Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Finished an amazing book yesterday called "Heaven is for Real".  My mom told me about it and she was right, it was a touching story. It is a true story of a 4 year old boy who almost dies and during his life saving surgery, he goes to heaven. A few months after the surgery, he begins to tell his parents of things he never would have known, like that he met his sister (his mom had miscarried several years before he was born and he never knew about it). He also describes heaven and Jesus in ways that could be compared directly to Revelation, things he had not been taught about at 4 years old. It is a short, quick read and I highly recommend it for your next book!

I found this recipe on one of the food blogs I read. I can't remember which one, I have got to start giving credit to these people...
I love Olive Garden! I know it is not a special original place, but you have to remember I grew up in Odessa and going to Olive Garden in Midland was a big deal for us! Their salad in the BEST. Although I have never made a good copy of their dressing (I have tried many of the recipes out there.) This is a copy of my favorite soup from Olive Garden and it tastes just like the real thing!

Zuppa Toscana Soup

1/2 pound Italian Chicken Sausage
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 white onion
2-3 slices bacon
1 clove garlic
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 russet potatoes
1 1/2 cup chopped Kale
salt and pepper
Cook sausage and red pepper flakes in skillet until done.
Remove sausage from pan and set aside.
Dice onion and potatoes. You can peel the potatoes if you like, but I like the skins.
Chop bacon before putting into a stock pot. Cook for several minutes until almost done.
Add onion to pot and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook one minute.
Add broth and water to the pot. Bring to a boil.
Add potatoes and reduce to a simmer.
Cover the pot and cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Chop kale into bit sized pieces.
Add cream to stock pot.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add kale and remove to heat.
Serve with a yummy salad and bread!

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