1/1 Photo of Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Clone)
Chef Wahoo's Note:
I have tried quite a few different recipes that state they are a Zuppa Toscana Copy Cat but none of them had much flavor and while they were close I set out to make a soup that is Zuppa Toscana.
My Private Note
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- 2 (32 ounce) kitchen basics chicken stock (don't substitute with broth) or 2 quarts homemade chicken stock (don't substitute with broth)
- 3 pieces bacon
- 1 large onion white, diced fine
- 3 -4 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bunch swiss chard or 1 bunch kale, cut into bite size pieces
- 2/3 cup cream or 2/3 cup half-and-half cream
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground aniseed
- 1/2-1 teaspoon salt, depending on taste
- 1 dash red pepper flakes
- black pepper
- 1Bring chicken stock and water to a light boil and add potatoes.
- 2In a skillet (preferably cast iron or enameled cast iron) cook bacon until somewhat done and remove (but do not add bacon to the soup, save for a BLT or something).
- 3Sauté the onion in the bacon rendering until almost caramelized (golden color).
- 4Remove and put in boiling stock.
- 5In the same skillet add olive oil and cook Italian sausage (with casings removed).
- 6Add garlic with the sausage and cook until sausage is done and the consistency of ground hamburger meat.
- 7Add mixture to the stock.
- 8By this time check to see if potatoes are cooked by trying to squish them on the side of the stock pot.
- 9When they are done reduce heat and add cream and Swiss chard, salt, anise, red pepper, black pepper.
- 10Serve with garlic bread or corn bread (or even better an herbed Parmesan corn bread).
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Nutritional Facts for Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Clone)
Serving Size: 1 (707 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 432.7
- Calories from Fat 187
- Total Fat 20.8 g
- Saturated Fat 7.8 g
- Cholesterol 47.9 mg
- Sodium 945.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 45.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
- Sugars 7.3 g
- Protein 21.1 g