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Making Zuppa Toscana

Last week, Hims and I decided to try Olive Garden again, as neither of us had been to one in five years or more. I hear all the comments about it being “industrial Italian”, but we figured it was worth a try after all this time. Picky Me liked what I had. I’m glad it’s not something we’d choose to do on a regular basis; I’d eat myself silly! (Garlic breadsticks, I’m lookin’ at you…)

I ordered the Zuppa Toscana, having never tried it before but curious. Oh… dear… I loved it so much I went home and looked up the recipe, and wound up making it last night using the recipe I found on, with a few tweaks like turkey sausage. I don’t cook that much, so was happily surprised when this stuff came out heavenly! So, so good.

My first try at Zuppa Toscana
My first try at Zuppa Toscana

And grateful I didn’t figure out the Weight Watchers PointsPlus cost for a bowl of the stuff until afterwards, because at 14 points per serving, I don’t think I’d have enjoyed it quite so much! It was definitely points-worthy, I admit. Now I’ll have to work on a lighter version: experiment with something other than heavy whipping cream, or perhaps less than the called-for cup, maybe less potatoes. (Of course, I could always just leave the sausage for Hims, and that would cut out a lot of the points right there!) When I do figure out a lighter version, I’ll be sure to post the recipe – and the results! – here.



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11 thoughts on “Making Zuppa Toscana

    1. So far, the Zuppa Toscana is the only one I’ve tried. I have a funny feeling I need to make room in my diet for the others they offer! Help – which would you suggest first?

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    2. If this is the only soup you get, maybe I’ll just have to try out their others and post what I think. (Ohhh, what am I getting myself into?) I probably won’t do vegetable, though. I don’t like vegetable soup. I’m even making a face right now.

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    1. Thank you! I’m always curious (or “nicely nosy”, depending on who you ask!) so went and looked at your blog immediately. It’s just gorgeous! I’ve got your post “My 10 Blogging Tips” bookmarked in my browser already, and had to follow you as well. *laffs* And I am glad we discovered each other.


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