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peconic
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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: Kathleen]
      #994204 - 04/20/09 09:28 AM (173.70.202.81)

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Kathleen said:
I'm trying that tonight but subbing fresh chopped kale for the spinach. I'll add the beans too. Not so sure about putting in evaporated milk though. I'll possibly add a splash of half & half at the end if I think it needs it after I taste it.




I consider any recipe only a guideline, and substitute/add/remove ingredients as I see fit... let us know how your version comes out!
Kale sounds good! but I'm staying with the spinach, as that is what we have on hand...
I might even be tempted to add chopped escarole or leeks to this recipe, when they are in season...

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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: Kathleen]
      #994207 - 04/20/09 09:42 AM (70.109.115.105)

How about escarole instead of spinach?

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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: Mrcroz]
      #994210 - 04/20/09 09:43 AM (173.70.202.81)

Great minds Mrcroz! read my post above yours!

Lots of great suggestions for variations here!

I'd be tempted to use sundried tomatos (soaked in EX. Virgin Olive Oil), before I'd use tomato sauce/paste, etc. though...
there are delicate flavors in this soup, and I just feel Tomato Sauce/Paste might tend to overpower the basic recipe and flavors...
a small amount of roasted garlic might be a nice addition too...

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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: peconic]
      #994284 - 04/20/09 10:55 AM (70.109.115.105)

Great minds missed your mention of escarole!

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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: peconic]
      #996750 - 04/21/09 04:13 PM (168.122.219.39)

I agree stay away from tomato sauce as it might make the soup acidic. And yes, you are using some very subtle flavors so be careful. I would also stay away from the Kale as it is bitter and the essence would prevail

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Re: Tuscan Soup [Re: dseltzer]
      #996778 - 04/21/09 04:49 PM (96.56.29.154)

I made it with kale last night and it was not bitter at all. In fact, I think spinach would be more bitter. I cut out the ribs & stems before I coarsely chopped it. I used turkey sausage and added a bit of red pepper flakes since I couldn't get spicy turkey sausage this time. I did add a splash of half & half at the end (maybe 1/4 cup) and this added a little richness. It was delicious! Had it for lunch today and it was equally good.

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