Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sausage & Kale Soup (Copycat recipe for Olive Garden's Toscana Soup)

This soup is adapted from a copycat recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. Something about this flavor combination just warms you from the inside out. Michael always says he wishes he could just put the broth in a mug and drink it (not that I have ever told him he couldn't). I always make a huge pot of this soup because we love to have leftovers. You can easily halve this soup if you only want to eat it, say, 2-3 times in a row :) As I made it above, it makes 8 large servings, 7 points each.

Sausage & Kale Soup

- 8 c. chicken stock (2 cartons)
- 1/2 c. fat free half & half (I used to use all cream, but decided to use some half & half to cut calories)
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- 6 small or 2 large red potatoes
- 4 c. chopped kale (1 bunch)
- 1 lb. andouille sausage (or spicy Italian)
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1/4 - 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes


1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute the sausage. You can either remove the casing and crumble the sausage, or cook in links, then cut into slices. I've tried it both ways, and they both rock!
this time, we removed the casing

and crumbled the sausage

2. In the meantime, combine chicken stock, half & half, and cream in a large soup pot over medium heat.

3. Slice the potatoes into 1/4" thick slices. Halve smaller potatoes, or quarter larger ones. Add to the soup.

4. Chop the kale and add to the soup. FYI - not all kale has the purple veins... this is an organic purple kale. I'm not partial to one or the other, this was just all they had at my store.

wash the kale - remove tough stems
roughly chop the leaves.
Don't be alarmed - it looks like a lot of kale,
but I promise it cooks down to a manageable amount of greens!
see, much better already!
5. Add sausage and spices to soup. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

the cream will separate slightly, stir before serving


  1. Very tasty! May saute an onion to add to it the next time, but otherwise will keep it the same. I made this bread to pair with it, and it was perfect.

  2. I'm glad you said that - I have considered adding onion a few times, but we like it so much I've been afraid to mess with it. I think I'll try that next time, too! That bread looks yummy - do you have a bread machine or do you use the dough hook on your mixer?

  3. We have both, but I did this one just as described with the machine-I think it is easier, but so loud.