Zuppa Toscana {Olive Garden Copycat}

Feb 07

The Olive Garden is one of my favorite places! I don’t know there often, but when I do, I devour the unlimited salad, breadsticks, and the zuppa toscana soup. Yum! Spicy, hearty, and delicious.

Zuppa Toscana -- Food Ramblings


I used five or six different recipes to create mine, and my version tastes so close to the original, but I feel like it’s a lot healthier. Just like when I’m at Olive Garden, I ate almost the whole pot– well half the pot. If only I had a pack of breadsticks….. :)

Zuppa Toscana -- Food Ramblings

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  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups kale, removed from stem and chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream (I ran out of cream, so I did 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup skim milk)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Servings: 6-8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy


Brown sausage and onions in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. When sausage is cooked and the onions look translucent, add garlic and cook for another five minutes or so.

Stir in the potatoes, water, and chicken broth. Lower the heat to medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes. Then add the kale and bacon, stir to combine, and cook for another ten minutes.

Lastly, mix in the cream and salt and pepper. Serve, and try not to eat just one bowl!

Zuppa Toscana -- Food Ramblings

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Comments: 21

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Feb 12 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Ooooh, this looks so good. I don’t think I have ever had this from the Olive Garden, but I love that I can make it right at home!

  2. Christy Hoover Feb 12 at 2:47 pm Reply

    This is one of my go-to soups that I love making when company is on the way! Great recipe!

  3. Gabby Homemaker Feb 12 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Oooo, that looks delicious! I’m definitely pinning this for later! It’s been so cold and this soup looks like it will be perfect to warm up the family :)

  4. Jennifer B Feb 12 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I have never heard of this soup but it looks delicious!

  5. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Feb 12 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I don’t remember seeing this there, but it looks and sounds wonderful. I’m happy to try that!

  6. Amy Desrosiers Feb 12 at 7:51 pm Reply

    I love Olive Garden’s soups too! Thanks for this copy cat recipe that I can make at home.

  7. lisa jones Feb 12 at 8:34 pm Reply

    This Look Delicious Will Have To Try This!

  8. Lisa Feb 12 at 9:40 pm Reply

    I’ll have to make this for my hubby!

  9. DawnC Feb 12 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Now that looks yummy! I will have to try that.

  10. brett Feb 12 at 11:21 pm Reply

    oh gosh does this ever look yummy!

  11. mommy2jam Feb 13 at 12:01 am Reply

    thank you so much for this recipe, this looks so delicious.

  12. Claudia Krusch Feb 13 at 12:04 am Reply

    It looks so good! I’ve always wanted to try to figure out what’s in it!

  13. Taralyn Parker Feb 13 at 12:26 am Reply

    This is one of my favorite recipes. So yummy!

  14. Brittnei Feb 13 at 1:16 am Reply

    You have no idea how much I love this soup. I would love to make it at home! I’m definitely going to pin this one!

  15. Danielle Feb 13 at 1:50 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try this one out… love the Olive Garden!

  16. Mama to 5 BLessings Feb 13 at 8:45 am Reply

    oh this is my husband’s favorite soup, thank you for sharing – I will have to try to make it for him!

  17. Sherrie W. Feb 13 at 10:26 am Reply

    I agree with you on the food at Olive Garden! If I can recreate their soup at home like you did … that would be amazing! Thanks for the recipe – hope it lives up to your photos!

  18. Debbie Denny Feb 13 at 1:51 pm Reply

    zuppa toscana soup… Love this!

  19. katherine Feb 13 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I am obsessed with Olive Garden. Thanks for this!

  20. Amanda Love Feb 14 at 1:03 am Reply

    It’s the one thing I love about Olive Garden. I always have to have this! If yours taste like theirs then I’m going to take this recipe as my own. :)

  21. Janeane Davis Feb 14 at 6:06 am Reply

    I think it is awesome that you can taste a recipe someplace and then go home and recreate it. That is a skill I wish I possessed.

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