I got this recipe off this group i joined and I've been dying to try it out. I haven't been to olive garden in over a year, so this is as close as i can get. Honestly, I could barely tell the difference, and it was my favorite part of eating there. The soup. This is SO good, and excellent with breadsticks! I garnish it with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper. Jan 2011- ETA I just wanted to thank everyone for the great reviews...this is still a staple in our house, glad to see so many enjoying it!!! Thanks again!!
- Place onions and bacon into large saucepan and cook onions over medium heat until they are almost clear. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add chicken bouillon, water and potatoes, bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 more minutes then serve.