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i made this soup at home and loved it so i thought i would make it at work. its now the fav of all the staff and they all want the recipe. I now have made 4 batches in 2 weeks and never ever have any leftovers. we think its better than o.g. thanks so much for sharing!
I love this soup! When I fix this soup, it is all my husband and I eat for days. I make a huge pot! To make it a little more healthy, since I am trying to lower my cholesterol, I substitute Hot Italian Turkey sausage. I also use skim milk in place of the heavy whipping cream which makes it much thinner, but still good. I love the Kale, so I add the whole bunch.
I've made this for work potlucks on two occasions. Every time I've made it, I got so many requests for the recipe that I had to send it around in a mass email. Even the first time, when I accidentally used ornamental kale! Anyhow, BRAVO!
AWSOME! This soup was fantastic! I have made this before on my own, but it was nice to find a recipe to follow! I did add 2 extra potatoes to make the soup a bit thicker. Even our kids liked it after tasting (they were leary on the kale).
In a word, OUTSTANDING! My wife and I were feeling homesick, being stationed in Germany. I made this for her and it was like being in the Olive Garden once again. Thanks for the recipe!!!
very good....... how can you go wrong with this? customize it to your taste. Spicy or not you decide. its perfect otherwize. I love it hand have made it for the second year now. Its become a staple at our New Years eve party and expected now. absolotly awesome.
This is a fantastic base recipe. Full disclosure, I have never had this at the Olive Garden, so I was never aiming for a taste memory. I follow the basic recipe, with a slight change in order of of cooking. I crisp up 3 pieces of bacon, and set them aside on paper towels, and then REALLY brown a half a pound of spicy Italian sausage in the bacon grease. I remove the sausage and add the onions to the grease and fond that has developed, and get a good color on the onions before adding the garlic for a minute, and then the potatoes. I add one quart of low sodium stock, and put the sausage back in, and simmer until the potatoes are soft, at which point I mash a bit of the potatoes to thicken the soup. If it seems too thick, I will add a little water, but that has only happened one time. I easily double the greens (I've used both kale and Swiss chard, I imagine spinach would be fine too), maybe even triple, I've never used less than 5 cups of chopped whatever greens. At the last minute, I add half a cup of heavy cream. It is so delicious, and easy, and I can cram a boatload of greens into my son in the process. Thank you for the recipe!
Omg this was awesome! Even better than Olive Garden! And besides all the chopping/mincing it was pretty easy. made mine with hot Italian sausage
I am concern with the amount of Fat and Sodium, so I think I will tweak and use Tofu or Vegetarian Italian Sausage instead (tastes just like the real thing) No Bacon, and Vegetable Broth, that should make it more bearable for someone watching fat and sodium.
perfect recipe loved it!!, i added a tbs of crushed red pepper flakes and used hot italian sausage for a little spice and added onion power instead of onion (since my husband hates onions), so it's my way to put the flavor in there without him the wiser :)