Here's a question: has anyone out there not made zuppa toscana soup before? If you havent, you must! Its so good, especially on a cold day. And really easy to make. So to encourage you to try it, here is how i make mine.
spicy ground Italian sausage
half an onion
a couple cloves of garlic
3 or 4 slices of bacon
about 5 little to medium sized red potatoes
one bunch of kale
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
8 cups of water
7 chicken bullion cubes
salt and pepper to taste
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
note: i used collard greens instead of kale this time because i had some in the fridge from our CSA farm. and i needed to use them up :)
Here's how to make the soup:
1. brown up the sausage on a skillet until no longer pink. In the meantime, turn on your favorite Pandora station to make cooking more fun! i listened Carla Bruni radio.
2. when its done, move it to a napkin lined plate to soak up excess grease.
3. fry up your bacon. by the way, did you know you can get fresh bacon at the deli meat section? and it costs the same as the packaged ones! Viktor discovered it for me yesterday. :)
4. move the bacon to the same plate as the sausage. when its cool enough to touch, break it up into pieces. if you have some chewy fat sections, eat them now! they wont taste that good in the soup. you want the crispy pieces only.
5. chop up your onion and garlic and saute them up in a pan until onion is soft. fill up a pot with water and drop the bullion cubes in it. add the onion and garlic mixture.
6. chop up your potatoes into about 1/4 inch slices and add them to the pot. bring the water to boil.
7. skim any excess fat and foam from the pot.
8. when potatoes are almost soft, drop in your sausage bacon mixture. you might want to dab at it with a napkin to take off as much oil as possible beforehand.
9. add your cream, taste, and add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes as you see fit.
10. roughly chop up your greens and drop them into your pot. turn off the heat immediately, as you don't want your potatoes to become too mushy and fall apart. but if they do, its still delicious!
11. ladle yourself a bowl and maybe throw in some shredded Parmesan cheese for extra goodness. :)
here's another random thought. i noticed that when i cook, i wash the dishes at the same time. for example, when im done using my cutting board and knife, i wash it while something is frying in my pan. and so on, so that when the food is ready, i have no dishes left to wash and the kitchen is clean. I'm not sure how i developed this habit, but its really nice! are any of you the same way? or do you have any other odd habits?