I have been home for the last 3 days with my 5 year old daughter home sick from school. Now she is a fairly good “sick kid” not whinny, not demanding, and quite honestly I think she’s better behaved when she’s sick. Maybe its from having less energy to fight with mommy. All she has done is watched movies. 16 movies to be exact. I have been slowly losing my mind in an ever rotating line up of brightly colored animations. She will watch the same movie 3 times in a row back to back. I don’t get it. WHY? Why do we need to see this three times? I kept wondering if she was devising some crazy plan to drive mommy batshit crazy with a new form of 5 year old movie torture.
By noon yesterday I was ready to start banging my head into things, and when she asked to watch Hotel Transylvania again for the 4th time, I drew the imaginary line in the sand, I put my foot down, I took a stand… I turned to Pinterest! After a quick browse on my pinterest boards I picked out a few things to make and I hustled us off the grocery store for a quick shop. I needed to do something before I ended up writing hate mail to the cartoon movie makers or making little voodoo dolls of little yellow minion creatures and green ogres.
I was to the point that if I had to hear another flippin song about some stupid princess who couldn’t find a dress to wear to the ball I was gonna shoot myself! I mean really?! Whats wrong with the dress you’re wearing? NOTHING! Whats wrong with the 100 dresses hanging in your closet princess chicky?! NOTHING that’s what! AND if you ask me, if prince charming is not gonna like ya because you show up to the ball in a gown hes already seen well then hes a dick and you should move on a find a guy who doesn’t care. You and your perfectly drawn animated boobs that I would kill for should just wear a pair of jeans and a sweater, show the prince you don’t dress for NO MAN!
ok ok, So maybe Im still a little bitter this morning. Oh and as if my 3 days of toon torture wasn’t enough, I am now sick too. I feel like hell today. BLAH. But I really wanted to share this recipe with you guys, it was quite honestly the highlight of the last 3 days of my life.
Zuppa Toscana Soup. Apparently this is an Olive Garden Copycat Recipe. I have never been to an Olive garden in my life, we don’t have them here where I live (i don’t think) So I can’t tell you if its anything close to the original, but I can tell you, it is REALLY good soup! My hub said it was the best I’ve made, and I make a lot of soups in the winter. I have seen this recipe all over everywhere. A lot of people have tried it and posted it, some with small variations, but I went with the recipe I saw at DamnDelicious.net they actually have quite a few great looking recipes over there, so check them out.
- 4 slices of bacon*
- 1 pound of spicy Italian sausage*
- olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced*
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped up small
- 3 cups of baby spinach*
- 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream (You can use half and half is you would like it lighter)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Parmesan for garnish
- Chop bacon up and cook in a pan till crispy. Drain on paper towel, set aside. (dont pick at the pieces, you need these for later!)
- Remove the sausage from the casings and fry it up. Make sure you crumble it up as it cooks. Drain off any excess fat and set aside.
- In a large pot over medium high heat. Add a bit of olive oil, chopped garlic and your onion, and cook until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth and bring it all to a boil. Add your potatoes and cook until tender.
- Stir in crumbled sausage and spinach until spinach begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Garnished with bacon and Parm and serve.
*NOTESI doubled the recipe as I like to have left overs. So I used a full pound of bacon. I also used mild sausage as I have little kiddos and non of us like spicy food. I added about 6 or 7 cloves of garlic instead of the 2. Because I wanted left overs I decided to not add the spinach directly to the soup and instead added a handful to the bottom of each bowl, then ladled the soup on top and gave it a min to sit. There was enough heat to wilt the spinach and still leave it with a bit of crunch. It was FAB!
This is really great soup. I am surprised with such simple ingredients that it tastes as good as it does. Kitchen magic for sure! Give a try and let me know what you think!
Whats your favorite soup?