topic. I wish there were more people blogging about uto issues when they began for me ..when I first became stented in 06. It really helps to share and I certainly found blogging about it to be cathartic. and made some nice friends along the way. :)