Showing posts with label kale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kale. Show all posts

Friday, December 26, 2014

Zuppa Toscana

Alright, I will admit I have never had the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup. I always pick minestrone especially in the winter time. So, I can not personally say this recipe taste like the restaurant's version. All I can say is I liked it. It is creamy. It is filling. The kids liked it. It has a vegetable in it. It is an easy dish to make. It is a great soup. I served biscuits with the soup.
Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana
4 bacon stripes 
1 lb. Italian sausage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 quart water
2 large russet potatoes, cut inot 1/4 inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups swiss chard, chopped
1 cup light cream


  1. In a large pot, brown the bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside onto a paper lined plate.
  3. Add the sausage and brown.
  4. Add the garlic and onion. Saute for a couple of minutes. 
  5. Add the chicken broth and the water. 
  6. Add the potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes. 
  9. Reduce heat to low. Add the swiss chard and cream.
  10. Cook for a few minutes until the soup is heated.
Recipe adapted from

One year ago.............................I made No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.
Three years ago.........................I made Penguin Cupcakes
Did you already know................
-In 1982, the first Olive Garden opened in Orlando, Florida.
-Olive Garden is the third largest restaurant chain.
-Olive Garden's parent company is Darden.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Days that start with a T

I make sure my children do not go hungry but sometimes I do joke with them about not feeding them. They do not even take me serious. However, my niece was over one day and said, "Aunt Jen, I am hungry." As she followed me into the kitchen, I said to her, "Oh sweetie, we don't eat on days that begin with T." She looked at me like I was serious and didn't know how to respond. My children informed her I was just joking. Don't worry I did give her something to eat and I went a step further. I even provided her with a drink. See, I try to be a good Aunt. 
My sister told me she tells her daughter that they don't eat on days that end with y but her daughter knew she wasn't serious since that would be everyday.
I decided to try this soup. I will disclose that we like kale. We really liked it. Since a couple of us have a cold, I think it was a good choice. I used a sweet Italian chicken sausage. Next time, I think I will fry the sausage first to make it a little crispy and leave some to use as a garnish for the soup.

Sausage and Kale Soup
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
5 waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 cans of chicken broth, reduced sodium
1/2 bunch of kale, stemmed and shredded
12 oz. smoked chicken sausage, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes stirring.
  3. Add the garlic and the red pepper flakes, cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the potatoes and chicken broth.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce heat. 
  6. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add the kale and sausage.
  8. Simmer until the kale is wilted about 10 to 15 minutes. 
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
Did you already know........
-Kale is a form of cabbage.
-Kale is a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K.
-Kale has about 33 calories for 1 cup.