Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Love this copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s  Zuppa Toscana Soup – tastes exactly like the real thing!

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Many years ago, my little brother found a recipe for Zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden.  This soup is a family favorite whenever we visit Olive Garden and is something we all look forward to.  After a few tweaks I think this soup tastes just like the real thing.

My older sister sends me a box of organic produce once a month.  Last week it arrived and had a gorgeous bunch of kale in it and I knew just what to make.  This is the perfect meal for a cool fall or winter day – sure to warm up your belly!


Crumble the sausage onto a baking sheet.  Bake the sausage in the oven at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes or until no longer pink.   Place on paper towels to drain.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Bake Sausage

Cook the bacon and crumble into small pieces.  I baked my bacon. Slice the potatoes between 1/8″ and 1/4″.  I used the thick setting on my mandoline.   Just make the slices about the same size so they cook evenly.  Dice up the onion and mince the garlic.  Throw the potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and water into a large pot on medium heat until the potatoes are cooked through.

Prepare the kale by chopping into bite sized pieces.  Kale is wonderful for soups because it holds up to the heat so well.  It’s also delicious! Add the sausage, bacon, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Broth

During this time the potatoes will start breaking apart into smaller bite sized pieces because they are so tender.  Turn the heat to low and add in the kale and heavy cream.  Let the soup heat through and serve.  We like to serve this soup with some grated Parmesan cheese on top.  Delicious!

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana with creamOlive Garden Zuppa Toscana in a bowl

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (spicy if you prefer more heat)
  • 5-7 slices of bacon
  • 5 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 c kale, chopped
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 qt water
  • (2) 14 oz cans of chicken broth
  • ½ large onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Crumble the sausage onto a baking sheet. Bake the sausage in the oven at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes or until no longer pink. Place on paper towels to drain.
  2. Cook the bacon and crumble into small pieces. I baked my bacon. Slice the potatoes between ⅛? and ¼?. I used the thick setting on my mandolin. Just make the slices about the same size so they cook evenly. Dice up the onion and mince the garlic. Throw the potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and water into a large pot on medium heat until the potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Prepare the kale by chopping into bite sized pieces. Kale is wonderful for soups because it holds up to the heat so well. It’s also delicious!
  4. Add the sausage, bacon, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. During this time the potatoes will start breaking apart into smaller bite sized pieces because they are so tender. Turn the heat to low and add in the kale and heavy cream. Let the soup heat through and serve. We like to serve this soup with some grated Parmesan cheese on top. Delicious!

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  1. I am pinning your recipe right now :) LOVE this soup and can’t wait to make some. Thanks so much for visiting me and your sweet comment!

  2. this looks amazing!!!

  3. YUM!! This is one of my favorite soups! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This looks delicious! I love that soup at Olive Garden so I will definitely have to try this at home!


  5. Mmmm! sounds yummy. Hope you stop by DIY Home Sweet Home and link up to More the Merrier Monday.
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  6. Wow! I’m definitely going to bookmark this, because we love this soup too! Thanks for posting the recipe, I’ll have to try it out soon, looks great!

  7. This is one of my favs so you have to know that I will be trying it very soon! I also love the tiramisu .

  8. I’m so glad you’re all going to give it a try. It really is amazing – sooo delicious!

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  10. This is my absolute favorite soup!! I ALWAYS get it from Olive Garden and my sister made it once and it was delicious. This looks so yummy!! New follower. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-7_6572.html

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  11. Oh my; that looks so delicious! We are having a soup party at our home this weekend maybe I will try this for my soup! I found you on Someday Crafts Link Party! Happy Blogging

  12. Thank you for sharing this! I am pinning it. I would love it if you stopped by my blog and linked this yumminess up!

    Have a great day!

  13. THIS IS awesome. LOVE IT..looks really YUMMY… I would LOVE for you to please share it at my Pin’Inspirational Party please.. ;)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdays-linky-party_09.html

  14. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve added it to me “to be tried” bookmark folder!

  15. ooooh! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it & for linking up at TGIF!
    Beth =-)

  16. I had to check this out. I worked at the Olive Garden when in college. Your soup does look very much like the OGs. Sounds really good too :)

  17. This certainly looks fabulous! i will try this out. Thanks for the idea. Lou

  18. Yummy! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  19. Thanks for sharing this recipe…This is my fave @ Olive Garden. I will have to try this out. I found you through Follow me Friday’s on Trendy Treehouse and I am you newest follower. I have also pinned this!

