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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup is a copycat recipe of my favorite soup at Olive Garden. It has a creamy broth that is loaded with sausage, potatoes and kale. Call it your new wintertime favorite! 

If you are looking for the perfect side to go with this Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe try making these amazing garlic knots. It is the perfect soup side dish recipe!

Zuppa Toscana simply means – Tuscany Soup, Tuscany being a region in Italy. Thanks to Olive Garden Restaurant, it became quite popular both in the restaurant and out.

For years, my family and I had a tradition of going to the Olive Garden on Sundays to get bottomless soup, salad and breadsticks. Each of us would order bowl after bowl of the Zuppa Toscana. There were even times when we would get a gallon of soup to-go. I know, we were absolutely obsessed! I eventually came to the realization that we needed to figure out how to make the soup at home. 

After some trial-and-error, I think I nailed it! Follow the directions below and bring restaurant quality soup to your dinner table.

Bread to Serve with Zuppa Toscana

There is little better than the joy of sopping up delicious soup broth with a good hunk of bread. Here are some of my favorite bread recipes to pair with Zuppa Toscana: 

  • Garlic Knots – Made with my Magical Pizza Dough, this recipe is super easy to make and one of my boy’s favorites! 
  • Easy Focaccia Bread – This bread is fluffy and well-seasoned, all without any kneading! It’s great paired with soup or salad, but also perfect for making sandwiches. 
  • Cheesy Bread Recipe – Not in the mood to make bread from scratch? Grab a loaf from your favorite bakery or the supermarket and dress it up with cheese, butter, garlic and parsley. 
  • French Bread – Love classic french bread? Try your hand at making it from scratch. Once it comes out of the oven, slather it with some good-quality butter. 

What’s in Zuppa Toscana Soup? 

Zuppa Toscana Soup requires little ingredients despite its complex flavor. Italian sausage, sliced potatoes, heavy cream, beef broth and kale come together in a large pot to make a soup that is so comforting and hearty. 

Best Sausage for Zuppa Toscana Soup

The best (and most convenient!) sausage to use for Zuppa Toscana is ground Italian pork sausage. It’s typically pre-seasoned with fennel, garlic and herbs, making your life a bit easier. When I am in the mood for an extra kick of heat, I will add some crushed red pepper flakes. 

If you can’t find ground Italian sausage, grab ground pork sausage and season it well with oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and fennel. However, I am confident you will be able to find ground Italian sausage at the supermarket or your local butcher. It’s very popular and used as the base for lasagna, pasta sauce and soup. 

Storing Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is a great meal prep recipe. Double or triple the recipe and have it on hand throughout the week. The kicker? Zuppa Toscana gets richer in flavor as it marinates in itself in the fridge. 

Freezing Zuppa Toscana

Despite Zuppa Toscana being a great candidate for refrigeration, it doesn’t hold up so well in the freezer. As a general rule of thumb, soups made with cream and potatoes tend to not freeze great. The cream will separate and change the texture of the broth. And when reheated, the potatoes will often turn the soup to mush. 

Refrigerating Zuppa Toscana

Store Zuppa Toscana in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. When you are ready to reheat, use a saucepan at medium heat or zap it in the microwave. 

Salads to Serve with Zuppa Toscana Soup

Bread & salads are always a good option to serve along side soup. I’ve already recommended Garlic Knots, but, here’s a few other recipes I recommend serving with this warm Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe:

  • Garden Salad
  • Quinoa Kale Salad
  • Berry Spinach Salad

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Before you begin cooking, I recommend that you read over the printable recipe and prepare your workstation. My personal preference is to prep all vegetables at once so I can just add to the pans/pots as needed to cook.

While your broth is coming to boil, you will prepare your skillet and saute down the onions and garlic. Those will be added to the broth while you add the sausage to the skillet to saute until cooked through. Following the directions below, add the sausage and potatoes to the broth mixture and cook until potatoes are tender. Add remaining ingredients as directed and serve.

Zuppa Toscana Video Tutorial


One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup is a copycat recipe of my favorite soup at Olive Garden. It has a creamy broth that is loaded with sausage, potatoes and kale. Call it your new wintertime favorite!

  • 1 lb medium Italian sausage
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 bunch fresh kale
  • 3 qt water
  • 2 tbsp Beef Better Than Bullion
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Preheat a pot on medium-high heat. Add sausage to the pot, break the sausage into small pieces as it cooks.

  • Dice onions into tiny pieces. Add diced onions to a cooking pan, press garlic into cooking onions and saute the mixture until onions are tender.

  • Carefully add water and Beef Better Than Bullion to the sausage and onions. Turn heat to low and let everything simmer for about 30 minutes.

  • Clean potatoes, slice them into medium size pieces and set aside. Chop kale into bite-size pieces, set aside.

  • Add potatoes to the cooking ingredients and let it simmer until potatoes are tender. Then whipping cream, bring it to a boil and add in chopped kale. Cover pot with a lid and turn off the heat.

  • Serve with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 294 Calories from Fat 225

% Daily Value*

Fat 25g38%

Saturated Fat 11g55%

Cholesterol 67mg22%

Sodium 374mg16%

Potassium 416mg12%

Carbohydrates 10g3%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 350IU7%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 55mg6%

Iron 3mg17%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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