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Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

We don’t eat out very often. When we do, we usually support local restaurants. We have our favorites and sometimes it is nice to let someone else do the cooking:)  I don’t like chain restaurants or fast food-sometimes I wonder if they even serve real food:)   So when we were eating at our friends house the other night and they told us we were having the “Olive Garden’s soup”, I had no clue what they were talking about:) Sure, I have been to the Olive Garden, but it has been many, many years.

Our friend created a copycat recipe of the Olive Garden’s “famous” Zuppa Toscana soup. I didn’t try it because of the meat, but Josh loved it. It was right up his alley-spicy Italian sausage, bacon, cream, and kale. At least he got his greens in:) He ended up having two bowls-I gave him my share…ha! And don’t worry, our friends made sure I had a veggie option-they are too nice:)

Josh was craving the soup the other night-I was scared he was going to drag me to the Olive Garden, but instead he wanted to make it. Whew! :) Josh bought all of the ingredients and made a big pot of Zuppa Toscana at home. He was pleased with his soup-he said it really hit the spot!

Josh highly recommends eating this soup with good, crusty bread. He likes to dunk the bread in the soup. He loves the robust flavors and big meat chunks.

If you love the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup, try making it at home. I am sure it’s even better than the real deal!

*And if you love the Olive Garden-I am glad, it is just not my “cup of tea.” :) No hard feelings..ha!

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Yield: Serves 8


1 pound Italian sausage
1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large white onion, diced
4 slices bacon chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups chicken broth
2 cups Water
1 cup Heavy cream
3 large Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cups Kale, washed and roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a medium skillet, saute the Italian sausage with the red pepper flakes. Drain excess fat, set aside.

2. In a large soup pot, saute the bacon. When the bacon is half way cooked, add the onions and garlic. Saute until the onions are tender-about 5 minutes.

3. Add the chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil.

4. Add the potatoes and cook until soft, about 30 minutes.

5. Add in the heavy cream and sausage and cook until the soup is heated.

6. Stir in the chopped kale. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

If you like this soup, you might also like:

Tortellini Vegetable Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil Stew with Sausage from Simply Recipes
Italian Saussage and Bean Soup with Chard from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Wild Rice, Mushroom, and Sausage Soup from Recipe Girl

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111 Responses to “Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe”

  1. Char — April 27, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    This looks fantastical! 😀 Just wondering though….if I can’t find KALE here in this itty-bitty town of mine, what can I use as a substitute? I don’t think spinach is as hearty as KALE, but I”ll use it as a last alternative if I need to. Anyway, could you please give me a few suggestions? I really want to try this! Thanks! :)

  2. Tearlach — August 4, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    its delicious

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  5. suvi — January 30, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    If you’d like to try a REAL tuscan soup (and it’s vegetable one, no sausage, they don’t do that in tuscany. Trust me, I lived there for 5 loooong years) google ribollita. Absolutely fabulous!

  6. MG — May 16, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    This looks delicious! Do you think spinach would be a good substitute for the kale?

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  8. Lori — August 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    It’s kind of funny seeing the title written the way it is because two words are repeated.

    “Zuppa Toscana Soup”:

    ‘Zuppa Toscana’ is Italian for “Tuscany Soup” and then you added on the word “Soup” so it reads “Tuscany Soup Soup.” It would have been better if you just left it at “Zuppa Toscana.”

  9. Kelly — September 9, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    I just made a big pot of this soup! It came out excellent… my husband likes it even more than I do. We like to shake a ton of pepper on top before eating it and that makes this soup taste even better.

  10. Deborah — October 7, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Just made your soup, it was fantastic! thank you for the recipe =) just a warning to others – stay away from rainbow chard as a substitute for the kale… we ended up with strawberry milk-colored soup!

  11. Shannon — October 8, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Yesterday was our first chilly day in Texas this fall. Soup sounded like the perfect Sunday night dinner. I made this last night…it was soooooo good and flavorful!! Even my kids gobbled it up! Plenty for leftovers tonight! Surely, one of our favorites!! Mmmm, if you are a soupie like me, you MUST try this recipe. Definitely restaurant quality!

  12. Paula — November 16, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    I made this for dinner last night and I must say it got a big thumbs up from everyone. I used Italian chicken sausage (I had some in the freezer). It was my first time cooking with kale and it was very easy to prepare and use. I will be looking from some other recipes with kale. We also had the Mexican rice bowls this week. Thanks for two great recipes.

    • Two Peas replied: — November 16th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      You are very welcome!

  13. Carol J — November 25, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight, and it tastes so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  14. KellyB — December 12, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I wonder how the kale would keep in a soup like this. Would I need to keep it separate until I am ready to reheat it or just leave it in there. Just seems like it would eventually get soggy like spinach does.

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  18. sophia thomas — August 18, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I love this soup I omit the chicken and use beef base and sprinkle pepper bacon crumle on top with a pich of shredded parmasesan

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  20. Diane — December 28, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    This has become my favorite soup recipe!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Lori — August 16, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    I’ve made your version several times – it’s soooo much better than even the original. I also Love that I can make it spicier or add spinach instead of kale if that’s what I have…. And it’s even better the next day or two!!

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