Our Zuppa Toscana soup is an easy Olive Garden® copycat of their sausage potato soup. You’ll save money with our Zuppa Toscana soup recipe!
This simple homemade version of the restaurant Zuppa soup is so hearty and delicious, it will be a hit from the first spoonful. Plus, it’s a simple, one pot meal- you can’t go wrong!
For a hands-off option, check out my recipe for Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana.
It’s just as tasty as this stove top version, and you can have it on the table in 30 minutes. It is the perfect solution when you’re pinched for time.
Zuppa Toscana Soup
If you’ve never tried this Italian soup, we think you’ll love it! It’s a classic, featuring potatoes, sausage, and fresh kale in a perfectly seasoned, creamy broth.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Russet potatoes – Not only is this what the restaurant uses in their recipe, but I find that the flavor and texture can’t be beat!
- Not a fan of kale? Fresh baby spinach tastes just as delicious in this dish. Just be sure to remove the stems first.
- Time saving tip: Do you know that you can cook bacon in the oven? You can let it cook while you prep your other ingredients. Plus, you’ll keep your stovetop clean from grease splatters!
- Italian sausage –
Our Zuppa Toscana soup recipe calls for hot Italian sausage links. For a
less spicy flavor, use a mild variety instead. You’ll need to remove
the sausage casings before making the soup. If you prefer, you can use
bulk ground Italian sausage.
- Add some cheese! Feel free to add some freshly grated Parmesan over the top of each bowl before diving in.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- 4 Quart Stock Pot – Great for stews, roasts, frying, and more! This is a staple in my kitchen.
- Ladle – A must for dishing up homemade Olive Garden soups!
- Cheese Grater – Fresh Parmesan or Romano sprinkled on top makes the zuppa soup even better!
Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe Notes
Want a thicker, heartier soup?
Before adding your kale, smash a few of the softened potatoes. This
will naturally thicken the broth, giving it an extra creamy texture.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, simply increase the amount of chicken stock.
As with any other hearty Italian soup, placing a basket of bread on the table is a must. Go full restaurant style and make our Olive Garden breadsticks recipe.
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Storing and Reheating Instructions
Before storing leftovers, allow it to cool down to room
temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep in
the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat leftovers on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Or, you can microwave a bowl in 30 second increments, stirring once or
Keep in mind that cream-based soups, especially those with
potatoes, do not freeze well. Dairy tends to separate or curdle when
reheated, causing the potatoes to become mushy and grainy.
Zuppa Toscana Soup FAQ
Why is it called Zuppa soup?
The term Zuppa toscana translates in English to “Tuscan soup”. The
recipe was first created in Tuscany, and it’s a classic Italian dish!
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- 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 3 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 bunch curly kale, leaves stripped and chopped
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
- kosher salt
- black pepper, freshly ground
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, for serving
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Break into smaller pieces with your spatula as you cook, Transfer to a plate to drain.
- Add onion to pot and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes. Smash a few of the potatoes to create a creamy texture.
- Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 3 minutes, then stir in heavy cream, sausage, and bacon and simmer 5 minutes more.
- Garnish with Parmesan or Romano and serve.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published January 2018, updated and republished January 2022
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