Zuppa Toscana ~ An Olive Garden Copycat

Inspired by Zuppa Toscana served at Olive Garden restaurants, this soup is both delicious and nutritious. Add a salad and breadsticks to complete the meal.This soup, both delicious and nutritious, was inspired by Zuppa Toscana served at Olive Garden restaurants. Add a salad and breadsticks and you’re sure to get rave reviews.

Kale, Good and Good For You

Lacinato KaleLacinato kale, also known as Tuscan kale, dinosaur kale, or Italian kale, is not only surprisingly good, it’s amazingly good for you.

Packed with nutrition that puts it among the world’s healthiest foods, kale provides fiber, vitamin C, B6, and K, vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, and minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

The nutrients found in kale may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, improve bone health, digestion, skin and hair.

Chicken Broth For Health

Chicken StockScience is finally catching up with what mothers have known for quite some time, for speeding healing and recuperation from illness, chicken broth does help.

Chicken contains the amino acid cysteine, which can thin mucus, making it less sticky and easier to expel.

Stock contains several minerals in a form the body can easily absorb, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals as well as chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, arginine, amino acids, and gelatin.

Bone broth can heal and aid the digestive system, reduce joint pain and inflammation, may help you sleep better, supports healthy bones, hair and nail growth.



Make This Delicious Soup

Zuppa Toscana IngredientsYou’ll need these ingredients…

  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium to large russet potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, cut again lengthwise in 1 inch widths, cut into ¼ inch thickness
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups Lacinato kale (about 8 stalks), ribbed and cut into ¼ inch strips
  • 2 cups half-and-half


Sausage & Crushed Red PepperStep 1 In a large pot, brown sausage.

The heat of peppers comes from capsaicin, which is fat-soluble. If you like spicy foods, be sure to mix in the crushed red pepper while browning the sausage.

If you prefer less heat, reduce the amount of crushed red pepper to ½ tsp or add with ingredients in Step 3.

While sausage is browning, prep onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Sausage with Onion & GarlicStep 2 When sausage has browned, add onion and garlic to the pot. Saute until onion is translucent.

PotatoesStep 3 Add chicken broth, water, and potatoes to pot. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are just tender.

While potatoes are cooking, prep kale (see below).

To Prep Kale

Kale Rib Kale Leaf Halves Kale Ribbons

Remove the rib from each kale leaf. Stack the leaf halves into a pile. You can make an additional lengthwise cut if you prefer smaller pieces of kale. Cut into ¼ inch strips.

Kale in Zuppa ToscanaStep 4 When potatoes are tender, add kale to pot. Reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes.

Zuppa Toscana with CreamStep 5 Turn off heat. Blend in half-and-half. Serve immediately.



Deliciously Healthy

Zuppa ToscanaMade with simple, wholesome ingredients, this nourishing soup is sure to please even the pickiest eaters and satisfy your cravings for something delicious.

If you try this soup, or have a version of your own, please share in the comments.

Zuppa Toscana
Serves 6
Delicious and nutritious, this soup is packed with vitamins, minerals, and flavor!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  2. 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3 medium to large russet potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, cut again lengthwise in 1 inch widths, cut into ¼ inch thickness
  6. 32 ounces chicken broth
  7. 2 cups water
  8. 3 cups Lacinato kale (about 8 stalks), ribbed and cut into ¼ inch strips
  9. 2 cups half-and-half
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, brown sausage. Mix in crushed red pepper. If you prefer less heat, reduce the amount of crushed red pepper to ½ tsp or add with ingredients in Step 3. While sausage is browning, prep onions, garlic, and potatoes.
  2. When sausage has browned, add onion and garlic to the pot. Saute until onion is translucent.
  3. Add chicken broth, water, and potatoes to pot. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are just tender. While potatoes are cooking, prep kale.
  4. When potatoes are tender, add kale to pot. Reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat. Blend in half-and-half. Serve immediately.
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Sources:
Medical News Today
Mercola.com

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