My husband loves Olive Garden, especially Zuppa Toscana. We are happy to go to Olive Garden just to get the soup. We hate waiting for a table and going to restaurants are not a good idea with a toddler. My toddler loves to scream in restaurants. He gets lots of stares and attention when he screams. He hasn't learned that not all attention is good attention.
This is how I made Zuppa Toscana or Tuscan Soup, a hearty soup with kale and sausage. Brown Italian Sausage with garlic and chopped onion. Pour 2 cans of chicken broth in with a quart of water. Then add some chopped potato (keep the skins on it) and let it simmer. After about 20 minutes add 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1 cup of kale. It came out great.
For the main meal I made chicken alfredo. I admit I cheated and used the Velveeta box dinner with frozen cooked chicken. I did add some extra garlic. Hey! My kids loved it. The Velveeta box dinners are better than Hamburger Helper by the way.
Quick successful meal- Check!