September 23, 2012

Engagement Dinner & Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup



In February we had an Engagement Dinner! Time to celebrate our upcoming March wedding with our favorite people!
And the prefect place for a lively celebration dinner....Olive Garden of course!  My favorite~

 
My best friend and maid of honor, Connie
 My parents, Gma, good friends Nathan and Vince, Ashton and I, and Connie and Michael 

 
Now I've been eating at Olive Garden since waaaay back in the day when it opened in my hometown of Fort Walton Beach, FL. I'm a big fan of their Italian Margaritas, Tiramisu, Steamed Mussels, and Seafood Portofino. But my all time favorite is their Soup and Salad Combo. You get unlimited salad, breadsticks, and their amazing soup for only $6.95!

My top choice: Zuppa Toscana soup- potatos, kale, and sausage! Oh my!
Check out my recipe version of this hearty soup below!
 
Zuppa Toscana Soup
This recipe makes a lot (check out my full soup pot above!) I would say 8-10 servings.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz breakfast sausage, crumbled (I like Spicy Italian flavored)
  • 1 Vidalia onion, Diced
  • 2 slices Bacon, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 whole Medium Potatoes, skin on and cubed
  •  4 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 bunch Kale, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste 

 Instructions

Crumble sausage into a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until cooked through. Drain and set the sausage aside.
Add onions and bacon to the Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium and cook until onions are softened. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Add chicken stock and potatoes to the Dutch oven and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are almost done.
Add remaining ingredients as well as the sausage and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Serve hot with salad and crusty garlic bread!

 
If you make this at home the only thing missing is Olive Garden's addictive chocolate mints!



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5 comments:

  1. I love Olive Garden. There is a recipe floating around on Pinterest for a copy cat Olive Garden vinegrette! Zuppa Toscana is my absolute favorite soup as well. My 2nd is the chicken gnocci.

    I really like this blog, I am a huge foodie myself. I look forward to seeing more of your creations!

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    1. Thanks so much! Also check out my post here on my version of the Olive Garden Salad http://www.4theloveoffoodblog.com/2013/01/olive-garden-salad-dressing-and-italian.html

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  2. Copycat mints: Andes creme de menthe candies. That's what they use, just in a special wrapper:)

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  3. This is probably the 30th time I made your recipe. Over the years. My family and neighbors love it! I'm currently waiting to add in the remaining ingredients. We need a hearty warm meal tonight. Because we are going to have a long road trip tomorrow. Thank you

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    1. Priscilla,
      This made my day. So glad you like my recipe! I shared your comment on my Facebook page also.

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