Zuppa Toscana is a creamy, hearty soup loaded with bacon, sausage, potato and kale. This one pot Zuppa Toscana soup recipe comes together quickly and is so filling and delicious – sure to be a hit with the whole family!
Don’t forget the dinner rolls or crescent rolls to serve alongside this delicious soup!
Back in November of 2011, I shared the recipe for my favorite soup ever, Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. It went bananas and has since been one of the most popular recipes on my site. It’s a recipe that I make at least once a month and more like once a week during the winter. My whole family loves it and you guys do too!
After numerous requests, I shared a slow cooker Zuppa Toscana recipe in 2014. That version has also been insanely popular and well-loved by my readers.
I am now sharing a one pot version that makes this soup so simple and easy, you’re going to make it more than ever. Instead of baking the bacon and browning the sausage in the oven, everything is done in one pot. I used my new dutch oven that my Dad got me for Christmas! I love how all the drippings from the sausage and bacon add so much flavor to the soup! It’s fantastic!
What To Serve With Zuppa Toscana
This creamy soup recipe is warm and comforting on its own or served as a hearty side dish with dinner. We like to eat it with some sort of homemade bread or roll on the side. Here are some of our favorites:
More Comfort Food Favorites
Chilly weather is our favorite time for comfort food just like this Zuppa Toscana recipe. Here are some more delicious recipes to try:
- Mac and Cheese – extra cheesy, and so delicious! 5 star reviews!
- Tuna Casserole – from scratch sauce makes this classic even better than you remember!
- Crockpot Chili – a must make for the weekend!
- Tater Tot Casserole – a great go-to dinner for busy weeknights!
- Chicken Stir Fry with the most delicious sauce!
- Perfect Pot Roast and Gravy
What You’ll Need
You are going to love how easy this creamy Zuppa Toscana recipe is! As always, you can find a printable recipe card at the end of this post. Now let’s take a look at what you’ll need to have on hand:
- spicy Italian sausage – you can use mild Italian sausage instead but I do love the flavor of the spicy version.
- bacon – Use good quality bacon for the best results.
- onion – I use a yellow onion for this recipe.
- garlic – you can use the pre-minced garlic to save a little time.
- chicken broth – or chicken stock. I like to use the low-sodium version so I can control the salt.
- russet potatoes – these will need to be thinly sliced. Consider using a mandoline for slicing the potatoes – it creates uniformity which allows the potatoes to cook at the same speed and also reduces prep time.
- crushed red pepper flakes – these are optional. Omit if you are hesitant about the heat level.
- chopped kale – I buy the pre-chopped kale a lot just to save time. You can use spinach instead of kale.
- heavy whipping cream – this gets added just before serving and tuns the savory broth into something rich and creamy. Half and half or whole milk are options to use here.
- Parmesan cheese – I love to grate fresh Parmesan cheese right over the top of the soup just before serving.
How To Make Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Brown sausage in a large pot or dutch oven. Remove and set aside.
- Add bacon to pot and cook until crispy.
- Stir in onion and cook until onion is translucent.
- Stir in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add chicken broth, water, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper if desired.
- Add sliced potatoes and cooked sausage to the pot and bring to a simmer.
- Cook until potatoes are tender.
- Add kale to the soup, and simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in heavy cream and let heat through.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese on top.
Refrigerator: Let the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup cool to room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container. Leftover soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Freezer: Let the soup cool completely before transferring to a freezer safe airtight container. Good for up to 3 months.
This is probably the most common question I get on this recipe and the answer is yes. If you don’t like kale or it’s not readily available to you, spinach is a great alternative.
A lot of reviewers have stated that the leave the cream out to meet certain dietary requirements. This soup is delicious with or without the cream so that is entirely your preference.
You sure can. Let the soup cool completely before transferring to a freezer safe, airtight container. The soup will be good for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Trish’s Tips and Tricks
- Make sure you have all of your ingredients chopped and measured out beforehand. This is a basic cooking “must-do,” but one that I must remind myself to do on a consistent basis!
- Every cooktop and range is different. If you feel like something may overcook or not cook enough, feel free to change the heat settings or the timing of something and check for the doneness of the ingredients instead. This is especially important in soup.
- Add extra broth or water when the consistency of the soup is too thick for your liking. I like to keep extra water around because I tend to find some soups too salty and strong, so adding some water is a go-to strategy for me. Much of this is personal preference, so taste your soup often to make sure you like it. On the other hand, if you would like to thicken your soup, make a quick slurry by whisking together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of liquid (broth, water, milk) and then whisking into the soup.
