Zuppa Toscana {An Olive Garden Soup Knockoff}

Happy Holidays! We all know when the Holidays approach so does cooler weather, shorter days, and the need for warm, delicious meals for comfort and warmth. Keeping that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my secret recipe of Zuppa Toscana {an Olive Garden soup knockoff} and it seriously tastes BETTER than the soup you buy in their restaurant. Better yet, I’ve even included my recipe for Parmesan breadsticks so you can create your own Italian inspired dinner….at home!

 Zuppa Toscana Soup {Olive Garden Knockoff}

Ingredients
1 pound Italian Sausage (you can use mild or hot Italian sausage depending on your desired taste.)
2 cans {16oz) Chicken Broth (I use whisk bliss {a universal cooking base} mixed with water and chicken bouillon to create my chicken broth base.)
1 quart Water
1 large Onion (I prefer to use a Walla Walla sweet onion. The taste is amazing!)
4 medium Red Potatoes, 1/4 inch pieces.
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1⁄4 cup Bacon, cut into little pieces (We purchase a bag of pre-cut fresh bacon bits from Costco.)
2 cups Kale, chopped
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
 
Directions
Makes: 8 servings
 
Step 1 - Brown sausage, drain grease, and set aside.
Step 2 - Add chicken broth and water into pot and stir.
Step 3 - Place chopped onions, potatoes, and mined garlic into pot. Cook until potatoes are soft.
Step 4 - Add sausage and bacon to soup.
Step 5 - Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 6 - Simmer soup for 10-15 minutes to enhance flavors.
Step 7 - Turn stove or crockpot down to low heat.
Step 8 - Add chopped kale and heavy whipping cream into soup.
Step 9 - Cook soup until kale is cooked thoroughly.
Step 10 - Serve with warm bread sticks or biscuits. Enjoy!
 
 

Easy Parmesan Breadsticks

Ingredients
1 package Refrigerated Buttermilk Breadsticks (I used Pillsbury breadsticks)
1⁄4 cup Canola Oil
3 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese (you can use the pre-grated cheese that is almost like a powder…easy peasy!)
1⁄2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Dried Parsley Flakes

Directions
Makes: 8 servings 
 
Step 1 - Twist individual sections of dough to make a twisted breadstick. Tuck ends under and place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
Step 2 - Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 3 - In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
Step 4 - Using a basting brush, brush the warm breadsticks with the Parmesan mixture.
Step 5 - Serve and enjoy! Make sure you get one too…before they’re gone!

Enjoy!

 
About the Author

"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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