Half a Cup of Blues

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Zuppa Toscana ...


We love this soup when we eat at Olive Garden so I thought that I'd try to make it at home today. I looked up some recipes online then just went my own way and I have to admit that the finished product was yummilicious! Y'all should try this. I'll give ya my recipe since I like all the changes that I made. This fed our family of four and we just had one small bowl of leftover soup.

2 quarts of water
3 cans of chicken stock
10 medium sliced red potatoes (scrubbed with skin on)
1 sweet white onion
3 cloves of chopped garlic
1 pound of browned and drained spicy hot italian sausage (I added 2 more cloves of garlic here)
3-4 slices of crumbled (cooked) bacon
3 cups of hand shredded kale (fresh)
1 cup of heavy cream or half & half
salt and white pepper to taste
shredded parmesan cheese to taste

Simmer the taters and onion in the liquids for about an hour
Add the meats and simmer for 20 minutes
Add the kale and cream and simmer for 20 minutes as the flavors all combine
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve and add cheese on top if desired

We had garlic breadsticks with the soup and it really was sublime.

I made my first ever batch of cornbread stuffing yesterday with a small turkey (practice run) and some yams and sweet potatoes that the boys just loved. The meal turned out pretty darned good but I really was happier with the soup that we had tonight. I think that it may have just moved up to the top of the list as one of my favorite comfort foods this winter. I took a picture of it and I'll try to upload it. It was really easy to make so I hope that someone will try it.

Bon App├ętit


  • That sounds good ~M~.Are you going to put it in RP recipes? What are ya doin "practicing" with turkeys?! -lol- Bein from Texas and all you should be deepfrying that sucka!
    You guys have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    *bestest wishes*

    By Blogger Jay, at 11/13/2005 12:26 PM  

  • Mmmmmmm....kale.

    By Anonymous Allan, at 11/14/2005 6:51 AM  

  • I made pot roast for the first time this weekend! For people who cook as much as we do it seemed odd that neither A nor I had ever made the most basic dinner staple. (I think we had pot roast every other Sunday growing up.)

    I would love to try your soup. Unfortunately it is just too hot for soup right now. I have a chicken and noodles I am also itching to try. We need a cold front to come through and soon! I made clam chowder last week because I just couldn't wait (it is November, after all) and it was delicious but somehow didn't taste quite right. I think it was the shorts and tank tops we were wearing.

    By Blogger edieraye, at 11/14/2005 5:18 PM  

  • this looks delicious and I am ready to try some

    By Anonymous anica, at 11/15/2005 9:42 AM  

  • That sounds just yummy!

    By Blogger Brian, at 11/15/2005 7:41 PM  

  • Mmm, might just go well for Thanksgiving!

    By Blogger Jas..., at 11/19/2005 4:44 PM  

  • Oh my dear GOD this is tasty, Michelle! And it's easy to make!

    The only downside is now my friends are under the impression I can cook...

    Thanks for the recipe and thanks for your friendship and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



    By Blogger Sophie T. Mishap, at 11/22/2005 6:37 AM  

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