Zuppa Toscana {Olive Garden Copycat Recipe}

    Posted by  ·  January 2, 2014

    I love soup on a cold day and it is could here in Kansas! This delicious Zuppa Toscana soup recipe was a hit at one of our recent family get togethers. You might also like my Tomato Basil Soup. It is so good and I have learned that if you used crushed tomatoes there is no need to blend or process! I also love this Cheddar Corn Chowder recipe. It is a thick and hearty soup. Probably one of my most favorite soups is Wild Rice and Tomato Soup.

    zuppa toscana copycat recipe

    Zuppa Toscana

    1 lb Italian sausage
    2 large russet baking potatoes, 1/2 inch cubes
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 to 5 slices bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups kale, chopped
    1 – 14 ounce can chicken broth
    1 quart water
    1 cup heavy whipping cream

    Brown sausage  and onion in large pot. Drain fat.  Add chicken broth and water to the sausage and onions in the pot and stir.  Add in potatoes and garlic. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done. Add bacon. Salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.  Turn to low and add  kale and cream.  Heat through and serve.

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    1. Donna B.
      Friday, January 9th, 2015
      Awesome soup!!!! I've made for my family and today going to make for my Mom.She loves this soup at Olive Garden.
    2. Betsy M
      Sunday, December 28th, 2014
      Excellent! This turned out remarkably similar to the soup I've enjoyed at Olive Garden. Homemade peasant bread complemented the soup well. Thanks for posting the recipe!
    3. Mike D
      Friday, November 28th, 2014
      Just thought you should know this has hit Facebook with a space between "Copy" and "Cat". Puts an extra layer of meaning into it at first glance. (Olive Garden has a cat recipe? Why in heaven's name would someone even want to know this, much less copy it?) :-)
    4. Brittany
      Monday, November 10th, 2014
      I ABSOLUTELY loved this recipe. I even found that it still tasted AMAZING when frozen then reheated (I worry sometimes). I am making it for someone else though, I won't be able to make it the day of. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as the best way to put the meal together prior. I have to cook the meal at least one-three days prior to the person needing it. Is it better just to make it all and then freeze it all and then have it heated up again that same day?
      • Sunday, November 16th, 2014
        I think it would be fine in your refrigerator for three days if you thought they would be eating as soon as you gave it to them. Otherwise I would freeze.
    5. Manna
      Saturday, January 11th, 2014
      Made this a week ago and it was a huge hit! I added more bacon and sausage though. Will make it again for another gathering tonight with more kale added. Thank you for the wonderful and easy recipe!
    6. Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
      Simply awesome... cant wait to try it out, hoping it will keep warm in this chiller climate.
    7. LizA
      Friday, January 3rd, 2014
      We love this soup, but with a few changes:
      Add more potatoes, then after they've cooked, mash a couple of cups to thicken the soup.
      Exchange the heavy cream for half-and-half to lighten the calories with all the fatty mouth feel.
      Either add red pepper flakes or use half spicy Italian sausage to bring up the flavor a notch.

      Add ground fennel -- a heavy 1 tsp or more -- it boosts the flavor and makes it seem sweeter without the sugar some recipes call for.

      This is an excellent soup to make for large gatherings, and it stays hot for a long time (the fats and oils help with that). A touch of Parmesan or Romano cheese really makes it sing.
    8. Denise
      Friday, January 3rd, 2014
      This looks amazing, I will be making it for dinner tonight! Did you choose sweet Italian or mild Italian sausage?
    9. Manna
      Friday, January 3rd, 2014
      Another Kansan here :) Will make this soup for a small group gathering tonight! Thanks for the recipe!
    10. Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
      Recipe sounds amazing. We love soup at our house. I live in Kansas too!
    11. Tina G.
      Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
      This looks soooo good! It is 3 degrees right now in Gardner, KS, so this sounds perfect!
      Stay warm and thanks for sharing!