Friday, January 21, 2011

Foodie Challenge January--Zuppa Toscana Soup

I tried my first new recipe of the year tonight--Zuppa Toscana Soup!  This is our third time eating soup this week, but each recipe has been so different that no one in my family has complained.  I love soup when it's chilly outside, and chilly it has been!  This recipe is from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod.  The boys in my house are big meat lovers so I figured I'd give this a try.

Everyone loved it (aside from my six year-old who was throwing a fit over the potatoes).  I would prefer less sausage, but my husband disagrees.  I omitted the red pepper flakes (my kids sometimes use spiciness as an excuse to avoid eating new foods, though they generally love spicy).  I used low sodium broth, and found it plenty salty without adding salt to taste.  This is definitely a recipe I will be making again soon.

1 lb Italian sausage
1.5 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 large white onion, diced
4 slices bacon, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup heavy cream
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cups kale, washed and roughly chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1.  In a medium skillet, saute the Italian sausage with the red pepper flakes. Drain excess fat, set aside.
2.  In a large stock pot, saute the bacon.  When the bacon is half-way cooked, add onions and garlic.  Saute until onions are tender--about five minutes.
3.  Add the chicken broth and water.  Bring to a boil.
4.  Add potatoes and cook until soft, about 30 minutes.
5.  Add the heavy cream and sausage and heat through.
6.  Stir in the chopped kale.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve hot.
Serves 8
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  1. This sounds delicious! It reminds of the soup at The Olive Garden.

  2. I was at my grandmother's house this weekend & she made this exact soup. YUM! I love it. I got her recipe and am making it myself. Soon.

  3. Mmmm. I've never heard of the recipe before, but it sounds delicious. :)

  4. Oh my goodness!! We love soup in our house--well, mostly my husband, so we've been noshing on beef stew all week, but this sounds wonderful. Like JoAnn says, an Italian restaurant here (Olive Garden) makes something similiar. Mmmmm.

  5. JoAnn--I'm guessing the Olive Garden soup was the inspiration for the recipe.

    Elise--It's pretty tasty, isn't it? I hope you have success making it.

    Darlyn--It's really good and pretty easy to make.

    Trish--My husband is a soup lover too. He eats soup almost every day for lunch. We've had the soup at Olive Garden, and I think it is pretty similar in taste. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it.

  6. I am drooling. This looks fantastic!

  7. Lifetime Reader--Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it!

  8. Yummy!

    I'm working on a hosting schedule for this challenge, can you still host in May?

  9. joanna--May still works for me. I'd be happy to host then. Thanks for coordinating everything.

  10. this is the only soup I eat at Olive Garden! Love it! I finally started making it this winter and will be posting it on my other blog soon. I feel so stupid for not making it sooner-- OG's never has enough kale for me-- at home I can OD on kale if I want!!