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Have you ever tried Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana? It is one of my favorite soup recipes! I haven’t had it in a while since I haven’t visited Olive Garden so I decided to try to make it myself. I’m sure that the original recipe wasn’t made in a crockpot but it’s just the easiest way for me to make soup. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe
So, Zuppa Toscana is Italian for Tuscan soup. It’s a traditional Italian soup that has Italian sausage, red peppers, diced white onion, bacon, bouillon, heavy cream, and kale. Like the name suggests, it originated in the Tuscany region of Italy. It’s a rich, hearty soup that makes a meal on its own. Of course, you can also serve it with a thick slice of Italian bread and butter.
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- 3 cans (14 oz) chicken broth
- 2 cups whipping cream
- red pepper flakes (to taste)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 small onion, diced, sauteed
- 1/2 pkg bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 4-5 cups chopped kale
- 3 to 4 potatoes, scrubbed and cut into slices or small chunks (skins left on)
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage, browned and drained
- Put everything into the crock pot except for the potatoes and cook on high for three to four hours.
- Add the potatoes one hour before it is done so they don't get soggy.
This soup is definitely delicious, and I will be making it again. It was great for dinner and warmed up the next day for lunch. I’m not normally a fan of kale but in this recipe, you cannot really taste it. To keep it authentic, I recommend that you keep it in the recipe. But, if you really hate kale, you can leave it out or maybe try to substitute spinach instead.
It’s always so much fun to make copycat recipes. I have made the IHOP Bacon Temptation Omelette and that was a huge hit. But, I haven’t tried any other copycat restaurant recipes. Have you? If so, let me know which ones you’ve tried. I’d love to experiment a little bit more with copycat recipes. It’s certainly much less expensive to make them at home.
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