It's my husband's favorite soup at Olive Garden. I like to think I make it better. :) He even agrees.
I know it's not quite yet soup season, but I made it because I got some yummy Tuscan Kale in our Bountiful Basket.
I posted about it on instagram and got a few questions about it so I thought I would post it here too (you can find me on Instagram @deliacreates). I actually snapped a few pictures with my dSLR as well so that I could blog about it on my family blog, so you don't have to go off my poor cell pictures. :)
It's a recipe I got online a couple years ago, and have tweaked a bit. I wish I could link to the original, but I really wouldn't know where to find it anymore. There are lots variations when you do a google search, so if you don't like this version then you can find more that might suit your tastes better.
If it sounds intimidating, it's really not. It only uses one pot and about 45 - ish minutes!
1 pound mild Italian Sausage
1 large onion, diced (white or yellow)
4 strips of bacon, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic pressed/minced
10 cups of water
5 cubes of chicken bullion
1 c. of heavy whipping cream
2-3 large russet potatoes chopped or sliced (I prefer chopped)
small bunch of Kale, stems removed and leaves given a rough chop
1. In a large pot, cook sausage on medium high heat, until cooked through and brown. Remove sausage and store in fridge until later. Keep sausage drippings in the pan.
2. In same pot, lower heat to medium and saute chopped raw bacon and onion until bacon is cooked through and onions are translucent/soft. Add garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes more, stirring constantly so garlic doesn't burn.
3. Add water and chicken bullion. Increase heat to medium high and bring broth to a boil.
4. Add potatoes and reduce heat to medium. Cook about 1/2 hour or until potatoes are soft.
5. Add heavy cream, heat through. Then add sausage and kale, heat through again.
Serve warm. Top with Parmesan or Romano cheeses as you desire (we were out).
**I also like to serve it with sliced baguette bread smeared with garlic butter (3-4 cloves of garlic pressed and mixed into softened butter) and baked at 400 for 10-ish minutes.
I hope you're enjoying your Monday as well. Today, I'm painting the table in the background of these pictures a fun color. :)