Monday, April 30, 2012

Toscana Soup 2.0

I've been craving Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup lately and decided that I needed to find a recipe to enjoy at home. I adapted my version from this recipe - using chicken sausage, extra kale, and less cream to make it healthier. Even Chris likes it, although he prefers spinach instead of kale.

Copy-Cat Toscana Soup:
4 links precooked Al Fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
3/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 1/2 cups of chicken stock
2 baking potatoes (preferably organic)
1 head of kale (preferably organic), chopped
1/3 cup of whipping cream

Scrub and pierce potatoes, bake in microwave for 5 - 8 minutes until soft, roughly chop and set aside. Remove sausage casings and roughly chop into bite-sized pieces. Cook sausage, onion, bacon in a large pot over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Reduce heat to low and add chicken stock, potatoes, and kale; simmer for 15 minutes. Add whipping cream, simmer for 5 minutes and serve.

Oh, by the way, I'm going to try to go gluten and sugar free for a couple weeks to see if that helps with some of the health issues of late. It doesn't sound particularly fun, so wish me luck!

"Put on your poker face, Mom just found the holes in the yard!"

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Emory Austin


jniz said...

They were framed by the evil gato (moochie). I am pretty sure. Some of it is pretty good but alas not as good as sugar.Truvia is a good natural sugar substuite.

Jaggy said...

I make my own version of this for The Man probably once a month. He has dubbed it "Zuppatoni." I have converted to using a pint of half-and-half instead of the cream, and I use ground turkey mixed with some of my own Italian seasoning. Just easier to find in this town. The Man and I like LOTS of kale (but only in this recipe). Shh, he hasn't figured out that kale is "healthy" yet.

Gluten-free is a challenge. It takes a bit more planning, but it isn't too hard once you learn what you can still eat. Also, The Man doesn't realize he's eating gluten-free food most of the time. I just forget to mention, "by the way, your favorite mac and cheese? corn pasta, bucko." :D

Everyday Obscurity said...

Jniz - I've thought about trying Truvia or Stevia, but haven't decided whether I like the idea yet.

Jaggy - Chris is anti-healthy-food; me and my big mouth keep letting the cat out of the bag! I haven't tried any pasta substitutes yet, are there any brands that you recommend?

Jaggy said...

I swear The Man and your man are brothers. It's just scary sometimes.

Brown rice pasta and corn pasta are easily found in the pasta aisles at Safeway and Trader Joes. I haven't looked at Winco, but they are pretty good at carrying G-F food. Brown rice pasta is super tasty if you remember three things: 1) don't overcook it, 2) use a HUGE pot of water, the biggest you have, and 3) rinse, rinse, rinse! Then microwave to reheat. Corn pasta is much more like wheat pasta but takes a bit longer to cook. It is also more expensive. The Man can't tell the difference between wheat pasta and corn pasta.