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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Author/Submitted by: Sonia Borges, guest relations for Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. Published 3/13/96 in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Taste Section.
Servings: 5
Categories: Pork / Soups

1 1/2  cups  Sausage links, spicy; about 12 links
3/4  cup  Diced onions
6  slices  Bacon
1 1/4  teaspoons  Minced garlic
2  tablespoons  Chicken stock
1  quart  Water
2  medium  Potatoes, cut in half and then into 1/4 slices
2  cups  Kale, cut in half and then sliced
1/3  cup  Heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place sausage links onto a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until done; cut into half lengthwise, then cut at an angle into 1/2 inch slices. Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Add garlic and cook an additional 1 minute. Add chicken base, water and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

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