If you've ever gone to the Olive garden you have no doubt had the Zuppa Toscana because it is awesome. I like the soup, like some bread sticks and love the crack Alfredo dipping sauce. Because I love the soup so much I thought I would give it a whirl I found this recipe online and gave it a go.
You could say that it was awesome, but that would totally be underrating it. My wife wasn't excited about the soup (she prefers other soups at The Olive Garden) and said mine was better than there's. Things I did differently from the recipe, I made it in a dutch oven and didn't use any bacon. Really the world doesn't need more bacon, it's gotten to be shorthand for "rich" or "decadent". Used judiciously it can be good, this recipe doesn't need it. I browned the sausage in the pan and removed it using the grease from the sausage to saute the onions and garlic. I have chicken broth ready to go, so I just added 4 cups of that rather than base and 4 cups of water. I also sliced my potato up to the texture I remember from The Olive Garden and followed the directions as they where written.