Healthier "Zuppa Toscana"
Adapted from the Olive Garden
3/4 lb spicy Italian link sausage (about 3 links) (used spicy organic chicken sausage)
1 slice bacon, diced (used organic turkey bacon)
3/4 cup diced onion
1 1/4 tsp minced garlic (used about 2 Tbsp)
2 medium potatoes, peeled (used 3 large potatoes)
2 Tbsp chicken broth (see below)
4 cups water (used 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth)
2 cups cavolo greens or kale (used 3 cups kale)
1/3 cup whipping cream (used 2 Tbsp soy creamer)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put sausages on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until juices run clear when pricked with a fork. Let cool, cut in half lengthwise and then at an angle into 1/2 inch slices. (About 1 1/2 cups yield). Set aside.
In a 4 quart pot over medium heat, saute bacon until limp. Add the onion and continue cooking until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and slice into 1/4-inch slices. Add the potatoes to the onions along with the chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. (Remove 2 ladles of potatoes from soup and place in blender. food processor or bowl with immersion blender and puree until smooth. Add back to soup. If soup is not thick enough for your liking, puree more potatoes until it is the consistency you want).
Cut the cavolo greens or kale in half and remove any tough stems. Slice into very thin strips. Add greens and sausage to the soup ans simmer 5 minutes more. Stir in cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Notes/Results: Hearty, delicious and just as good, if not better than the original. The pureed potatoes give the soup a great texture and a couple of tablespoons of the soy creamer, although not completely necessary, does give it a certain silkiness. I increased the amount of potatoes in order to have enough to blend to thicken the base and still have plenty of chunks and cut both the sausage and potatoes in smaller pieces than the recipe stated, (more per bite that way!). The package of chicken sausage I bought had 4 links and was slightly over 3/4 pound. I also upped the amount of garlic and used low sodium chicken stock for the base instead of water for the extra flavor. Even better reheated the next day, this filling soup is a definite keeper.
Time to check out who is in the Souper Sunday Kitchen today and find out what delicious creations they have come up with.
First up is Kristen from Sogkonnite Living who mustered her inner warrior to make Rachel Ray's Samurai Soup with her kids. A little nervous about cooking with her children especially making the wontons, Kirsten was happy about how easy the soup was to make and how much fun her children had. The result was a delicious soup that made enough for everyone for dinner and still gave her a nice lunch the next day.
One of two new faces at Souper Sunday is Amy from Calm In The Kitchen, hailing from Kansas. The weather there has been crazy lately, alternating from warm to cold and Amy knows that nothing is better on a cold day than a nice hot bowl of soup. Her gorgeous Creamy Roasted Mushroom and Garlic Soup is a perfect way to warm up. Roasting the garlic and mushrooms, made this soup a flavorful, creamy, well-balanced dish that Amy calls "simple and satisfying".
I always love to meet fellow soup fans so I was excited to hear from Heather at Girlichef from Indiana, our other new face this week. Heather loves soup so much, she posted two this week. The first is a classic Tortilla Soup, adapted from the master of Mexican cooking, Rick Bayless; simple, delicious and flavorful.
Heather's second soup is the perfect "medicine" for colds and flu, her Restorative Broth, with plenty of ginger and garlic, plus a plethora or veggies and herbs (see the photo below). A big mug of this flavorful broth will cure whatever ails you.
Having a "Sandwich Day" featuring both grilled cheese and turkey cheese Hawaiian Panini, made Kim at Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet realize that you can't have a sandwich without some tasty soup to dunk it into. She whipped up a batch of her favorite sandwich dip; classic Homemade Tomato Soup. Give Kim a good sandwich, a bowl of this soup and an old movie and she is in Heaven. Congrats to Kim for blogging everyday for the month of February and winning another NaBloPoMo badge! I am impressed with her dedication!
Ulrike from Küchenlatein is getting a few hints of spring in the air and made a Spiced Citrus Bean Soup to capture the feeling. This soup contains a colorful variety of Italian "pulses", (red, white and green beans, lentils, chickpeas, green and yellow split peas & broad beans), plus spices and orange juice, and is topped with a scattering of coriander and parsley. It is the perfect soup to fill up on, and get ready to welcome Spring.
Leftover homemade pasta and a need for some soothing soup this weekend, prompted Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies to create this Green Curry Noodle Soup with Spicy Shrimp. Full of crisp veggies, tender noodles, green curry paste, and coconut milk and topped with some spicy shrimp, it is a feast for the senses. Natashya says it is a good, fast soup and very tasty!
Looks like some fantastic soups to kick off March with! Welcome to our new faces this week and thanks to everyone for sharing their soups. Check out their blogs for the recipes, more pictures and the details on their dishes. If you want to share your soup or soup-like creation, just click on the Souper Sunday logo on the side bar and you'll find all the details.
Have a great week!