I had a sweet friend over for lunch the other day. We had "my version" of the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup. I found a recipe on line but as expected I didn't have all the ingredients. Not a problem! I rarely follow the recipe as it is.. I tend to be more of a "little bit of this and a dash of that" kind of cook. :)
So.. here is the link with the recipe for those of you who like to have exact measurements.
Here is the version I made. :) Equally yummy in my humble opinion.
1/4 c. butter
1 lb. pork sausage
1 package of cream cheese
2 c. milk
3-4 c. chicken broth( I used 3-4 c. water + 4 cubes of chicken boullion)
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
chopped onion ( I used 2 Tbsp. minced onion)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
salt and pepper to tase
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 c. fresh kale or greens of choice. (* I used kale and swiss chard)
Cook the sausage in your soup pot. Drain and set aside. Add the butter to the pan along with the cream cheese. Melt and mix well. Whisk in the milk a little at a time to make a base for your soup. (* I used the cream cheese because I did not have cream) Add 2 cups of chicken broth and whisk together. Add your potatoes, onions, spices and sausage. Then I added more broth and milk to suit my taste. Use your judgement here on what you like.
Shortly before I served the soup I added the fresh greens and cooked till they were limp, but not over cooked.
We had freshly baked wheat bread and homemade applesauce and my special brownies :) Yum!
1 box of brownie mix
1 c. chocolate chips
Make the brownies as directed. Sprinkle the chips on top and bake. They are always a huge favorite wherever I take them. It is funny how people rave and all I did was add 1 c. of chocolate chips to the top.