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Hearty Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian soup, Sausage Kale Soup, zuppa toscana
Servings: 12
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
  • 4 qt water or meat broth
  • 5 Yukon Gold Potatoes medium size, sliced 1/8 inches thick (peeling potatoes is optional)
  • 1 medium onion peeled, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots optional
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper diced
  • 8 thin or 5 thick strips bacon chopped
  • 1-2 lbs Italian Sausage or ground meat of choice chicken thigh, turkey or pork + 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 cups heavy cream
  • 4-5 cups kale rinsed, stems removed, chopped
  • 1– 1 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns freshly ground (to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed/chopped
  • Olive Oil - for sauteing
  • 1/2 cup chopped green scallions
  1. Cut bacon to 1/3 inch pieces and render fat in a skillet set over medium heat until crispy. Tilt skillet to the side and let fat drip to the bottom while collecting bacon at the top. Remove bacon from skillet and discard the fat (discarding fat is optional and is only done to make the soup a little more healthy).
  2. If not using the already pre-mixed Italian sausage, mix the ground meat with 1 tsp salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and pressed garlic until combined.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and saute diced onions over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add bell peppers, saute until slightly golden, another 3-4 minutes. Add shredded carrots, saute for 3-4 minutes, then add ground sausage and brown it while breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add 4 quarts of water or meat stock to a large pot and set over high heat. Add thoroughly scrubbed and then sliced potatoes to the pot and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add the browned sausage mixture & bacon, then let cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork fork, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Once the potatoes are soft, add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from heat. Add chopped kale & green scallions. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Let soup sit and mend all the flavors for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Hearty Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1871mg 78%
Potassium 601mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 71.9%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.