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Zuppa Toscana

What you need: 

vegan Italian style sausage, cut into rounds or bite sized chunks
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 onion diced
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cans vegetable broth
3 potatoes diced (I use russet)
1/2 cup vegan creamer or half and half/soy milk
2 cups kale, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil

What you do: 

Saute onion, garlic and red pepper in oil over medium heat until onion is translucent.
Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes and boil until fork tender.
Reduce heat to medium and add half and half and sausage and kale and cook until heated through.
I usually make this using tofurkey Italian style sausage and dairy half and half, but am sure vegan substitutes will work fine.
Great with a green salad and some crusty bread, or as a meal on its own!
This is a vegetarianized version of Olive Garden's a sausage and potato soup.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
3
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This recipe required A LOT of massaging.  I took all the suggestions into consideration and changed/added the following...

-browned the sausage
- used home made sausage ( http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=34513.0)
- Caramelized 1 1/2 onions deglazing with white wine
- More garlic!
- A fresh bulb of fennel, sliced plus some of the green
- handful fresh parsley
- tsp. dried oregano
- more broth and more soy milk

As is I would say this was a pretty boring recipe but it started with a great idea; my husband saw his bowl and exclaimed, "Is this that Olive Garden Soup!?" We were very happy with the end result!

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;)b This is the best soup recipe I've found on VegWeb. So savory & spicy, a perfect autumn soup. I doubled it, plus added an extra 2 cups of water and a veggie bouillon cube - I like a lot of broth and this broth was especially awesome - such a pity I didn't have any crusty bread on hand to soak it up.  Will make this again very soon.

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This was really yummy! Just like Amymylove suggested I will try to brown the soysauge before adding it to the soup next time. I really liked this recipe though.

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YUM! I use vegan butter instead of soymilk and add a little nutritional yeast. I usually omit the sausages since I rarely have them on hand and it's still just as good :)

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Made this for dinner tonight, and it turned out pretty well. I don't think I ever ate the meat zuppa toscana@the OG, but I worked there for awhile(after going veg), and always watned to try it(....as much as one can... thought it looked interesting).

Anyway, I used some almond milk(no creamer) so it wasn't as creamy, but everyone enjoyed it, and no complaints on the kale, which is always a plus. I used about 3/4 of a 12oz pkg of Morningstar Farms sausage meal-starter thingy, which must be pre-spiced b/c this def had a kick. My husband asked if I'd used annise in it(which I hadn't)....anyway, if they're available in your area, I def recommend their use for the sausage.

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this did not turn out that great for me.  i liked it, but it did need a little more seasoning, and I ended up adding too much fennel.  Also, I'm not crazy about those the tofurky italian sausages but used them anyway and I didn't think they tasted good in a soup.  sooo basically this recipe was not for me but I will play around with it as I do like the idea of a potato soup with kale. 

Bummer I am sorry it didn't turn out for you! I can't wait to make it again with the mods I did! I am in love with this soup! I just need to pick up some potatoes... I might try using half soy milk half soy creamer next time (so it won't be as fattening)... You gotta try the Field Roast Italian Sausages... They have fennel in them so you won't have to add so much

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this did not turn out that great for me.  i liked it, but it did need a little more seasoning, and I ended up adding too much fennel.  Also, I'm not crazy about those the tofurky italian sausages but used them anyway and I didn't think they tasted good in a soup.  sooo basically this recipe was not for me but I will play around with it as I do like the idea of a potato soup with kale. 

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You should have seen the look on my boyfriend's face when he finished his bowl of soup (inhaled it, in fact). PRICELESS. It was SO good, and as the previous reviewer noted, it tastes quite rich but feels really healthy and light. I cooked it at my boyfriend's place, and he doesn't stock any spices or herbs, so I felt it was slightly lacking in that department. I used GimmeLean sausage because that's all my grocery store had, but the Tofurky italian sausage would have been way better. Regardless, it was awesome and will definitely be made again and again!!

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Loved it!!!  Tasted so hearty but sat in my tummy very light!  I added a veg cube, a dash of garlic powder and onion powder.  Yummy.  I used up all my kale on kale chips 2 nights prior so I so I sub'd spinach instead-even though I added the spinach at the very last minute it still came out melt in your mouth type creamy, which was fine but I can see the kale lending this dish more boldness and texture.  But either way this dish is a keeper.

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This soup is AMAZING! I read all the other reviews and made some changes...

-6 cups "chicken" broth instead of 2 cans
-1 tsp fennel seed
-1 tbs nutritional yeast
-1 cup silk soy creamer
-2 thinly sliced Italian Field Roast Sausages
-Lots of fresh cracked pepper and a bit of salt
-1 tbs garlic

Next time I am going to try browning the sausages first before putting them in the soup

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