On a recent visit to Olive Garden, I tried their Chicken and Potato Florentine Soup and savored every bite. Later, I tried to order some for take out only to learn that it was no longer on their menu. I hoped that someone had created a copycat recipe. But my searching only revealed that others also loved this soup and were looking for a copycat recipe. I only had the soup once -- and that was several weeks ago. This is my attempt.
I created this recipe so I could have a quick, healthy breakfast on my way to work. Before long I couldn't keep the ingredients in the house because my teen boys were having one or more each day. And my daughter wanted a smoothie maker so she could make them at college. How could I complain?
Gift Idea: Combine 1 lb. of each of the following dried beans: navy, pinto, Great Northern, large limas, baby limas, black, red, soy, lentils, green split peas, yellow split peas, black-eyed peas, and barley pearls. Place two cups of the dry bean mixture in a pretty pint jar and give to a friend along with the recipe. That's how I got this recipe. It has become a family favorite. Now I just purchase a bag of mixed dry beans for convenience.