Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Zuppa Toscana and Carmel Apples

Do you like the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden? I love it, but we don't go there much. Bud doesn't like the restaurant. Anyway, a few years ago Trina found the recipe and has made it for us several times. I haven't made it before, but it wasn't hard at all. It was yummy.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana


1 1/2 C. spicy sausage links -- 12 (I used the sausage I had -not links)

2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, and then cut into 1/4" slices

3/4 C. onions, diced

6 slices bacon

1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

2 C. kale leaves, but in half, then sliced

2 T. chicken base

1 qt. water

1/3 C. heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place sausage links onto a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until done; cut in half length-wise, 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. Remove bacon and crumble. Add garlic to the onions and cook an additional 1-minute. Add chicken base, water, and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

I made some carmel apples:

They look yummy, don't they? But....................

You CAN'T eat them! They are part of my fall decorations and I made some for my daughters, daughter-in-law, sister, and niece. I found the directions here and here:

They were great fun to make, but I can't decide if I should display them with wrapping on or off. What do you think?


Kath said...

I like them wrapped. I have mine sitting on my desk at work and my co-workers can't believe that they aren't real.

Tanner said...

I'm glad I read your post. I'm pretty sure I would have taken a bite out of one. They look really tasty!

How long ago did Trina make that soup? I thought she didn't know how to cook? I will have to ask her if she is hiding things from me.

Anonymous said...

This sounds so yummy and I have always loved that zuppa soup, thanks for sharing.
(otherwise known as K.Shellady

Trina said...

For everyone who hasn't tried Zuppa, go to Olive Garden and eat it, then go home and use this recipe. The recipe really is exactly the same, and very easy to make!! As for the apples, I think if you have multiple, display on a platter, if you have one, display wrapped.

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