The Olive Garden is notorious for bad gluten free food but one thing they do get right is their zuppa toscana.
Unfortunately it’s not gluten free nor are their breadsticks.
Luckily for you I re-created this lip smacking soup to be gf friendly.
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 3 small russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 piece chopped bacon (cooked) for garnish
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups kale, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream or canned coconut milk
- 3 tsp chili pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Chop sausage into small pieces.
- Brown sausage in soup pot.
- Once sausage is cooked set aside and cook onion and garlic in same pot until translucent.
- Add sausage back to pot.
- Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes and water to pot and stir.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Place potatoes in the pot.
- Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
- Turn to low heat.
- Add kale and simmer for 5 min, until kale is tender.
- -- Add cream to taste. I prefer to not add the cream to the pot but rather have it at the table for guests to add as much or as little as they like. Full fat canned coconut milk can be used in place of cream and tastes just as good.
Andrew: When was the last time you went to the Olive Garden?
Rebecca: 3 or 4 years ago before I went gluten free.
Andrew: So it probably wasn’t a place that you went to very often.
Rebecca: No it made my stomach hurt every time I went there.
Andrew: I don’t think I’ve been to the Olive Garden in five years or maybe six years but one thing I used to love eating there was the soup and salad and breadsticks my favorite soup was the zuppa toscana it was so good I used to dream about that soup.
Is there anything that you would eat there that you really liked.
Rebecca: Prior to changing my entire lifestyle I loved creamy sauces, fettuccine alfredo, chicken carbonara, I like the which cheesy creamy sauces.
So that might be a clue as to why I was going to the bathroom all the time.
Those were the dishes that I loved there, and the bread sticks I mean who doesn’t love the bread sticks?
Andrew: Those breadsticks are really good.
Going back to the zuppa toscana, my whole family would order the exact same soup when we went to olive garden and I was always disappointed because even though it was a bottomless bowl it seemed like there was never enough kale, sausage or potatoes it was just a bunch of broth but the broth was really good.
So I figured out how to make it myself.
I bought all the ingredients to make this soup on Christmas day but at the last minute we ended up in Fresno having Christmas with my niece and nephew.
So the next day I made the soup for my dad, and its like the best soup in the world to him.
It’s really easy to make it’s just kale potatoes sausage broth and a little cream at the end or you can use full fat coconut milk.
And no the soup will not end up tasting like coconut milk if you choose to use coconut milk instead of cream. The broth has a strong flavor and the subtle flavor of the coconut milk does not overpower it it just adds a little creaminess to the broth.
I highly recommend trying the soup it tastes very good, it’s healthy.
Does this soup sound good to you?
Rebecca: Yeah I love soup!
I know you’re in California but its freezing over here in my part of the world so soup is always something great to have in January-February here on the east coast.