Thursday, January 19, 2012

Zuppa Toscana

HEY! Guess who got a haircut? If you follow me on Twitter, you might have played along with #pickallisonshaircut. Before I went, I was ready to shave it all off. I even grabbed my scissors on my desk and pretended to chop off a big chunk. I need help. Well, here it is! 

Hey, bangs! 

Now, onto today's regular scheduled post. 

The is an Olive Garden copycat recipe. I personally have never had this soup, but this homemade version is quite tasty. The additional of kale really rounded out the soup well. It is a hearty soup that paired great with crusty bread.

Zuppa Toscana

Prep Time: 40 minutes 

Yield: 6-8 servings


4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot breakfast sausage or Italian sausage
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 loose packed cups kale, torn into bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated

In a large soup pot cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage, stirring freuqently until browned and crumbled. Drain off the grease.
Add onion; saute until translucent; add garlic; saute until fragrant.
Stir in broth and potatoes, season with salt and pepper, simmer 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. 

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Jessica said...

I likeeee!
I'm jealous, though - my hair is taking FOREVER to grow!


Allison said...

Thanks, friend!!

Ruthie Hart said...

first of all you look so gorgeous! I love your swoopy bangs!! And I made something similar to is SOO GOOD!

Mrs. Darcy said...

This looks delish and the bangs look fabulous on you!!!

Elena @ La Petite Vie said...

Love the fun bangs! And this soup sounds so yummy, perfect for the rainy days ahead. Thanks for the great recipe!

Shay said...

I love the bangs! The recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

Cute hair! And this receipe looks DIVINE! Excited to try it :) How was I not following your blog?!

Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY said...

Can't wait to try this soup! Thanks for sharing, I've got it pinned for later

bnfunky said...

I am your newest follower!!! This is one of the most touching blogs I have ever read. I saw you on Lovely Little Things and clicked on your button based on the title of your blog!! I love that it is so Christian based and I just went through and read a ton of your posts. So inspirational and so many good tips on the whole fitness and eating healthy thing. I work until 5 and have a very stressful job, so it is hard for me to come home and even begin to think about working out. You have really motivated me though!!!

Jayme and Mendi said...

This looks delish! And a perfect soup to warm up with this weekend. I'm bookmarking this recipe now. ;) Thanks for sharing!

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Hollie Ann said...

the bangs look great!!!!

Sara said...

Yummy! That soup looks amazing!

Erin said...

You are so pretty girlie! I am stopping over from Jessica's blog! :)

CrazyNutsMom said...

Love the bangs!

Soup sounds good, not sure about the kale. Will have to try it and see. I'm following you on google+.


Allison said...

I had never cooked with kale either, but I promise it is great!!

WhyCuzICan said...

Sounds super yummy!

Visiting from DIY Home Sweet Home linky party and thanks for sharing :D
~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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