Easy copycat Zuppa Toscana is a perfect dish for Summer coming to an end and with Fall rolling in.
I love making this hearty soup for my family. Not only is it SOOO delicious. It is super easy and quick. I usually pull out this recipe on our busiest days (school days). I’m a stay-at-home mom and that makes me the VERY convenient babysitter. I don’t mind, I love having house is full. Homework time with 5 kids sometimes 6 (plus a baby) can take awhile. That’s when this recipe is a lifesaver. I am able to spend time with the kids and cook dinner.
I’ve read many versions of this recipe, there was even a few for slow cooking. Which is cool to me. If you don’t have time to be slaying away over a stove and you got a lot to feed, I recommend this! Not only is this recipe quick and easy. It stretches to feed a crowd. Trust me on this I am usually cooking for 18+
Toscana soup is a Olive Garden favorite. It’s a shame I never got to try their version… we don’t have an Olive Garden here in the islands.
It absolutely SUCKS…. I think having an Olive Garden on the Big Island, of Hawaii would suffice. Just saying… I love anything pasta…. Anything Italian cooking pretty much!
Back to the soup, not only is it good for those cold days it’s great for any time of the year. You’d love the soft kale, and the creamy taste to it. With a bit of bacon bits added…. Omg you got yourself a mouthwatering soup!! Goes well with dinner rolls, for us islanders we eat it with rice. Can’t get enough of that white rice!!
- 1 tsp. McCormick California style Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp. Extra Olive Oil
- 10 oz. Bag Cut N Clean Bag of Kale (depending on your size family use half of the bag need be. I used the whole bag)
- 1 lb. Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage (Sage Flavor)
- 3 Potatoes Scrubbed and cute into cubes
- 1 Onion diced
- 2 cubes of Badia Chicken Flavored Cubes (diluted in 2 cups of water)
- Half pint of Whipping Cream
- 3 oz. Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits
- 1. Heat up your pot on medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute for a bit before adding Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage.
- 2. When adding the Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, break it up and mix well with the garlic and onion.
- 3. Once the pork sausage is browned and onions are nice and soft add in the cubed potatoes, kale along with the diluted Chicken flavored cubes. Lower the heat a little past medium, cover and allow the potatoes and kale to cook. Stir continuously.
- 4. Once the potatoes and kale are nice and soft add in the bacon bits and whipping cream. Cover and let the whipping cream and bacon bits simmer a bit with everything else. Allow the flavors to come together.
- Serve with dinner rolls or over rice. I love to add a bit of Tabasco sauce since my kiddos don’t eat spicy. Enjoy!!