At long last, the weather has cooled down...emphasis on "cool". Living in Florida, I'm not expecting the weather to stay cool for long but while it is, I'm definitely going to take advantage of cooking food that will warm up the soul! Like this homemade "Zuppa Toscana" soup! This soup is definitely one of my favorite soups at Olive Garden so I'm am super stoked that I now know how to make a copycat at home. Besides, homemade is always better!
One of my besties, told me about the recipe she found on Pinterest and when I found out how easy it was and how few ingredients you needed, I was sold!
You only need 7 ingredients and a slow cooker!
1 lb. Hot Italian Sausage
2 cloves garlic (minced)
32 oz. chicken broth
2 TBS flour
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 bunch Kale
1.) Brown the hot Italian sausage, add garlic, drain of fat, and add to the bottom of the slow cooker.
( Sidenote: This sausage gave my soup a nice little kick! If you're not into spicy, you could always go with the mild sausage.)
2.) Add the bag of Simply Potatoes to the bottom of the slow cooker. I sprinkled on a little seasoning at this point but that is totally optional.
3.) Add the chicken stock, cover your slow cooker, and let it simmer away on high for 4 hours.
4.) Around 20-30 minutes before your soup is done, mix the flour and heavy cream together until all of the lumps are gone. Add this to the slow cooker and mix well.
5.) Mix in the kale and cover the slow cooker for 20-30 more minutes so the soup can thicken some.
6.) After 20-30 minutes, stir your soup and serve it up with a piece of crusty bread! You can also add a bit of chopped bacon at the end for an extra pop of flavor!
You've got to have the bread! It makes this soup that much better!
This soup was so hearty and a lot more flavorful than the one from Olive Garden! On top of that it was so easy to make. I love a "throw it all in the pot" kind of meal! It is definitely a must-try, especially during the winter months! If you try it let me know!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!