Tuesday, February 12, 2008

In Case We Never Make It to Olive Garden.....

Zuppa Tuscana! I can never pass this up in the restaurant and at home it's even better!

4 links italian sausage, sweet or spicy
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
basil, oregano, salt and pepper
4 potatoes, sliced in half moons
8 cups chicken stock
2 cups kale, shredded
2/3 cup cream (ok, I'll be honest...I add the whole pint :))

Cook sausage links in a skillet while you get the onions and garlic going in a little EVOO in a soup pot. Slice up and add the sausage to onions and garlic when done. Once the onions are clear, add italian seasonings and salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken stock, then potatoes and simmer it all together until the potatoes get tender. Add the kale and let that simmer just until the greens wilt. Turn down the heat to medium low if you haven't already and add cream. Once the cream has warmed through give it a little taste test for any last second seasoning adjustments and enjoy with salad and crusty bread!

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