October 7, 2009

More Soup For The Soul...

Today turned out to actually BE a soup kind of day and although I'm not in the mood to cook (or do much else for that matter!) I thought I would share this recipe with you. It is very Italian, very rustic, very homey and very good.

Zuppa Toscana (Much like that served at Olive Garden Restaurant)

1 lb ground Italian sausage
1½ tsp crushed red peppers
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbsp bacon pieces
2 tsp garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
¼ of a bunch of kale

Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic for approximately 15 minutes or until the onions are soft.
Mix together the chicken bouillon and water, then add it to the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook until boiling. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
Add heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated.
Stir in the sausage.
Add kale just before serving.

Goda di!


Sandy said...

Thanks for the recipe, it is suppose to get cool here next week and I can't wait to try it!

Debi said...

Girl you are going to make me fatter with these delicious soup recipes, if only I could eat just one bowl..hehe

This one sounds yummy,hubby is going to Fontana Ca. to the Nascar races this weekend and I think I will make this and have the whole pot to myself. :)

Brenda Jean Hyde said...

Wow, that looks like an awesome soup! I need to try it this winter:)