Eating out with 5 kids gets expensive fast, so there's nothing I love more than recreating our favorite restaurant meals at home... except maybe improving on the original!
Recently Johnsonville asked me to participate in a series of secret ingredient challenges over the next year, and the ingredients for the first challenge are their Better-For-You sausage and Uncle Ben's Ready Rice.
The obvious recipe using these ingredients would seem to be an easy sausage and veggie stir fry over rice, but I've been craving Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana lately. Yes, I realize that this classic Italian sausage soup typically does not include rice, but I decided to add two bags of Uncle Ben's Brown Ready Rice, and we loved the added texture! Not to mention it stretches this dish just a little bit further, making it a hearty meal all on its own.
I've also lightened up this Zuppa Toscana a bit by using Johnsonville Pork & Chicken Mild Italian Sausage, turkey bacon, and reducing the amount of heavy cream by half. I still wouldn't call this Zuppa Toscana low-fat by any means, but it's certainly a better-for-you alternative.
Tip: Try baking your bacon in the oven for perfectly cooked bacon with less mess!
Try these other delicious recipes featuring Johnsonville Sausage:
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