Olive Garden Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup

"Great for people who enjoy Olive Gardens soup without the carbs."
 
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Ready In:
50mins
Ingredients:
9
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Fry bacon in a medium/large size skillet; drain fat, put on plate and let cool.
  • In the same skillet cook the sausage and set aside ( I put it on the back burner).
  • In a large soup/stew pan put cook onions until tender and clear.
  • Add in garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add water and chicken boullion cubes.
  • Start to tear the bacon into bite size pieces and add to the pot.
  • Add sausage.
  • Add cauliflower.
  • Cook for 15 minutes (until cauliflower is soft).
  • Add heavy cream.
  • Add kale (I tear mine into bite size pieces).
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. catcher_girl_16
    If I omitted the onions, how does this affect the total carb count, since onions tend to carmelize and develop sugar as they cook. How much would the overall carb count drop? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. lagent21
    I loved this soup. It was delicious. Can you give the nutrition information for it...calories, protein, carbs, and fat?
     
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Reviews

  1. Janice Z.
    This turned out great, though like a lot of others, I did some things differently. I added 3/4 block of Philadelphia cream cheese. I've been low carb for over a year now. Cream cheese is a staple in my diet and I new that it would thicken this soup and take it to a new level. I was so right. My cauliflower was spoiled so I had to omit. I used 2 quarts of chicken stock instead of the water and bouillon and added some chicken base. Finally, I also cut up and added some left over rotisserie chicken. I know you're probably thinking that after all these tweaks, it's not the same recipe, but it tastes amazing.
     
  2. Nimz_
    We really enjoyed this even though I left out the cauliflower and used half & half for the heavy cream. I probably used more kale too as I didn't want to waste any and we love it. I used chicken broth instead of the water and bouillon as a personal preference. Very good and one we really enjoyed and will make again. Thanks for sharing. Made for the "Love Train" 2011
     
  3. jklanz
    Taste exactly like Olive Garden. It is wonderful!
     
  4. ancho3
    This is an outstanding soup. My whole family loved it. There is one change I made. I omitted the cauliflower. I cooked it both ways and we all liked the soup better without the cauli- flower. ancho3
     
  5. Rose-Anme R.
    Like Janice Z I also added 1/2 block cream cheese but did use the cauliflower as I love it. Funny I never liked this stuff till I started doing LC/Keto. It was wonderful! Also easy... made it over lunchtime. :)
     
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Tweaks

  1. karilainefrost
    Chicken bone broth in place of water and bullion cubes.
     
  2. Nancy V.
    I have made this several times. Here are my tweaks: I use frozen cauliflower that I chop up -- I grow my own and always have plenty in the freezer. If I am missing onions I reconstitute onion flakes, works just as well. Like so many, just use Chicken Broth -- but going to try the bone broth I made next time. Bacon is sometimes on short supply in my house so I use bacon bits. As for the sausage, I like Italian sausage rather than Jimmy Dean. . . I brown it in the oven so it is ready to go. Also use half n half instead of heavy cream. If I am not able to find fresh kale, baby spinach makes a nice substitute and easier to find at my little local grocery store in the middle of nowhere.
     
  3. Janice Z.
    I added 3/4 block of Philadelphia cream cheese. My cauliflower was spoiled so I had to omit. I used 2 quarts of chicken stock instead of the water and bouillon and added some chicken base. Finally, I also cut up and added some left over rotisserie chicken.
     
  4. Katie McK.
    Very tasty! I used chicken broth instead of bouillon, and omitted the cauliflower. Lots of flavor ? I'll definitely make this again!
     
  5. Nimz_
    We really enjoyed this even though I left out the cauliflower and used half & half for the heavy cream. I probably used more kale too as I didn't want to waste any and we love it. I used chicken broth instead of the water and bouillon as a personal preference. Very good and one we really enjoyed and will make again. Thanks for sharing. Made for the "Love Train" 2011
     

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