Friday, January 29, 2010

Gluten & Dairy-Free Zuppa Toscana Rip Off

I was going to call this post "Take a Leek" but I didn't think anyone would click on it.

This is Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana. Yummy, but full of cream.
Not so awesome for the dairy-allergic husband, but he loves it.
Tonight I made a satisfying, allergy-friendly rip off.

Potato Leek Zuppa E

3 leeks, white and light green parts only, washed very well and chopped
2 tbs Earth Balance Spread (dairy-free butter substitute)
2 lbs potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups water
3 cups chicken* broth (make sure broth is Gluten-free)
1 cup of bacon or Italian sausage, crumbled*
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 cup kale, chopped
Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning

*could easily make this recipe vegan by using vegetable broth and sausage substitute

1. Saute leeks in Earth Balance spread in a large saucepan. Cover pan, cook on low for 10 minutes. Watch leeks--do not brown.

2. Add water, broth, seasoning, and potatoes. Bring to a low boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Cook bacon or sausage in a separate pan. Place on a paper towel after cooking to drain oil. Let cool, then crumble.

4. Ladle soup mixture into blender. Blend until smooth, return to pan.

5. Add kale, parsley, bacon (or sausage). Taste, season more if needed. Needs a decent amount of pepper to taste like the OG soup.

Primary reason for writing this post: to tell the world that E, AKA: E "I don't eat veggies" P, ate LEEKS and KALE. Voluntarily. That is all.


  1. Tell E that when you have food allergies, you aren't allowed to refuse any other foods. For the love of food! Sheesh! :)

  2. Recipe and thoughts thereof = making me hungry. Gluten free or gluten full. Sounds great. Must try.

  3. Are you nuts? I would have clicked your "Take a leek" post like a lab rat hungry for its next crack fix. When in doubt, always be gross.

  4. Thank you! This is my favorite soup recipe! Seems I'm limited to sticks and rocks. Damn allergies. I CAN eat this 😊