  20. I have the same recipe! It’s so good. I’m your newest follower on GFC. Would love a visit and follow back. http://www.thebewitchinkitchen.com

  21. This is my FAVORITE soup! I cannot wait to try it:) Thanks for sharing!

  22. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you….how about the salad dressing and the breadsticks? Okay, so I love OG and their all you can eat soup, salad and breadsticks….I will be making this soon…I found you through Young and Crafty:)

  23. Ummmm yummy, I will have to try this, love the receipe, thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh’ my this is my fav. soup there. Mouth watering now. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing. winks, jen

  25. This is the ONLY thing I ever get when I go to Olive Garden. I’m sooo pinning this bad boy! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  26. My husband and daughter will love this. Thank you SO much for sharing.

  27. I absolutely need to try this as it is also my favorite thing to get at Olive Garden. AND there is no Olive Garden anywhere around me so I will have to take matters into my own hands! Feel free to linkup to the Success U – Wednesday Linkup Party at http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com

  28. Definitely my favorite soup at the Olive Garden! I’m gonna have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  29. Oh wow, this looks amazing! I bet it is very flavorful as well! Thanks for the recipe! Happy to have you share this @ Show & Share–thanks!

  30. I’ve never tried that, sounds delish. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday, now I’m craving soup– ha!

  31. I love this soup and can’t wait to try your recipe!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. My husband and I made this for dinner this evening and it was fabulous! We personally thought that the ratio of sausage to potatoes was off and next time we will double the potatoes and put half of the sausage. We might add a bit more bacon as well, but that could all be personal preference. Loved the taste! Thanks :)

  33. I made this for my family and they were SO impressed. It was a little spicy so next time I will probably use less red pepper but even with that it was super good and will become a regular recipe for me.

  34. @Lauren and Joe O’Brien I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s really an easy recipe to make and just warms you right up. I’m glad you’re going to tweak it suit your preferences :) Thanks for letting me know!

  35. Yummy!!!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  36. Could the kale be left out?

  37. @Anonymous Yep! You can leave it out.

  38. Found you over at Delightful Order,

    My mom is gonna be sooo happy when she sees this recipe. Thanks!


  39. You’ve been featured!


    Thanks for linking to the Party.

    See you this Thursday,

  40. My Hunny is crazy about this recipe – thank you so much for sharing it!

    Warmly, Michelle

  41. Thanks so much for the recipe! I found it on (I think, Frugal Girls email), I pinned it, went to the store and got the ingredients and we just finished eating a big ole bowl! To die for!

  42. @DeniseOh I’m so glad you like it! Doesn’t it just warm you from the inside out?? My kids lick their bowls when they’re done :) Thanks for stopping by and letting me k now you enjoyed it. Happy New Year!

  43. I saw this on the Frugal Girls website awhile back and bookmarked it, and I finally made it for my family last week and it was a HUGE hit! All 6 people in my family loved it–that’s very, very rare! I made a huge pot and we all gobbled it up in day. Delicious! Thank you soooo much for sharing this recipe!

  44. This looked so yummy I pinned it! :)

    Happy New Year!


    P.S. I’m following you now… hope you will come by and say hi.

  45. That soup is AMAZING….thanks for sharing

  46. I can’t wait to try it! We avoid dairy, so I’ll do my “trademark” substitution of half unsweetened coconut milk / half almond milk – I think it’ll be amazing. Thanks! (found this recipe on Pinterest :) )

    ~ Tiffany

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  47. I made this yesterday, simply wonderful. Using kale chips instead of fresh kale and calling it “stew” because my husband won’t eat soup.

  48. Yum! Pinning this

  49. I made my own version of this a few months back. Your’s looks great!

  50. We have made this several times now and it is fantastic!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Just tried this and it was delicious!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

  53. This really caught my attention since my hubby used to manage an Olive Garden here in the Tampa Bay area. This is one of our faves from their menu! I’ll have to give your recipe a shot! :)

  54. You totally nailed it on this recipe. Loved it so much, I’ve shared it with my readers!

  55. I got your recipe from Pinterest and followed it exactly. Wow, I made the most wonderful soup! I love this more than the restaurant version….thanks for sharing!

  56. Just added these ingredients to my shopping list. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Thanks so much for sharing. We love it and our now adding to our soup night rotation.

  58. This really sounds good:@)

  59. Anonymous says:

    It was DELISH! Thanks for sharing!!

  60. Anonymous says:

    Just made this and finished eating it, and I have to say… I cannot stop raving about how good this is!!! So much like olive garden and absolutely delicious. Two things, one, I didn’t really measure the chicken stock or heavy cream, just added what I thought was appropriate for the taste and two I accidentally added the bacon crumbles in with the the potatoes and onions but I think it added a lot of extra flavor. Served with garlic bread for an incredible dinner. Thank you so much for is recipe!!!

  61. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been making this soup for some time…..love it. I don’t use heavy cream. I sub. half and half tastes great.

