If you’re anything like me then this soup will definitely seem familiar.
That’s because it’s based off of the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, aka liquid CRACK. (Whereas their chicken gnocci soup is more like liquid morphine.) Oh, those were the days.
Here’s a sad story: I used to spend my Friday night’s holed up in a side booth at the neighborhood Olive Garden with a copy of Atlas Shrugged. This was two years ago. I would get the UNLIMITED Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks combo meal and get refill after refill of each item. Poor employees, they thought I’d be a ‘two bowl’ wonder and leave.
Naht. Just because I’m skinny doesn’t mean I can’t eat, people.
Still to this day I think it’s the best deal in town (HELLO, $6.99 for unlimited refills, and a to-go bag for lunch tomarrow?! Ya can’t beat it!)
Unfortunately ignorance is bliss, because now I know better and I haven’t been to an Olive Garden since. For Christmas my mom got me a gift card there, and it got me wracking my brain for anything on their menu that I can eat in good conscience.
Which then gave me the idea of trying to replicate one of my favorite soups here. Actually there are a ton of recipes online that copy all of their soups. Hmmm… I wonder if paleo gnocci would be any good?
If anybody is curious why I’m using white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes (like tons of people in the paleo community) I’d refer you to this post. I believe in following what feels right for my body AND my palate.
Too bad I didn’t think ahead of time to make some tiny mint chocolates.