Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana

14 reviews, 4.2 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

This is a recreation based on lots of research and testing to come up with a recipe for my favorite soup, the Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden. I think this is a very worthy representation.


1 pound ground Italian sausage; drained
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red peppers
1 large diced white onion
4 tablespoons bacon pieces
2 teaspoons garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound sliced Russet potatoes; or about 3 large potatoes
1/4 bunch kale

Original recipe makes 6 Servings

Original recipe makes 6 Servings Servings


You've adjusted the recipe from 6 Servings (as originally posted) to 6 Servings. The ingredients above reflect 6 Servings, but the instructions reflect the as-posted 6 Servings. You may need to adjust the times, temperatures or quantities mentioned in the recipe below as needed.

1. Saute Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

2. In the same pan, saut? bacon, onions and garlic for approxiamtly 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.

3. Mix together the chicken bouillon and water, then add it to the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook until boiling.

4. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.

5. Add heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated.

6. Stir in the sausage.

7. Add kale just before serving. Delicious!

Alert editor   




Calories Per Serving: 469 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Comment or review

This is one of my all time favorite soups! The only difference in mine and this recipe is that I use 3 cloves of fresh garlic minced and 4 slices of bacon. The other thing I do is slice my Italian sausage in half long ways and roast it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. I don't know why this makes such a big difference in the flavor of the soup but it does. It makes it so much better give it a try!!
CbytheSea 1y ago

This soup came out wonderfully! Wanting plenty of leftovers, I doubled the recipe -- big mistake. My largest soup pot barely held it all. Even though I deviated a bit from the posted recipe -- added more onion and potato than required, and used low-sodium chicken stock -- the taste was spot-on to what I enjoy at Olive Garden. Thank you so much for posting the recipe!!
JonWestcot 2y ago

I wanted to make a lighter version and use up all my kale, so I also increased liquids. Slight changes were that I used chicken Italian sausage, turkey bacon bits, 3 cloves garlic, an extra cup of both water and broth, 1.5 C fat free half-n-half, and 1 lb kale. I also added a can of rinsed white beans at the end. I could've used even more liquid since I used so much kale, but it was delicious and hit the spot!
Ksbebe 2y ago

JAUER 3y ago

dannim98 3y ago

I have made this soup several times for work vet togethers and always one of the first bind ti disappear so that is about 20 excellents for the price of one
Gerald_Frederick 3y ago

Very good. I used mild sausage, next time I will use hot as it didn't seem as spicy as olive gardens.
kladamski 3y ago

I did take a few liberties in making this. I used vegetarian sausage mix and added Italian sausage spices to make my own "vegetarian Italian sausage". I also made my own version of a non-dairy cream, and of course my own homemade chicken-less bullion. Health problems can bring a person to be creative in their cooking. LOL! The end result was absolutely incredible. I don't see how this can only serve 6. I have two teenage boys and they went back for seconds so we ate 6 servings and still had over half left! I am definitely making this again after hockey games this winter.
cooksalot1995 3y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free