Delicious! I looked a lot of recipes over before settling on this one because of Chef Wahoo's interesting flavoring ingredients and technique. I did use the anise seed but next time I will also add the same amount of fennel seed (or maybe even twice as much). We love fennel and since it is the dominant spice in Italian sausage, I expect it will be a natural fit.
I agree! This is a great replica and a family favorite. This recipe has gotten my family to enjoy kale. I now buy it and put it in other recipes. The ingredients freeze well and can be placed in a pot or slow cooker to cook for dinner.
Finally someone fixed the other recipes! There is def fennel and def red pepper flakes in the original soup! I added the juice of an entire lemon bc I thought it needed some acidity. I also did it all in 1 pot and used bacon grease instead of making the bacon. This makes a lot so I chop up the kale and add it to each bowl as we eat it so it doesn't get soggy. I like it green and crisp tender. I also only added 2 c. of water and was going to add more later but it didnt need it. It still made about a gallon.
This is an exact replica of the famous Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana!!! I was delightfully surprised when I made this, and it did in fact taste just like the real thing!!!
I must agree with Chef Wahoo - his recipe is flavorfull and merits its title. I used bulk "Sprouts Farmers Market" all-natural, semi-spicy Italian sausage (fresh, made daily right at the store). I omitted the red pepper flakes since the sausage already had some. I reserved the cream to add it only when serving the soup at the table. Fill your guest's bowl with soup and pour 1 to 2 TBSP cream at the center as you hand your guest his/her bowl. Also offer to grate some fresh parmesan cheese over the soup. Guests love the visual addition of ingredients to their plates when being served.
I figured I'd be kind & give 2 stars when my heart was relying me one star. My biggest pet peeve is that after reading all these favorable reviews, following this recipe to the letter, only having to throw it down the disposal. My next pet peeve is having wasted $$ because this recipe sucked! Nobody in the family ate another bite after a couple bites. I know it wasn't me because I follow directions.... Usually read them at least twice. I would stick to chicken gnocci soup. You can't go wrong with that one.
I have been using a different "clone", because it was lower in fat & calories. But DH has to take a dish in for a pot luck, so I decided to splurge. Unfortunately I could not find the stock that you listed so I did use broth. :( Skip the step of peeling and dicing potatoes, use frozen cubed hash browns--excellent! I use turkey italian sausage (a little less fat) and it comes in 20 oz pkgs. I use 1/2 pkg of spicy & 1/2 pkg of sweet. Less water, we like our soup a little thicker and no aniseed available. LOVE the idea of serving the cream at the table as well as the grated parm, but since this was made in advance...Lovely clone, thanks!
This recipe is awesome! I go to Olive garden and buy their unbaked bread sticks to eat with this everytime I make it. I chose this one cause it seemed much more flavorful then many of the other recipes I came across and I'm glad I did! Perfection.
I love this soup and this was no exception! I did used spicy turkey sausage, cut the water down a little and added another potato to use up. Definately a keeper and a great dish for company served with garlic bread. Thank you for posting. Made for Spring PAC 2013.
Yahoo....Chef Wahoo! I LOVE Zuppa Toscana at the Olive Garden, in fact...I crave it and now i no longer have to drive 45 minutes to enjoy it! Thank-you, this is a superb copy cat! I did not have bacon or bacon fat & not sure I missed it. For my 1/2 & 1/2 I used fat free. This will be on my stove top monthly. Yummy!