- I use a mandoline for slicing the potatoes. It takes about one minute to have them all perfectly and uniformly sliced.
I add a bit of crushed red pepper flakes to the soup as well as a bit of salt and pepper. Totally optional. The soup already has a lot of salt from the bacon and heat from the spicy Italian sausage so feel free to omit if you’d like.
I know you’re going to go crazy for this one pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup! Less dishes is always a good thing 🙂
More Soup Recipes
- Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
- Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Ham and Cabbage Soup (Instant Pot)
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Sausage Kale Soup
How To Make Zuppa Toscana
- 16 ounces spicy Italian sausage
- 8 slices bacon
- ½ large onion diced
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic minced
- 28 ounces chicken broth low-sodium
- 24 ounces water 3 cups
- 5 russet potatoes medium, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
- salt and pepper optional
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Parmesan cheese
- Brown sausage in a large pot or dutch oven. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.16 ounces spicy Italian sausage
- Cut bacon into small pieces. Add bacon to pot and cook until crispy.8 slices bacon
- Stir in chopped onion. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until onion is translucent.½ large onion
- Stir in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.2 to 3 cloves garlic
- Add chicken broth and water to the pot. Add crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper if desired.28 ounces chicken broth, 24 ounces water, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
- Add thinly sliced potatoes (I use a mandoline) and the cooked sausage to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.5 russet potatoes
- Continue cooking until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add the kale to the soup, and simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test for seasoning and season with salt and pepper if needed.4 cups chopped kale
- Stir in the heavy cream and let heat through.1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese on top.Parmesan cheese
Originally published January 22, 2017.
Eric Mooney says
This was GREAT. REalllllly really tasty, hearty, flavorful, etc… A couple of comments I’d like to add
1) Soup needs acid. Anytime soup tastes a little flat or it’s just missing something, it’s usually acid. This is why many soups are served with a couple of wedges of lemon or lime. In my case, I used probably about 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar. Most vinegars would work. So, don’t go loading it up with tons of salt an pepper. You need some for sure… but the missing ingredient may be a splash or three of vinegar.
2) After slicing the potatoes, cut them into smaller pieces. Not too small… but closer to bite sized chunks.
Torre Simms says
wonderful! Tasty! Easy to make. Thank you.
This is great but I just want to point out that zuppa toscana literally means Tuscan soup. You don’t need to put soup after zuppa.
Tuscan soup soup!
Pilar Lowden says
So, SO good! It is perfect. So now I can stop ordering from Olive Garden several nights a week. You nailed it! I can’t wait to make more and more for my friends and family.
I just have made it. Still hot in the pot! The best and easiest recipe for Zuppa Toscana. Had some frozen kale, leftovers from some previous recipe, and it is much softer than the fresh one.
This is one of my favorite recipes so far. More cooking time, but worth the result 🙂
GREAT recipe! I made it vegetarian friendly by omitting the bacon, and using “Not Chick’n” broth bullion, and the Beyond Hot Italian sausages.
Ya’ll— it. was. amazing! I am not a veggie, but my husband is, and I was totally craving this soup. It did not disappoint <3
Lisa Sorrentino says
I’ve been making this for a couple of years now. Great recipe. I wanted to make a healthier version so now I make it with Italian Turkey sausage and turkey bacon. IMO it adds a whole other flavor profile that is so delicious!
Sue and Jerry says
Made this soup tonight. This recipe is spot on. It tastes exactly like Olive Garden and it is very easy to make. We will definitely be making this again.
I made this tonight because I had all the ingredients on hand except cream. I substituted 1% milk and a few dollops of sour cream instead, and it was delicious. Thanks!
Kesha Willis says
This recipe was hearty and flavorful… thank you
Seriously sooo yummy! I used turkey sausage as a lighter version and it turned out great!! Thanks for the recipe
Great flavor,fairly easy to put together,but beware of the sharp mandolin blade!!
J Gambrell says
I rarely comment on anything, but I worked for Olive Garden and something to consider. The soup is kept warm in a drawer and fresh kale is kept next to the drawer. We throw the kale in the soup just before we bring it to the table. There is a sweet spot in the soup where the kale is still fairly crisp which you are missing by reducing the kale in the hot soup before serving. Also at home this allows you to use as much or little as you want.
Food for thought
avanti handa says
I rarely ever comment on recipes but I must say this recipe is fabulous And the taste is perfect! Thank you for sharing! One of my favorites!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Thank you so much Avanti!