Zuppa Toscany

I am sure many of you have been to a certain popular Italian restaurant and had a well-known soup… Well this soup is patterned after that soup but Limi prefers his soups to be thick and hearty, so I made this one thicker than the soup that most people have eaten at this popular restaurant… If you haven’t tried it then now is the perfect time to give it a shot! This recipe is made in the crock pot so it is quite easy, and very satisfactory. 
I know I said I hate pre-cooking things that go in a crock pot, because I feel like it defeats the point of the crock pot, but I did pre-cook the sausage for this soup. It only takes about 3 minutes though, so it doesn’t add too much time to your preparations. 
You can change it up by using spicy sausage or kielbasa sausage. It works best with fresh spinach, but if frozen is all you have, then by all means use it. You will barely tell the difference. And then serve it with bread sticks or rolls on the side. :)

Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes
1/2 pound sausage
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 TBS garlic powder
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup spinach
1 cup half-and-half
1 TBS cornstarch

Directions:

Wash and cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Put the potatoes into the crock pot. Saute the sausage over medium-high heat until cooked, and add it to the crock pot. Add the onion, garlic powder, chicken broth and water. Cook on high for 4 hours.
About 5 minutes before serving add the spinach to the soup and cover with the lid. Mix the cornstarch into the half-and-half and add it to the soup. Let the soup return to a low simmer before serving.
Recipe adapted from Get Crocked and a recipe a friend of mine gave me years ago.

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