  62. I don’t care that it’s summer, I’ll eat soup any season! This looks fantastic!

  63. Making this for dinner tonight and just taste-tested it! It takes identical to the real thing! I worked at Olive Garden for 3 years and this is one of the most served items on the menu. Very delish – thank you so much Trish!!!!

  64. So delicious!! Our family has been regularly enjoying your fantastic recipe! I highly recommend it!

  65. That looks amazing! I know my family will eat it all up!

  66. I made this tonight, and it was the perfect soup for a cold night! I even used italian turkey sausage and fat free half & half, and it was delicious. I let it simmer on low for an extra 30 minutes, just to let the flavors combine, and it was a hit! It is going to be a winter staple in our home :)

  67. My family thought 2 tsp of red pepper flakes was too spicy. Other than that it was amazing! Will be making again, probably cut back to 1/2 or 1 tsp. Thank you for sharing!

  68. Ooh, this looks so yummy! Zuppa Toscana is definitely my favorite meal at Olive Garden! I found you via “The Frugal Girls” link party. Come check out what I linked up! http://fancythatnotion.blogspot.com/2012/12/pacifier-clips.html I also pinned your recipe:)http://pinterest.com/kelbelle31/

  69. Now this is comfort!! Just what I need on a cold wintry day! Perfect Trish!
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  70. One of my favorite soups!!

  71. Melody Simonson says:

    I love this soup at Olive Garden and always wanted the recipe. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for putting it up on your blog.

  72. Michelle W. says:

    Delicious soup!
    I experimented a little and found that you can use Oscar Meyer bacon bits and get the same flavor with a little more ease!
    Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe!

  73. You’ve forgotten the secret ingredients that give it it’s distinct flavor. About 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and a tsp or two of vanilla. Finish with a 1/4 stick of butter. You’ll be amazed, I promise. If you’re squeamish about it, put a bowl to the side add a little balsamic and vanilla and you’ll see. I hope u let us know what you think. :-)

  74. So I saw this on pinterest and about had a heart attack. This is my FAV dish at Olive Garden which is my FAV restaurant but I moved to a new city and they don’t have one here :( :'( So you can imagine I was SUPER excited!

    So I made it last night with my boyfriend! Turned out FANTASTIC! Although the 2 tsp red pepper flakes (like i’ve seen others post) was a bit much for me… boyfriend loved it… it was at my max haha but it was still a success! I LOVED it :D Thank you so much for posting this!

  75. fabulous!
    I made the soup leaving bacon out (forgot it) and it was still great!
    Thanks for sharing!

  76. i just used this recipe and doubled it and can i say how great it came out thank you !

  77. I’ve never eaten Kale, could I use spinach as a sub?

  78. Brittney Brown says:

    Can I use regular whipping cream instead of heavy?

  79. YUM! Soo good! Just made it right now. I chose spicy sausage so I opted out the pepper flakes. Love the texture of the kale in this soup. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  80. Kristin G says:

    This is AMAZING!!! I doubled the recipe because we have a bigger family (well… 5 people, but two teens) and it is exactly like olive gardens version! I’m SO happy I found this recipe thanks to my good friend!

  81. It really did taste identical. I loved it and will be making this very frequently. Thank you very much for sharing it.

  82. Jordan Breeden says:

    This was delicious! Taste just like the restaurant. The only thing that I would suggest to anyone is not to use as much red pepper IF you are not a spicy person. Mine was a bit too hot for my taste. I also suggest a little garlic powder for taste! But I did love it! Thank you for sharing!

  83. How many servings does this make?

  84. I use this recipe ALL the time…even the kids love it. The one this I will change to how you make is….I’m leaving the potatoes much larger. I cut them too small….love how big your are. Stopping by from Debbie’s pinning share….am your newest follower.

  85. I was wondering what size cans you use for the chicken broth?? The recipe looks Amazing and would love to make it tonight!!
    Thanks for Sharing!

  86. This looks ahh-mazingly yummy! Featuring on the blog tomorrow afternoon :) Thanks for linking up. It’s a wonderful post!

  87. The ONLY soup I get at Olive Garden! Pinned – thanks for sharing :)
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  88. Zipzish says:

    My recipe is pretty much the same except I use skim milk. It works just as well. I did the cream the first couple of times, then wanted to make it one day and had everything but the cream, so I used the skim milk and liked it better. It also drops the calorie count significantly.

  89. pmarieoc says:

    low fat options, evaporated 2% canned milk… all the creaminess less than a quarter of the calories and spicy italian turkey sausage…. lean and low fat! been making this version for a couple of year atleast once a week for some picky teenagers. i never have leftovers even though the recipe is doubled! good stuff!

