Ready in 1 hour
This soup is hearty and goes well with breadsticks. It is a great stand-alone meal for those with bigger bowls!
"I used to work at Olive Garden - for a breif 2 weeks lol. I loved this soup. I have to say, this copy cat recipe comes dangerously close! I used hot italian sausage, which added a nice kick - but unfortunately lead to an unpresentable layer or red film atop my soup. Once, cooled, i was able to peal it away for the left overs... but make sure to drain appropriately if guests are comming. I also added some traditional itialian seasonings to the broth (Thyme, Marjoram, a bit of oregano, and a bay leaf)... it seemed like they would be needed. And they were. All in all, 5 stars. "- ginablondie1016
Top-ranked recipe named "Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Wedding Soup"
Scrub potatoes and use peeler to peel off skin in stripes; Peel and dice onions; Open cans of Broth; Peel Kale leaves from the stalk and lightly chop, discarding the stalks.
In pan, saute Italian sausage until slightly browned. Add crushed red pepper ONLY if a spicier flavor is desired. Drain excess fat and place in bowl. Refrigerate while preparing other ingredients.
In same pan, saute bacon. Remove and crumble; set aside. Save 1 tablespoon of grease and use it to saute the onions, and garlic for approximately 15 minutes or until onions are soft and clear.
In pot, add broth and onion mixture; cook through until boiling on medium high heat.
Add potatoes and kale, cover, and cook on Medium High until soft..about 30 minutes.
Add cream, crumbled bacon, sausage; simmer 4 minutes and serve.
Serving Size: Approximately 1 1/2 cup
I modified this recipe to find that perfect match of the Olive Garden's flavor. This recipe takes a while to prepare, but is worth the time and effort.
julieseeks117 1 month agoI have been making this soup for years, it's one of my famiky favorites! I always like reading other people's recipes to see what little variations they added in, if any. I never add bacon to this recipe, I tend to think that the bacon drowns out the other flavors. The rest of the recipe is spot on, except fornthe potatoes and kale segment. The kale gets really soggy and gross if you cook it for that long. My favorite way of adding the kale is right before serving: turn off the heat and put a lid on it for a few minutes until warmed. That way it's flavorful and still crispy.
3joshua3 2 months agoWas pretty disappointed. I made it to the exact for 10 servings also. It was too bland. I just felt like it was missing something. I will try it again with more kale, less broth, more cream, hot sausage and potatoes.
kimcawthornroepke 2 months agoMade this for a church potluck, was told it's better than Olive Gardens
LarisaS 4 months agoSooo good! Thanks for sharing. I doubled the recipe as like to make enough to have plenty of leftovers. Also used more kale. I actually added some lemon pepper by mistake but it may have actually made it better...so so good. Definatelly a favorite
alltherave 7 months agoUnbelievable!!!!!! This soup is even better than the Olive Garden!!! Definitely worth trying!
masonmoose 7 months agoThis was GREAT!! I added more potatoes, kale and meat to make it a chunky soup!!! We will be having this again. I thought it was better then Olive Gardens, with it being chunky!!!!
onidragon 10 months ago
michellebolhuis 10 months agoWe have made this several times. It is always good! Why go to the Olive Garden? I have also taken this to work for a potluck and it was very good.
Sandi4 12 months agoOur version of this soup is very similar except we use Hormel bacon bits or pieces, less mess and less time. We also use alot more potatoes and kale. My children love it!
theresaluu 1 year agoExcellent recipe. Followed this exactly and the flavor came out great! Will be making this again next week. Thanks so much for sharing!