Soups & Salads

Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Posted: October 5

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Zuppa Toscana originates from Italy, meaning “Tuscan Soup.” Olive Garden’s take on this classic dish is actually a richer and more filling version, explaining its widespread popularity. Copycat Zuppa Toscana captures what makes the Olive Garden soup so delectable: it’s filled with hearty potatoes, savory and spicy sausage, and creamy broth. Topped with parmesan cheese, Copycat Zuppa Toscana is a thick soup that sticks to the ribs and keeps you warm no matter the weather. Isn’t today a perfect day to stay in and cook?


6 ounces bacon, chopped
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
1 medium head (10 cloves) garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
1 medium onion, finely diced
4 cups chicken stock
6 cups water
5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch-thick pieces
6 cups kale, chopped
1 cup whipping cream
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
parmesan cheese, optional, for topping


Step 1

In a dutch oven or a large pot, add in the chopped bacon and sauté until browned, about 5-7 minutes, over medium-high heat on the stove-top.

Step 2

Remove the bacon and place it onto a paper towel-lined plate, setting it aside to be used later for topping.

Step 3

Spoon out most of the excess oil from the pot, leaving 1 tablespoon.

Step 4

Add in the Italian sausage, break it up, and then sauté it until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the sausage and place it onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 6

Add the onion into the pot andsauté until golden and soft, about 5 minutes.

Step 7

Add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 8

Add in the chicken stock and water, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 9

Add in the sliced potatoes, cooking until easily pierced with a fork, about 13-14 minutes.

Step 10

When the potatoes are nearly done, add the cooked sausage and chopped kale, and bring the mixture again to a light boil.

Step 11

Mix in the cream and return the mixture to a boil.

Step 12

Season the soup with salt and black pepper, to taste. Then, remove from heat.

Step 13

Garnish with bacon and parmesan cheese before serving.

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