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Best recipe of this soup ever. I am kind of a novice in the food cooking game but I have ventured in a lot of recipes over the last couple of months. I would have to say if you blindfolded me and put this recipe infront of me and not the actual Olive Garden kind I would have never even noticed the difference. I think next time I will rinse and strain the meat before adding it because I cooked my own sausage instead of using precooked meat. I also carmalized the onions and garlic with the meat and added some to the soup. I also precooked the potatos to a firm but cooked stage before adding the rest of the ingrediants. Very delectible with homemade cheesy breadsticks. I give it 5 stars....Keep the good recipes coming!
After eating at Olive Garden, I went to the store and bought kale and Johnsonville Franks Mild Italian Sausage, knowing I had this recipe at home. I took the casing off of 3 sausage links and cooked it with the onions and bacon, draining when done. Instead of bouillon and water, I used 4 (14.5 oz.) cans of chicken broth. I also used half 'n half for the cream. I added all ingredients but the kale and cream in step 2 and simmered for over 30 min. I added the kale and simmered for 10 min. before adding the cream. The taste was ALMOST like Olive Garden's. It was only missing the spicy heat. Although it was definately delicious, I will use Hot Italian Sausage for sure next time. Thanks Sheri77 for letting me enjoy this soup at home! Update: The Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausages DID make it just like Olive Garden's. It's Great!
We Loved Loved Loved this recipe... We were craving the OG soup but were short on cash.. I used 3 LARGE Potatoes.. 3 cups Kale and 5 Spicy Sausage links... ( Next time I will chop up the sausage a little more) also added more boullion than what was called for... it was soo hearty and delicious. No more wasting $10 per person anymore! This is going to be a staple in our home!
DELICIOUS!!! We love the Olive Garden version of this soup and this is definitely comparable. The hubby also loved it. This is something we will be making on a regular basis! Here's what we did different: we used Italian sausage along with crushed red pepper. (Bob Evans brand in the tube and just made about 3/4 of the tube) We also used the whole carton of heavy cream (so little was left at the end, we didn't want to waste it.) I also simmered it a little longer than 15 mins to make sure the potatoes were done and I added the kale a little early too so it would wilt more. I shared this recipe with my mom and she is going to make it tonight too!
All I have to say is.............I'm in heaven. This soup is amazing.
Excellant! We use Jimmy Dean sausage instead of links & chicken soup base instead of bouillon (I always sub the soup base paste for anything that calls for bouillon -much better flavor). Love the recipe, Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful, this soup did not last long in my house, the only change I made was using turkey sausage. Simple and quick to make. Will make this again and again!
This is the definition of comfort food. My family raved and my husband said this is a keeper! Things I did differently: I used chicken soup base rather than bouillon. I did not have any heavy cream so I put in about 1/2 c. milk (that's all I had). I will probably make it without the milk or cream next time. I served it with home made corn bread with fresh ground corn meal. Excellent!
My husband came home while I was in the middle of making this... smelling it from the door, he insisted on tasting and then refused to let me add the cream, declaring that it was perfect. We ended up having a creamless soup, but it was very tasty this way as well.
i made this tonight and both wife and i loved it! it honestly tasted better than going to OG to get it! this is one i definately will make again!