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Tuscan Soup

November 10, 2008

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I’m always looking for new soup recipes.  Perhaps its because I never know when The Husband is going to be home and soup just kinda hangs out until the party starts.  The cold weather always brings cravings for more hearty soups that will stick to our bellies and warm us from the inside out. 

This soup is my adaptation of Olive Garden’s Zuppo Toscana.  I’ve lightened it up a bit to make it a little more hippy friendly.  Give it a try… you’ll love it!

Cat’s Tuscan Soup
A Cat’s Pajamas Adaptation

2 T olive oil
1 package Italian turkey sausage (sweet or hot… whatever you like)
1 T crushed red pepper
1 large onion, chopped
6 slices turkey bacon, in 1/2″ pieces
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped (depending on your love for garlic)
Salt and pepper
6 c chicken stock
2 russet potatoes, peeled, halved, thinly sliced
1/2 c heavy cream
1 lb fresh spinach, lightly chopped

In a large soup pot, heat the oil and crushed red pepper over medium-high heat.  If using link sausages, remove casing and add to the pot or add ground sausage and cook through, breaking up as you go.  Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside. 

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Add bacon pieces, garlic and onion to the pot, reduce heat to medium and cook until onions are tender and bacon is cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add chicken stock, bring to a boil and add potatoes.  Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.

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Just before serving, return sausage to the pot, add spinach and cook for about 2 minutes until wilted.  Stir in heavy cream and heat through. 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2008 10:33

    That soup looks amazing! I love using sausage in soup, as it adds so much flavor instantly!

  2. November 10, 2008 10:54

    Yum, I could go for a bowl of that soup right now!

  3. November 10, 2008 16:01

    That looks right up my husband’s alley (I wouldn’t tell him the sausage was turkey-he likes the regular fatty kind). Tonight might just be a soup night…it’s cold here in CT.

  4. November 11, 2008 07:09

    That looks so wonderful. The kind I like to dunk good Italian bread into. Mmmm…
    I agree, soups and stews are great for waiting, they just get better!

  5. Teresa permalink
    November 11, 2008 11:00

    That looks delicious! Today is a gray, cold, dreary day here in the Midwest. The perfect day for a bowl of soup! Can’t wait to try it. I know my family will love it.

  6. November 13, 2008 22:08

    That looks so delicious. I’m sure it was much tastier (and healthier) than the Olive Garden’s.

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