I liked this a lot. I wasn't going for an exact replica of the Olive Garden soup so I'm not sure how close it is. I just wanted some good soup and I got that. I made a couple of changes. I used kale instead of bok choy, evaporated milk and regular milk for the half and half. I added an onion with the garlic and used breakfast sausage. Lots of changes but really good soup. We will make agaig, yum.
Made this for Fall 09 My 3 Chefs using Mild Italian Sausage and Jimmy Deans Sausage combined, didn't have any red potatoes so peeled and sliced small Idahos. Even with these changes this turned out to be pretty darned delicious and well worth the making. A great soup for cold winter days, thank you for posting this wonderful recipe.