I made the ever famous Olive Garden Soup "Zuppa Toscana" (translate and pronounce at your own risk) Side note: being a waitress for almost 3 years, 3 very long years.....I always had a sick pleasure at correcting people on the pronunciation of certain words on our menu. In an instant you could make a grown man feel like he's three years old, see I told you its a sick pleasure..so when at Olive Garden with their "italian" words....I like to play a little "correct me if you dare" game with the server...
I got this recipe from my friend Aisha, who also got it from someone...but really this recipe is all over the world wide web. Seems with our economic downfall people are trying to recreate their favorite restaurant dishes at home. I say WAY TO GO PEOPLE!
And of course, because I can NEVER follow a recipe with out changing it in at least the slightest....I made a few modifications.
Without further adieu...
1lb sausage (I used the smoked sausage we were recently given)
2 potatoes, Thinly sliced with the skins ON (minerals people!)
1 medium onion (does anyone really know what a "medium, or large" onion really looks like for that matter? I don't know, just chop up about a handish full or more of onion depending on your onion likeness.
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups kale – washed, dried, and chopped (Another side note: Tyler is now the "produce guy at Save-A-Lot grocery store, and since I needed Kale for this soup, I texted him and asked if they had it....he proceeded to ask his manager if they carried "call A"? The manager said you mean K-ale? "Uh yeah, Kale, some lady asked for it" LOL (Mom, does this remind you of "speg noodles"?
2 cans of Chicken Broth (I used low sodium because of the sausage)
1 quart water
1 cup half & half
Cook and crumble sausage in a stock pot (drain it if its really fatty)
Add onion, potatoes, garlic, chicken broth, water and salt and pepper.
Cook until potatoes are done. (I let it simmer for about 30-40 mins) Add Kale and cream and heat through, or until kale is a little soft.
It was delicious and I hope, if you make it you'll enjoy it just as much!