I can't lie, I haven't had whatever 'chain restaurant' soup this is imitating. However, it's still really good. I must confess I left out the bacon because, to me, adding bacon to anything overpowers all the other flavors. So, I tend to try things with & without bacon. I also used kale instead of spinach (per reviews), and milk + cornstarch instead of cream. The "hot Italian sausage" I bought wasn't hot enough for us, so I added 1.5 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes. Also, I think 6 potatoes is a really large number... maybe really small potatoes?! I added 4 and it seemed like so many, I added extra chicken broth + upped the amount of milk I used. Ultimately I left it cooking for 40 minutes after adding the potatoes, and they were super soft - maybe more potatoes wouldn't have been bad? In any case, I really liked this soup. I let the kale sit in the soup (covered, but off, still on the hot burner) for about 15 minutes and it was really good. Next time... will try with bacon!
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I can't lie, I haven't had whatever 'chain restaurant' soup this is imitating. However, it's...