I remember the days when my hubby and I were on a much tighter budget. With 5 kids, It was hard to find date time. Still we made it a priority to have a date once a week, come rain or shine. In the earlier tight for time and money days, we went to affordable restaurants like Olive Garden for their soup, salad, and bread sticks. While I am not a huge fan of Olive Garden. I do have a lot of good memories from there. I also adore their Zuppa Toscana soup, which is a creamy soup filled with spicy sausage and kale. I got it every time we went, along with their Italian Margarita. It may not have been much, but to us it was a date, just the two of us. The kids were not there to interrupt, and that made it romantic.
Romantic Tip: No matter what your budget is, remember to have one date night a week. Getting out together sparks conversation and rekindles romance that fades so fast in today's busy hustle and bustle life.
You can half this recipe and end up with 2 perfect large "entree" sized soup bowls full. My husband likes to take this to work though, so I am making the regular batch.
Tuscan Potato Sausage and Kale Soup a.k.a. Zuppa Toscana
adapted from Mom, What's For Dinner?
1 lb Spicy Italian sausage
2 large russet baking potatoes,
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups kale chopped
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Remove sausage casing and ground up meat with a spatula in a skillet over medium high heat. Add Bacon, onion and garlic.Cook until meat is cooked through, Drain.
Slice Potatoes in half,and then in half again and then in 1/4 inch slices.
Place potatoes, chicken broth, and water in pot and cover, and cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
Add sausage and bacon
Salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Turn to low heat.
Add kale and cream.