You guys. I LOVE the Olive Garden. I could and would eat just about anything on their menu, and their soup is no exception. Since I don’t have a tree growing money in my back yard, nor do I have a lavish food budget where I could eat Olive Garden every night of the week, I guess my only option is to enjoy the OG on occasion and make their yummy recipes at home. And that’s what I did. Behold– Zuppa Toscana Copy Cat from the Olive Garden– the Lighter Version.. OH YEA.
This recipe is amazing. In fact, my husband hoarded all the leftovers and wouldn’t let me have another taste. When he steals all the leftovers, well, that means success around here. And what I also really love about this recipe is that I got EVERY SINGLE ingredient from Aldi. Aldi is the bomb and I save so much money there when I am not using coupons at other places. This recipe cost me under $10 to make for my entire family, plus leftovers! And for a special meal, I would call that success!
Oh and another great thing, IT’s a LIGHTER version! Meaning, I am saving you calories right along with moola. Double YEA. I love it! So, are you just dying to know how to make it? Well, wait no longer, ’cause here it is. Enjoy!
- 4 Gold Potatoes- washed and diced (if you use a different kind of potato, you might want to peel, depending on the texture and thickness of the skin)
- ½ Pkg Bacon- diced
- 1 lb 97% Lean Sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed (If you like spicy, feel free to find Spicy Italian Sausage)
- 1 Tbs Cooking or Olive Oil
- 1 Medium onion-diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves- minced
- 1 Box Container of Low Sodium Chicken Broth (32 oz)
- 3 or so Cups Fresh Spinach
- 1-1/2 Cups Half & Half
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Prepare and slice potatoes, set aside.
- Fry up diced bacon, drain on a paper towel and set aside.
- In a skillet, add sausage and brown, crumbling the sausage as you go. Don't forget to remove the casings before doing this! Drain sausage if you need to and set aside.
- In a medium pot, add oil, garlic and onion and cook until onion becomes translucent.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, toss in potatoes and cook until tender.
- Reduce heat and toss in sausage and spinach. Stir and cook until spinach begins to wilt.
- Remove from heat and add half & half and salt and pepper.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with diced bacon bits. Enjoy!