  90. Tiffany says:

    Hi! This is going to sound really dumb if someone’s already asked, but what size cans of broth do you use. I’m absolutely terrible at “winging” recipes; the very thought tends to leave me in a cold sweat. My boyfriend just loves this soup, and I would really like to make it for him.

  91. I just made this for dinner for my fiance and he loves it! Thank you for this recipe, we will be making it again!

  92. Rachael E Howard says:

    So So So Good.

    I Made It Vegetarian With Veggie Crumbles And A Cube Of Vegetable Bullion.


  93. I make this soup a lot, my recipe is similar but I’ve been making it for years and have perfected it! One of the things I do is brown my onions and garlic in a little butter or olive oil first, then cook the sausage in that, then drain all the oil very well, Next I add my water and potatoes and let that boil until the potatoes are soft. I add quite a bit of parmesan cheese to the soup as it is cooking and it gives it AMAZING flavor. I add the cream and kale last. I use chicken bouillon instead of broth:)

  94. I moved to The Netherlands 8 years ago and I miss Olive Garden Soups soooo much when I saw a friend of mine pin this IT was a no brainer to try it. I made this tonight and IT was Amazing!!! THANK YOU so much for this!! My picture did not look as lovely as the one on here, it was amazing anyway. I loved it so much! I KNOW I said that more then once but OMG! :D

  95. I can’t wait to try this tonight. Question – if I use bacon crumbles, how much should I use? I have no idea how many 507 slices of bacon makes. Thank you!

  96. I Have to say that when I found this pinned on pinterest, I was so excited. I just finished making it and ate it with my family…. I am rather disappointed, it didn’t taste even close to the OG’s version. I’ll be making it again with this recipe as a base and changing some things to hopefully satisfy my craving for this yummy OG soup.
    Thank you for posting the recipe though!

  97. I made this soup for a potluck lunch at work and my co-workers loved it! It tastes just like the one at Olive Garden! I used spicy italian sausage but only one tbs of red pepper flakes since my colleagues cant handle the heat. I shared your website with everyone since it was such a hit! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  98. How many servings does this yield?

  99. pauline robitaille says:

    aAbsolutely as good if not better than Olive Garden. I added more kale to the recipe. My husband loved it.

  100. Love, love, love this recipe!! I’ve made it a few times and each time it is thoroughly enjoyed by all! :) Thanks for sharing.

  101. Love it! Little too spicy for my son, but I loved the kick that the red pepper flakes gave the soup. A definite do again for me and my hubby. Thanks for sharing.

  102. this is my mom’s favorite soup and she has to eat gluten free now. how hard would it be to make this gluten free?

    • I’m not 100% sure. You would need to buy gluten-free sausage because I’m pretty sure sausage has gluten in. The rest of the ingredients just check the packaging to make sure they specify gluten free. Good luck!

  103. OMG! LOVE THIS! Awesome recipe!!
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  104. SarahCate says:

    I love your version of this recipe! I’ve made it at least a dozen times now. I thought I’d add that it freezes nicely too.

  105. Found this on pinterest and made it tonight. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  106. Just made this and it is fantastic!! Will definately be a staple on our table. Thank you for sharing!

  107. Jillian says:

    How many servings does this make?

  108. My husband and I live in Australia where he is from but I am american and love to stay true to all that delicious food that we have in America. I am currently 3 and a half months pregnant and have been CRAVING Olive Garden. I made this soup tonight to surprise my hubby as he loves it too and oh. my. goodness. It tastes exactly like the one at Olive Garden. Thank you for saving my craving sanity!!!! It makes me feel like I’m at home visiting family and friends. I pair it with my favorite interest recipe I found of Olive Garden Breadsticks and we are in Heaven. Thank you again!!! xx

  109. I tried this tonight. It was fantastic. I had to cut it in half because it was just me eating it. So yummy. Glad I made it. :)

  110. This soup is so delicious! It’s better than Olive Garden’s version. I make this quite often for my husband, since he requests it constantly. He’s in love with it! Thank you so so so much for this recipe! :)

  111. Could this also work in a crock pot??

  112. I know this recipe is older but I have had in pinned forever. It is amazing!!!! I am literally going to delete every other copy cat recipe I have for it. So so good and tastes just like theirs!

  113. Hello, what is the serving size for this soup?

  114. How one can resist consuming the entire pot of heaven is beyond me!
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  115. Fashion Rapture says:

    I made this and it turned out AWESOME. I added a little more red pepper flakes than Olive Garden and used mild sausage because I like it spicy. My boyfriend was so impressed! :) Thanks!!

  116. Can this be cooked than frozen?

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  118. Hi this recipe sounds heavenly, I live in UK, not sure whether I can buy Italian sausage meat, can I ask if Italian sausage is a spicy pork sausage? Or could you suggest an alternative please, I know my family will love this soup.
    Many thanks

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