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Zuppa Toscana {Olive Garden Copycat Recipe}

Posted by  ·  October 20, 2017  ·  Last Updated: July 30, 2018

This delicious Zuppa Toscana soup recipe was a hit at one of our recent family get-togethers. It tastes like the Olive Garden soup. Serve with some crusty bread for dipping up the soup! How can you go wrong with bacon, sausage, and cream!

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. I make all these soup recipes all winter long.

Zuppa Toscana

zuppa toscana

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

This recipe really does taste like the Olive Garden Recipe. YUM! Sliced potatoes, sausage, bacon, and kale are swimming in a delicious broth. If you like your soup spicy try spicy Italian or hot Italian sausage and then toss in red pepper flakes.  The heavy cream added at the end of the cooking makes it extra rich and creamy.  The soup goes together quickly. If you want to make it ahead just put all the ingredients, except the kale in cream in your slow cooker.  Add the kale about 15 mins before serving and then the cream just before serving. Just make sure the soup is heated through.

5 from 1 vote

Zuppa Toscana

A rich creamy flavorful soup loaded with potatoes, sausage, and bacon. Just like Olive Garden's famous soup.

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy recipe, olive garden, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 474 kcal


  • 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.

    Nutrition Facts
    Zuppa Toscana
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 474 Calories from Fat 342
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 38g 58%
    Saturated Fat 17g 85%
    Cholesterol 111mg 37%
    Sodium 588mg 25%
    Potassium 653mg 19%
    Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 14g 28%
    Vitamin A 56.3%
    Vitamin C 41.5%
    Calcium 9.3%
    Iron 10.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


    Filed Under: Recipes, Soups

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    1. Andrew Kroll
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
      for me to print out.
      • Cindy
        Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
        Hi Andrew, You can now print the recipe out.
    2. 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.
    3. 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!
    4. 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?) :-)
      • Cindy
        Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
        Too funny Mike!
    5. 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.
    6. 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!
    7. Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
      Simply awesome... cant wait to try it out, hoping it will keep warm in this chiller climate.
    8. 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.
    9. 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?
    10. Manna
      Friday, January 3rd, 2014
      Another Kansan here :) Will make this soup for a small group gathering tonight! Thanks for the recipe!
    11. Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
      Recipe sounds amazing. We love soup at our house. I live in Kansas too!
    12. 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!