This is delicious! I wish I would have doubled the recipe. I made this as written, using all of the optional ingredients listed. It's very tasty and filling and it reheats well - if you have any leftovers. Everyone loved it. Thanx!
Just made this recipe for the first time, and this is likely the hardest thing I've made with the exception of Lasagna, that said it is well worth it. It actually tastes much better then the Olive Garden soup, so my tradition of only going there during never ending pasta bowl is intact :D I did however forget the cayenne pepper and couldn't find the fennel seed at the store.
I have never actually eaten this soup at Olive Garden, so cannot speak to how closely it resembles that soup. However, this recipe made a delicious soup! I did make a few alterations. I used all chicken broth rather than using any water. I also used less water than specified as I wanted a thicker soup. I used red potatoes, and I used whipping cream rather than half and half. I did use the cayenne and the mustard, but not the fennel. The Italian sausage had lots of fennel! At the end I made a bit of roux to try and thicken this up a bit more, and personally I think I should have made more roux or something. However, the flavor of this soup was over the top! Absolutely delicious!
This soup is awsome! Probably better than Olive Garden. However, I'm going to add more half & half next time. and I used red potatoes instead of the russet. Very very good!
Really fabulous. We love it with some crusty bread. I have made this three times and once I did not have italian sausage but I had a bag of ham ends and pieces (that I use for beans) so I used that in place of the bacon and sausage and my husband preferred the ham.
This was great, made it with no changes to get a base taste, next time I will use new potato's and cut the water back by a 1/2 cup. I do recommend making it the day before serving, the flavor was better the next day.
A perfect knockoff of Olive Garden's recipe, if you ask me. I used hot Italian sausage, and cut back on the cayenne pepper a little. I also cut back on the salt, and let the heat of the sausage and peppers come out more. The kale should be added right before serving, but I allowed my kale to soften in the soup en route to a party. It was great anyway.
Devine!!! Used all chicken broth and hot and spicy sausage so I omitted the spices... Husband said he was afraid when saw on stove, but quickly changed his mind... Said he would like it to be a regular!!!
I love this soup....My family loves this soup. Neighbors love this soup. ..and what is really sooo cool about this soup is that I can cook it in my crock pot and it still tastes Fabulous!!!!! I try to follow as close as I can to the but I do add cumin cause I like cooking with it. BTW I have eaten at the olive garden and this recipe is far greater then their's....Kudos!!!!!