Zuppa Toscana

Bring the taste of Italy home with this Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup recipe. It’s filled with sausage, bacon, kale, and potatoes! So creamy and delicious, the whole family loves this soup!

Zuppa Toscana recipe

Copycat Olive Garden SOUP

Have you ever tried Zuppa Toscana soup before?

It’s most famous being served at Olive Garden but has become a popular recipe over the years. In fact, Zuppa Toscana means a soup recipe from Tuscany, but it’s most commonly made from kale, zucchini, cannellini beans, potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, tomato pulp, extra virgin olive oil, salt, powdered chili, toasted Tuscan bread, and rigatino (Italian bacon).

I got today’s recipe for the soup from a family friend, and although it doesn’t have all of those ingredients it has some of them and ended up tasting so delicious.

Today’s soup recipe does include sausage, kale, potatoes and bacon, which are some of my favorite ingredients. You can easily add some of the other items like celery and carrots, based on what you like but we thought this was perfect as is. We ended up making a few changes by adding less water and adding Parmesan cheese on top and loved how all the flavors came together so perfectly!

Cubed potatoes are Zuppa Toscana Soup

How to Make Zuppa Toscana Soup

Believe it or not, this soup actually comes together really quickly! After you’ve prepared all the ingredients (chopped the kale, cooked and crumbled the bacon, and cut the potatoes), it only takes about 25 minutes to cook the soup! Here are the instructions:

  1. Brown the sausage with the minced garlic and set aside.
  2. Add the water, chicken broth, chicken base, and potatoes into a large pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and whipping cream, and cook an additional 5-7 minutes. Serve warm and ENJOY!

Although I’m sure everyone has their version of this recipe, it’s definitely one to try. You can always head down to Olive Garden and try their version or you can use this recipe to make it at home. Either way, it’s a soup that should be tried and enjoyed!!

How to make Zuppa Toscana

Complete the meal by also making:

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe

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Zuppa Toscana Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Bring the taste of Italy home with this Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup recipe. It's filled with sausage, bacon, kale, and potatoes! So creamy and delicious, the whole family loves this soup!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 394 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 6-7 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 16 oz Jimmy Dean Italian Sausage
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 32 oz chicken stock (or broth)
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes russet, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 cups kale leaves chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes
  • pepper to taste
  • shaved Parmesan cheese optional topping


  • In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp, then remove bacon out onto a paper-towel lined plate and reserve a few tablespoons of the grease.
  • Add sauce and garlic to the pot and cook until browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add water and stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add kale, sausage, most of the bacon, whipping cream and salt and pepper and cook an additional 6-8 minutes.
  • Top with reserved bacon and shaved Parmesan if desired.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. Chicken Soup Base
      Having a deep and rich taste, chicken soup base is just a highly concentrated stock used for soups, stews, sauces and casseroles. You can find chicken base in powder or cube form, or you can make your own and have a supply on hand in your freezer. Unlike chicken stock, chicken base takes a lot longer to make, but the rich results more than make up for the long cooking time. To make a chicken base, start with the basic ingredients used to make a stock (whole chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, water, salt and pepper) and let simmer for at least a few hours, until the liquid is reduced and the vegetables have dissolved into the rich sauce. You may want to strain before freezing or using.You can find chicken soup base in your grocery store. It is typically sold right next to the chicken bouillon cubes.

  1. 5 stars
    This looks great and so filling too!! I find most soups don’t fill my husband up very well but this would get the job done (;