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The Best 72 Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipes – Vote For Your Favorite!

Zuppa Toscana is a soup available at The Olive Garden restaurant. Zuppa Toscana is a traditional Italian recipe. It originated in Tuscany and is a soup made from sausage, bacon and greens in a chicken broth with potatoes and cream. The name Zuppa Toscana literally means Tuscan Soup in Italian. Pretty much anyone who has been to Olive Garden has tasted their amazing Zuppa Toscana and loved it. This simple sausage and potato concoction apparently has the power to warm people’s souls and make them happier. The best part about this soup is that it is 100% a meal on its own. With lots of meat, potatoes, and a serving a greens, this is a perfectly hearty meal when served with a good loaf of crusty bread.

the best 72 zuppa toscana copycat recipes on the internet

Here are the best 72 zuppa toscana copycat recipes, listed in no particular order. Please scroll down to vote for your favorite. Warning: this is a very image-heavy post!

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Best Pasta Recipes on the Net (August 2013 Edition)

Pasta is a type of food made from flour, water, and sometimes eggs, which is mixed, kneaded and formed into various shapes, and boiled prior to consumption. While the name comes from Italy, pasta is very popular all over the world. The English word pasta generally refers to noodles and other food products made from a flour and water paste, often including egg and salt.

There are two major classifications: pasta fresca (fresh) and pasta secca (dried). From here, there are more than 400 unique types of pasta: sheets, strips, long strands, cylinders, unique shapes, flavors, and many other local varieties. There are more names for pasta than the mind can retain, yet all are made from the same basic ingredients — 100% durum wheat and water with a specific percentage of acidity and humidity under Italian law. Varying from the basics, light flavors and colors can be added to pasta with egg yolk, spinach, tomato paste, chocolate, and even squid ink. Each of these pastas creates its own unique dining experience when properly served. Another crucial aspect of the experience is pasta being married with an appropriate, complimentary sauce. The individual shape and texture given to pasta can be somewhat of a code in determining the proper sauce. A simple rule of thumb would be as follows: thick pasta = thick sauce, light pasta = light sauce.

It’s fast, easy and everyone loves it – little wonder that pasta is one of the most popular dishes in the world. Quick, tasty and filling – pasta is perfect for midweek meals.

Here are the best pasta recipes from the month of August 2013. If you think other recipes also deserve to be on this list, please leave a comment.

Best Pasta Recipes on the Net (August 2013 Edition)
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39 Healthy and Delicious Avocado Recipes

Why do we love these magical green fruits so much? First off, they’re clearly delicious. But they’re healthy, too! Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat (which can improve cholesterol levels, decrease risk of heart disease, and benefit brain activity), vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), and vitamin B6 (promotes healthy skin and serves as a back-up fuel). Plus, they’re just darn delicious. And while avocados are a great addition to just about any healthy recipe, just remember not to overdo it — this fruit can be fairly high in calories for those watching their intake.

39 unexpected avocado recipes

39 unexpected avocado recipes

Here are 39 of our favorite delicious, at least semi-healthy avocado recipes. Try one of them today!

BREAKFAST

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! A whole-wheat Naan bread or other flatbread makes a great hearty base for a breakfast pizza. Top with avocado mash and an egg cooked any style. Throw on some extra veggies (we like arugula and tomato) for even more flavor and nutrients.

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza recipe by The Kitchn

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza recipe by The Kitchn

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The 8 Fattiest Foods in American Chain Restaurants

The Center for Science in the Public Interest conducted their annual “XTreme Eating Awards,” crowning the most calorie-laden, artery-clogging foods from all around the US. Dishonorees include a butter-soaked grilled cheese stuffed with deep fried mozzarella sticks and burgers topped with fattened pork bellies and a fried egg.

 

 

 

8) IHOP’s Monster Bacon n’ Beef Burger

8) IHOP’s Monster Bacon n’ Beef Burger photo

1250 cal., 42g sat fat, 1590 mg sodium

Bacon is blended directly into the meat in this monster double burger from IHOP.  Though it has the lowest individual caloric intake of the dishes on this list, it boasts 2 days worth of saturated fats and a whole day’s worth of sodium.  With the side of seasoned fries, this meal will put you at 1550 calories.

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Pizza a la Provenzal {Inspired Lunch}

Pizza with Cheese, Portobello Mushrooms, Garlic and Parsley

“I’m craving for pizza” I told J. on Saturday. I had just finished talking with my Mother on the phone ‘mostly’ about my Grandmother’s cooking and her passion for garlic and parsley! Yes, it was time for something “a la provenzal” {something with garlic and lots of fresh parsley}–I’m anxious already, he said. 

{me too}

After picking up some parsley from the garden , I started kneading, chopping… and finally the aromas of fresh baked pizza dough began to fill our house. And here is the picture that I’ve taken while J. was finishing setting the table. 

I leave you with this pizza  a la provenzal recipe. I will be back soon. 

I hope you’re enjoying this week!

Pizza a la ‘Provenzal‘ {Cheese + Portobello Mushrooms + Garlic + Parsley}
This Pizza does not need pizza sauce. The idea is to taste the flavors of cheese, mushrooms, garlic and parsley.

Dough:
2 1/2 C. all- purpose flour / plain flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Instant dry yeast
1 C. warm water
2 tsp. olive oil
2 C. Cheese { any cheese you like}{ I used, mozzarella, parmesan and blue cheese}
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely sliced


Provenzal Mushrooms:
250 g Portobello Mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 1/2 C. Parsley chopped
1/4 C. olive oil + about 1 Tbsp. butter
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste {optional}

Preparation: 
Dough
In a bowl add flour and salt. Set aside. Take a measuring cup and add yeast, warm water and  sugar–Mix well and cover with a plate.Wait (about 15 minutes) for bubbles to appear in the yeast.Add yeast mixture to the flour plus the oil. Mix together all the ingredients using a wooden spoon to form the dough.Now using
your hands work the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.Add a little flour while kneading.
Cover and set in warm part of the kitchen-let the dough rest for 30
minutes. 


* Preheat oven at 180C / 355F 15 minutes before baking the pizza.


When ready, just punch down the dough over a floured surface and shape into a circle.

Transfer the dough into lightly floured baking tray. Brush the dough with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with the cheese and onion slices. Bake for 15 minutes. 

Mushrooms a la Provenzal:
In the meantime, heat up a frying pan, add olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic for a couple of seconds until the garlicky aroma develops.Add mushrooms and sautee for a couple of minutes, add butter, salt and pepper.Cook mushrooms until soft, turn off. And add fresh parsley. 

Remove pizza from the oven add the mushrooms a la provenzal. Garnish with some parsley leaves.Serve immediately.

Source: Al Dente Gourmet