Zuppa Toscana Soup
A favorite Italian hearty soup made with sausage, potatoes, and bacon in a rich flavorful cream broth. This is one of the most popular soup recipes! This copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe will be sure to please!
If you have ever eaten at Olive Garden and tried their Zuppa Toscana Soup, you may have become hooked on it really, really fast. It is such a hearty, comforting, and flavorful soup that is insanely popular. It has such a following that many people go to Olive Garden just for this soup.
When I was in high school and college, every single friend's birthday was spent at the Olive Garden. It was tradition and we weren't budging. We always ordered the same thing -- salad, Zuppa Toscana Soup, breadsticks, and a raspberry lemonade. It was a place where we could get full without spending a lot of money (we were all on our college budgets back then)!
I fell in love with the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup and had to figure out a copycat recipe for it.
Fast forward years later, I was living on the same street as my friend, Heidi, who can COOK big time. I loved to go over to her house, chat about our life with kids, and eat all of her homemade food. One of my favorite things she would make is this Zuppa Toscana Soup in the winter. It was always so comforting and helped us get through raising our crazy toddler boys. 🙂 Now, it is time to share the recipe with you!
Zuppa Toscana Soup is made with sausage, potatoes, bacon (did someone say bacon?!), onion, chicken broth, kale, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. It is so creamy and delicious and you won't want to stop at one bowl.
This Zuppa Toscana Soup is absolutely perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner at home as the temperatures start to plummet. I mean, we are still 87 degrees and in flip-flops at the end of November but we are pretending that it is actually cold here. The Christmas tree is up, the carols are playing, and we are officially in Christmas mode in our home.
Tips on how to make Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup at home:
- Start by sauteeing onion, garlic, and sausage. Browning not only cooks the sausage but also brings out the flavor. When making homemade soup, it is important to develop flavors along the way.
- Use a hearty potato. I tend to use russet potatoes because they stand up against the heat and won't become soggy. No soggy potatoes! We are going for soft, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes. I leave the skin on the potatoes, cut the potato lengthwise, then cut into thin slices.
- Add the cooked, crispy bacon at the end. I have seen many recipes where the bacon is added at the beginning. I prefer to add it at the end so it stays a little more crispy. I also reserve some bacon for garnish. It just looks pretty and everyone gets excited to see bacon front and center. Feel free to add a few more slices of bacon if you love it.
- Cut the kale into small pieces. Kids (and sometimes adults) may be afraid of green things, such as kale. I found that if I cut it into very small bite-size pieces, kids hardly even noticed it. I tell them to focus on the bacon, people!
- Add heavy cream and parmesan cheese at the end and cook just until simmered. This is what brings it all together and gives the soup and rich, creamy texture.
This is the start of COMFORT FOODS week. Can't wait to share all of our favorite comfort food dishes starting with this Zuppa Toscana Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe. Happy Cooking, my friends!
LOVE this soup!! I make this almost every time it gets cold and rainy. I use hot Italian sausage, just our preference.
Can you possibly give us a good recipe for making our own Italian sausage substitute with ground turkey? I’ve needed this in many recipes as I don’t eat much pork, thank you very much
ABSOLUTELY the best recipe ever! Hands down it is a favorite in my house. If you aren't a spice fan, then omit the red chili flakes. Thank you Melissa for this creation!
I usually do not love soup but this recipe is AMAZING! It is way better than olive garden's and is one of my go to recipes!
delicious yes! The chicken broth was only 32 oz (4 Cups liquid). I had to double the liquid to serve 6 people. I must have misread the recipe. Smacking my forehead.
Just made this and YUM. Didn't have chili flakes so I used a dash of cayenne and used more kale because I wanted to use it up but otherwise to the letter. Glad to add this to my soup rotation-thank you!
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I made this for Christmas. I thought I was bringing too much. Turns out everybody loved it and wanted seconds. Next time I better make more. I added some spinach and used sweet and hot Italian sausage. best soup ever. Question? Can I use milk instead of heavy cream.
I love this recipe. Many of the ingredients were items I had in my kitchen. My husband even like it and that is saying a lot. I didn't want to save it until after I'd made it, but after I'd made it. I was devastated when I went back onto the web to find it again and had to wade through several recipes. I was so thankful when I found it again, I actually printed it out. Thank you!
This is an excellent recipe! I've made it with Italian sausage and I've made it with AmyLu Andouille chicken sausage I get at Costco. When i use the AmyLu Andouille chicken sausage I just add a little extra fennel, basil, oregano and paprika to make it more Italian sausagey. You can adjust to your taste with the AmyLu. Great recipe--you'll love it. Thanks Modern Honey--your recipes are fantastic!
I ate this for 4 days straight!. Cut amount of kale in half, but otherwise followed the recipe. Very tasty with well balanced flavors.
I followed your recipe to the letter and it was DELICIOUS! Cutting the potatoes into thin half moons makes the consistency perfect. Thank you!
How many calories?
This was absolutely delicious and way better than Olive Garden!!!! Thank u for sharing this recipe. I will be making this often.
Loved this soup. I used pancetta instead of bacon but no other changes. Even better the next day.
This is SO good. Better than Olive Garden's, my whole family loved it, and I had to stop myself from going back for thirds! The ratio of ingredients is perfect. Very, very tasty!
This soup recipe may just trump Olive Garden's version. . . . sooo delicious!!! Thank you Modern Honey!!!
Thank you, Dawni!! It's a favorite in our house so I am so happy you loved it too.
Awesome! Probably the best soup I have ever eaten. Thanks!
Hi Martin! What an amazing compliment. Thank you so much for trying my recipe!
YES!!! ANOTHER PERFECT MODERN HONEY SUCCESS!!! THANK YOU! I made this tonight and it was a hit with everybody. Thanks for the tip about cutting the kale small. Definitely helped with my young kids. Hubby wants to eat this every day and is still talking about it 3 hrs after dinner.
You are so sweet, Annie! Thanks a million for trusting me and trying my recipes. I appreciate it!
how much water do you add.or do you pour everything into the potato water pot
Your looks even better than the Olive Garden! I will make this for sure after the holidays. Thank you. I needed some new soup recipes.
Thank you so much, Pam! I appreciate it and all of your kind support!