Hearty & Comforting Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

Hearty & Comforting Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

There is nothing more satisfying than hot soup in the middle of a cold winter’s day. Maybe it’s not an icy winter day. The weather is changing, but I’m not saying anything. And nothing beats the chills with a down-home-comfort-food vibe like Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. It’s a must. I’ve decided to take the liberty to create an exact copycat recipe for you. It’s simple, quick to follow, and, oh my god! it’s so delicious!!

It’s an excellent source of protein, fiber as well as calcium, and vitamin D that you cannot get from the outdoors! It’s no wonder it makes us feel good? Did I mention that you could freeze it?

Hearty & Comforting Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

Serves Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
6 20 min 45 min 1 h 05 min


  • 1 lb. Hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)


  1. Wash and prep your veggies and remove the casing from the sausage. Mince garlic, halve, peel, and dice onions into ¼ in pieces, dice potatoes into ½ in pieces, remove kale leaves from the stem and roughly chop.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up into crumbles until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. While sausage cooks, cook bacon in a separate pan. Transfer sausage and bacon to a paper towel-covered plate to drain.
  4. Wipeout pot used for sausage and add onion. Let cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add chicken broth and potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.
  6. Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 3 minutes. Once tender, stir in heavy cream, sausage, and bacon and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  7. Season with pepper, garnish with parmesan and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Servings:  6
Amount per serving  
Calories 646
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36.8g 47%
Saturated Fat 14.8g 74%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1161mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7.4g 26%
Total Sugars 4.5g  
Protein 33.3g  
Vitamin D 8mcg 39%
Calcium 256mg 20%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1472mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Serve with Italian bread and salad, just like at Olive Garden!
  • This soup freezes well for up to 2 months and does well in the fridge for up to 5 days (but expect some separation as it cools!)

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