I do not frequent Olive Garden, but one thing I do remember when I went there a few times, was this soup. I have been searching Pinterest and the internet for a recipe. I just could not seem to find one I really liked, so I created my own. So here is my version of Zuppa Toscana (Copycat from Olive Garden). I hope you enjoy…it’s super easy to make and I swear the entire pot will be gone…no leftovers for sure!
In a large pot, heat up the olive oil. Remove sausage from the casing and add to the pot. As the sausage is browning, break apart any large chunks. Thinly slice the red potatoes and reserve. When the sausage is about halfway cooked, add the bacon pieces. Continue cooking until both the sausage and bacon are fully-cooked. Drain the sausage and bacon mixture. I used a heavy colander. Return pot to stove and add the shallots. Stir around in the remaining fat to coat…do NOT brown…about one to two minutes. Add back the sausage and bacon. Stir.
Pour in the chicken broth, water and add the potatoes. Season with salt/pepper. Bring to just under a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and allow the potatoes to soften…about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chopped kale and allow to wilt for another 5 minutes. Add the heavy whipping cream, stir and allow the cream to heat up.
That’s it!!! I hope you enjoy my version of Zuppa Tuscana as much as I did!