I had this first up at a ladies retreat--delicious! At least as good as the Olive Garden's. Mind you, this is not a quick recipe, but it is well worth it! Thanks Lori for the delicious meal, and the recipe! 5-Star Soup!!
1/2 lb bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
5 cups chicken stock/broth
2 or 3 carrots, diced
1 cup pasta (precooked) - I used ditalini
1 tsp. thyme (opt) or rosemary or bay leaf
1 lb sausage
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
3-4 large potatoes, large dice
2 large handfuls of spinach or kale
2 cups cream, 1/2 & 1/2, or whole milk
1. In large pot, brown bacon, add sausage & onions when bacon is half done. Add garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes, drain fat.
2. Pour chicken stock in pot with meat, then add vegetables (except spinach/kale), and herbs.
3. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Add pasta and spinach. Cook 2-3 minutes.
4. Just before serving, stir in cream. Heat but don't boil. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
If you are doing this in a crockpot, follow step 1, and then put everything in the crockpot. Cook on High for 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Add cream just before serving.