When I was growing up in the state of Washington, it was a big deal to go out to the The Olive Garden. We'd get dressed up and were so excited to celebrate whatever the big event was and go out. The Olive Garden was a favorite choice of many. The inviting atmosphere, the smells that come out as you wait with your disk in anticipation of its vibration knowing that means you will be seated and soon eating their irresistible and oh so memorable bread sticks. One of my favorite things to order was their soup and salad combination. I loved their salad and couldn't get enough of their Zuppa Toscana, and Italian soup with potatoes, onions, garlic, heavy cream, kale, Italian sausage bacon and spice with crushed red peppers. The flavor was so desirable to me at the time, this was before I knew what a vegan was!
When I made the Homemade Vegan Italian Sausages I couldn't help but think of Zuppa Toscana and how wonderful it would be make it for my husband. I knew the perfect occasion, Valentine's Day lunch.
Vegan Italian Sausages, onion, garlic, thick cashew cream, potatoes, greens and red peppers make this soup unbeatable and very reminiscent of my youth. We tested it once before to ensure it was good, we ate it all! The second time I served us less, Gerald went back for seconds and offered to clean up taking bites along the way. I may or may not have licked both of our bowls, it is that good!
This soup is:
The scent awoke my husband from his nap to see if it was ready. I hope this soup is received in the same amount of appreciation in your home. With love & light, Christa
Vegano Zuppa Toscana
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