Sunday, January 17, 2010

Soup is for Lovers

I just made that most incredible soup and I feel like the world needs to know about it. Have you ever had the Olive Garden's soup and salad for the lunch special? Well, I made the Zupa Toscana and it tasted just like the restaurant soup. But because I had made it... it tasted better. It was like I had reached nirvana with every spoonful of cream, kale, potatao and sausage. I finally get what all those Hindus in India were talking about. But seriously, incredible.

Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Zupa Tuscana Soup
1lb. spicy italian sausage, crumbled
1/2lb. smoked bacon, chopped (or bacon bits)
1 quart water
2 14oz cans chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cubed
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed (or minced garlic)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 C. kale, chopped (or 3 C because it is so good!)
1 C. heavy whipping cream (I ain't scared)
salt and pepper to taste (mostly just pepper

In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you cook. Rinse and set aside. Brown bacon. Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion in soup pot. Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add sausage and bacon. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add Kale and cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat through.