Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana from your kitchen!

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Who doesn’t love Olive Garden?! Personally my favorite things there are the cheddar bay biscuits, salad, and the Zuppa Toscana. I have made the biscuits before so I figured why not try to make the soup! Kale has become my new favorite vegetable, and it is so good in this soup! It gives it a sort of crunch and a slightly bitter bite. I promise you will not want to go back to Olive Garden when you can make it at home!

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Start out by breaking your kale into small pieces and washing it thoroughly. Set it aside to dry.

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Next slice up your potatoes and boil them until they are very tender, you want them to almost fall apart at the touch. Drain and set aside.

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Next take a large pot or use a cast iron skillet and put on medium high. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Add your onions and sausage. Next add your awesome Dorot crushed garlic!!

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I found this at Whole Foods in the freezer aisle. It has ginger, garlic, basil, and garlic and herbs. I’m hoping they will have cilantro soon! Just think of how many times you throw out fresh herbs because they go bad quick?? This will last years and one square equals 1 tsp. I am so excited about this find and it is definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen for the days to come!

Stir until the sausage is browned and the Dorot is dissolved. Once browned, add the chicken broth, crushed red pepper, whole milk and half and half. Stir and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

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Add the kale and potatoes.

Stir and simmer for another 10 minutes. If you like a thicker soup, you may add some heavy whipping cream and mash up some of the potatoes. Taste and make sure it is to your liking, add more milk or seasonings as needed.

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Now all that’s left is to devour!!!

What you’l need:
1 large bunch of kale
1 lb ground italian sausage
10-12 potatoes (I used some spanish potatoes at a farmers market!)
1/2 yellow onion minced
1 square of Dorot crushed garlic
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
4 cups half and half
pinch of red pepper flakes
black pepper

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