Do you ever get a craving for Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup? Now you make the Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe at home. It is easy to make and taste even better!

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Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe:

Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe is so delicious and easy to make. This is our favorite soup to get at Olive Garden so I was happy that I can now make it at home as my family loves this recipe.

There is something so comforting and satisfying about eating a warm bowl of soup. The creaminess of this copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe can’t be beat. It really is a great recipe.

This soup is rich and creamy but not so heavy that you can’t enjoy it year round. The kale helps to lighten it up and make it the perfect soup to enjoy even in the warmer months.

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What is Zuppa Toscana?

Zuppa Toscana is the most popular soup at Olive Garden. Zuppa means soup and Toscana means Tuscan. This classic soup is made with kale, potatoes, and italian sausage. The combination of these ingredients make this soup taste so amazing.

We love recreating restaurant style soups. Most of the time they add ingredients that are not necessary. I love to simplify them and they always taste so much better.

We love this recipe. It is so similar to the one at Olive Garden that my kids prefer mine over theirs.

Ingredients needed for Zuppa Toscana Soup - Italian Sausage, Olive Oil, Minced Garlic, Onion, Russet Potatoes, Salt and Pepper, Chicken Broth, Kale, Heavy Whipping Cream, Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients: 

  • Ground Italian Sausage 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Onion, chopped
  • Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Chicken Broth – You can also use Chicken Stock
  • Kale, stems removed and cut into bite size pieces 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese (for topping) 

How to make Zuppa Toscana Soup: 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Then add in the olive oil, ground sausage and onion.  Brown the sausage in the pot and crumble the sausage as it cooked. 
  • Drain off any excess grease from the pan from the cooked sausage. 
  • Then add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Make sure the onions and garlic are cooked.
  • Then add in the potatoes, salt, pepper and chicken broth.  
  • Stir occasionally to combine all the ingredients. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then gently boil over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  
  • Then stir in the heavy whipping cream and chopped kale.  Cook for approximately 5-6 minutes until the kale is slightly wilted. 
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Use a slotted spoon if you want to get just the yummy ingredients.
Close up image of white bowl of Zuppa Toscana Soup.

Variations for Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • Add Bacon – We like to add small pieces of cooked bacon for even more flavor.
  • Similar to Potato Soup – It reminds me of potato soup but heartier thanks to the sausage. You can even try using hot Italian sausage with crushed red pepper flakes for a little more heat. Most of the time, I will do half hot and half mild sausage.
  • Make in the Crock Pot – If you prefer you can make Crock Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe.
  • Instant Pot works great also – Using the Instant Pot has been a game changer for my family. Try Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup for an easy weeknight meal.
  • Thicken up the soup – If you like a thicker soup, you can add more potatoes and once they are cooked mash some of them and add it back into the soup. You can also mix about a tablespoon of cornstarch with about two tablespoons of heavy cream and stir it in when you are adding the cream.
  • Use Frozen Potatoes – Don’t want to chop or peel potatoes, you can use frozen potatoes instead

What to serve with Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup?

  • Dinner Rolls are a must – This meal is budget friendly and easy to feed a crowd. Serve this amazing soup with warm bread like Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe  and you can’t go wrong.
  • Bread for Dipping – You definitely want something to dip into this amazing soup. We also love this Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe. They are perfect for dipping and so yummy. You can get every last drop of that delicious soup.
  • Grab some bakery bread – If you don’t have time to make bread sticks, grab some french bread from the bakery. Yum!
  • Italian Salad – Make a big italian salad. I love having soup and salad for dinner.
  • Add some Vegetables – You can also serve with some roasted vegetables
Close up image of a white bowl of Zuppa Toscana Soup with a spoon and a side of bread.

How to store and reheat?

We love leftover soup. In my opinion it is even better the next day. If you store the soup in a sealed container, it can typically last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, place soup on the stove top over low heat until heat thoroughly.

I will to put in individual containers so it is an easy lunch for my husband to grab as he walks out the door.

Close up image of a pot of Zuppa Toscana Soup.

Tips for making the best Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • Do I have to use Kale? – You definitely do not have to use Kale. Even though kale isn’t everyone’s favorite it is actually delicious in this soup. But if you prefer, you could use fresh spinach instead. I have used spinach before and it turned out just as good.
  • How can I make it healthy? – My rule it is all about moderation when making food choices. If you would prefer to try and cut down on the fat, you can substitute the heavy cream with half and half. The soup won’t be as think and rich, but you it is still enjoyable.
  • Substitute for potatoes – If you prefer you can use chopped cauliflower as a substitute for potatoes.
Close up image of a pot of Zuppa Toscana Soup.

Can I freeze Zuppa Toscana Soup?

Yes, you can. We do not often have leftovers but when we do, I love to freeze it. We have found that because this soup has dairy it does tend to separate.

So if you plan on making this ahead of time, you can make the soup but don’t add the kale and cream. Just add the kale and cream once you have thawed the soup and it will turn out perfectly.

Soup is one of our favorite recipes to freeze. You can learn how to freeze soup and it will be life changing.

Close up image of a pot of Zuppa Toscana Soup.

Easy Copycat Recipe:

We love copycat recipes. It is so much easier and saves me so much money recreating recipes at home. I know exactly the ingredients that are going into these recipes.

My family was really happy that this recipe turned out so good. We love everything about Olive Garden so making this soup at home made my family pleased.

We hope that you try this easy, simple Homemade Zuppa Toscana as much as we did.

Print Recipe here for Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup:

Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

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Do you ever get a craving for Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup? Now you make the Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe at home.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Soup
Calories 583
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 4 Russet Potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bunch Kale stems removed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese for topping

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Then add in the olive oil, ground sausage and onion.  Brown the sausage in the pot and crumble the sausage as it cooked.
  • Drain off any excess grease from the pan.
  • Then add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Then add in the potatoes, salt, pepper and chicken broth.
  • Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then gently boil over medium high heat for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Then stir in the heavy whipping cream and kale.  Cook for approximately 5-6 minutes until the kale is slightly wilted.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 583kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 19g, Fat 43g, Saturated Fat 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 17g, Cholesterol 117mg, Sodium 1674mg, Potassium 1016mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 1604IU, Vitamin C 33mg, Calcium 186mg, Iron 3mg

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