Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana originates from Italy, meaning “Tuscan Soup.” The Olive Garden® version is actually a richer and more filling take on the classic dish, explaining its widespread popularity. Copycat Zuppa Toscana captures what makes the Olive Garden soup so delectable; it’s filled with hearty potatoes, savory and spicy sausage, and creamy broth. Topped with parmesan cheese, Copycat Zuppa Toscana is a thick soup that sticks to the ribs and keeps you warm no matter the weather. Isn’t today a perfect day to stay in and cook?

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  • 6 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 medium head (10 cloves) garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 6 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, optional, to taste, for topping


Step 1 -In a Dutch oven or a large pot over medium-high heat, add the chopped bacon and sauté until browned, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 2 -Remove the bacon and place it onto a paper-towel-lined plate. Set it aside.

Step 3 -Spoon out most of the excess drippings from the pot, leaving about 1 tablespoon.

Step 4 -Add the Italian sausage, while crumbling, and cook until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 5 -Remove the sausage and place it onto a paper-towel-lined plate.

Step 6 -Add the onions to the pot and sauté until golden and soft, about 5 minutes.

Step 7 -Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 8 -Add the chicken stock and the water, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 9 -Add in the sliced potatoes, cooking until they are easily pierced with a fork, about 13-14 minutes.

Step 10 -When the potatoes are nearly done, add the cooked sausage and the chopped kale, and bring the soup mixture again to a light boil.

Step 11 -Mix in the cream and return the soup mixture to a boil.

Step 12 -Season the soup with the salt and the black pepper. Transfer the pot from heat.

Step 13 -Garnish with the bacon and the parmesan cheese and serve.

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