Why buy, when you can easily make this inexpensive, full of flavor creamy potato soup.
Here’s another copy cat recipe for you guys. Back in the day, when I ate out all the time, I use to frequent Olive Garden. I loved their bread sticks and salad, mostly and this potato soup. Of course I researched a copy cat recipe for that too! I’ve placed it on my to do list and will post the recipe for y’all once I get to it.
Anyway, back to this creamy potato soup. The first spoonful was aaaaamazing! The crumbly potato’s and crunchy bits of smoked bacon compliments the creamy richness of the soup. The flavors detonated in my mouth, with every bite. It was so good, I had to have seconds. I would’ve had thirds but I had to share. I’m so pleased that it tasted better than Olive Garden’s version.
A couple things I did differently; I added a bit of butter, cayenne pepper, beef sausage and beef bacon. If you have a big family or love seconds, then you may want to double this recipe. I wish I had!
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copy Cat Recipe
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 lb sausage casing removed I used beef sausage
- 7 slices of bacon I used beef bacon
- 4 russet potatoes sliced thinly and cut in halves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cayenne Pepper to taste optional
- 3 tbs unsalted butter
- 1 onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2½ cups chopped spinach I used spinach and kale blend
- In a large skillet over medium heat add bacon and cook according to packaging. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.
- Add sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Crumble sausage as it cooks. Drain then set aside.
- Add olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir until the onions are tender and translucent for about 2-3 minutes. Add in chicken broth and stir until boiling. Add the thin sliced/halved potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Add spinach/kale blend and sausage and stir until spinach is wilted, about 1 min. Add in heavy cream and butter. Stir until heated through, about 2-3 minute; season with salt,pepper, cayenne pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately and add crumbled bacon as garnishing on top.
Recipe adapted from: Recipe Critic