Monday, March 4, 2019

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana combines rich flavors with a velvety texture for the ultimate comfort food meal. Make it tonight in under half an hour!

This dish is the ultimate copycat recipe of the classic Olive Garden™ soup made quick and easy in a pressure cooker. And, it’s perfect for colder days because it’ll warm you up from the inside out!

Sausage, potatoes, and fresh kale in a perfectly seasoned, rich and creamy broth makes this Tuscan Italian-inspired soup a hit from the first bite.

Try more homemade versions of restaurant favorites like this chicken gnocchi soup or a hearty minestrone.

You may also like my Instant Pot Lasagna Soup! It’s just as simple as this zuppa toscana recipe and the flavors are truly incredible.

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana in a white bowl

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana - Tips and Tricks

  • Prep ahead of time. Chop up your potatoes in advance and keep them in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook. Storing them in water prevents them from browning.
  • Tip for breaking up meat: Instead of a wooden spoon try a potato masher! It’s faster, easier, and creates evenly sized crumbles.
  • Need a low-carb version? Simply replace the potatoes with chopped cauliflower florets. 
  • Cheese please! Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan over the top of each bowl before diving in.
zuppa toscana recipe sausage in instant pot

Serving Suggestions

Bake up some homemade breadsticks for dipping in this delicious soup! To round out the meal, add a big bowl of my copycat Olive Garden salad.

This zuppa toscana recipe makes plenty for guests, so finish off the night with a slice of Italian cream cake or tiramisu!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Instant Pot - This is the one I use.
  • Wooden Spoon - Use this to break up the sausage and stir everything together. It’s also perfect for scraping the tasty bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • Slotted Spoon - Great for scooping solids out of liquid.
  • Potato Masher - This one doesn’t get clogged like the kind with holes, and one tap releases anything stuck to the wires.
authentic Italian soup adding cream

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I substitute spinach for kale?

Yes, you can! You can use traditional lacinato kale or spinach for this zuppa toscana recipe. I personally love the tenderness of baby kale, so it’s my go-to.

Am I able to make this in the slow cooker?

Absolutely. Just be sure to cook and prepare your sausage beforehand, then add in the chicken stock and stir to get all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Transfer the sausage and broth to the slow cooker and add the potatoes. Then, cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Complete the rest of the recipe as normal.

zuppa toscana recipe adding potatoes

How do I store Instant Pot zuppa toscana?

Allow the soup to cool down to room temperature, then transfer it to the fridge in an airtight container. This will last you up to three days.

You can reheat it on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally. Or, you can microwave a bowl in 30 second increments, stirring once or twice.

Instant Pot zuppa toscana does not freeze well. Dairy tends to separate, and the potatoes will become mushy and grainy.

authentic Italian soup with spinach


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Author: Donna Elick
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana combines rich flavors with a velvety texture for the ultimate comfort food meal. Make it tonight in under half an hour!
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 22 Min


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages No-Sugar All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 6-8 medium russet potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 ounces baby kale


  1. Turn the 6-quart Instant Pot to "Saute". Once you can feel the heat when you hold your hand above it, add olive oil and crumble in the sausage.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the sausage as desired (I like bigger chunks), until the sausage is cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Drain excess the sausage drippings from the pan (if necessary).
  3. Add the Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the potatoes and pour in the chicken stock. Stir to combine and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Close the lid on the Instant Pot. Select "Manual" setting on the Instant Pot. Turn the pressure to high. Set timer for 8 minutes. Make sure the vent is closed.
  6. When cook time is complete, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer's directions.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to remove 2 cups of potatoes from the pot and place them in a bowl. Mash the potatoes and pour them back into the pot; this will help thicken the soup.
  8. Add the cream and kale to the soup, and stir to combine. Continue cooking the soup until the kale is wilted and tender, about 3 more minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You can substitute traditional lacinato kale or spinach in this recipe. I love the tenderness of baby kale, so it is my favorite.
  2. We love to serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.
  3. Make Zuppa Toscana in the Slow Cooker. Simply cook the sausage on the stovetop. Add the seasonings and stir. Then add the chicken stock to the pot and scrape the bits on the bottom of the pan.Transfer sausage and broth to your slow cooker and add potatoes. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Remove 2 cups of potatoes and mash them. Return mashed potatoes to the slow cooker, add the cream and the baby kale. Stir until kale is wilted.
  4. Make this recipe keto by substituting cauliflower for the potatoes!

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Originally published March 2019, updated and republished January 2022

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  1. Looks it will be yummy and healthy. I'm going to try very first recipe with Olive garden.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianMarch 25, 2019 at 1:16 PM

      Enjoy Ellen Taylor, and let us know how it goes!

  2. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.


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