Zuppa Toscana Knockoff

Serves 4-6

Prep time:10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cost: $3.15

sausage: 2.00. bacon: .40, onion: .10, cream: .50, kale: .15

1 1/2 C spicy (or not so much) sausage

2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (we use red potatoes)

3/4 C onion, diced small

6 slices of bacon (you can totally get away with 2-3)

1 1/2 tsp minced garlic (2-3 cloves)

2-4 C kale leaves, cut into inch pieces

1 quart water

1/2 C heavy cream, or a bit more if you're feeling lucky

4 tsp chicken bouillon granules or Better than Bouillon

Note: You can sub chicken broth for the water and bouillon if you've got it.

Note: You can peel the potatoes or not. Olive Garden leaves the skins on. 

Note: You'll notice a wide range in the kale amounts. I like kale. I usually add a bunch, but I think the more authentic recipe would use the lower amount of kale. 

Note: I use 2-3 strips of bacon. I love the flavor it imparts, but don't much love bacon in soups. It's pretty good the first day, but I notice as the days go by that it gets kind of chewy and blah. 

One last note: Leave that bacon fat in there folks. It adds a lot of flavor. If you are looking to lower your cholesterol, then simply omit all ingredients in this soup except kale and water. Thank you.  

Cook sausage until it's no longer pink. Remove from skillet. Cook bacon and onion over medium heat. Take bacon out when it's crisp and keep cooking onion longer if it's not tender yet. Add garlic and cook a minute until it's fragrant. Add water, potatoes and chicken bouillon. (Note: If you've got tough or thick or extremely curly kale, put it in the pot here; if it's young and tender you can add it later.)

In the meantime, crumble your bacon. 

When potatoes are soft, add bacon, sausage, cream, and kale (if it hasn't already been added). 

Simmer 4 minutes and serve. 

Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate: tastycheapskate.blogspot.com