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Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

My friend made the Zuppa Toscana Soup for our Community Group a few weeks ago and I loved it! Normally when I go to Olive Garden I just get salad and bread sticks because I am overwhelmed by their soup choices. If she hadn’t made this and told me how good it is I would have never tried it. It is now my favorite and go to soup when we have colds.

Zuppa Toscana Soup RecipeIt is a tad spicy so it really clears up your sinus’. You can control the spice by choosing the mild Italian Sausage and not putting as much crushed red pepper flakes in it. If you have not tried this yet go to the store and get the ingredients to make it. This soup is so easy to make. Some of the stuff can be cooked ahead of time to make . It is perfect for these cold winter days and nights. Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Zuppa Toscana Soup

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  • 1 Onion, chopped finely
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1/2+ tsp crushed red pepper flake
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 medium potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 32 oz. chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 2-3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 lb. italian sausage
  • 1/2 bunch of kale, ribbed and shredded
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat butter and olive oil in large soup pot.
  2. Saute onion, garlic, crushed red pepper flake over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  3. Add chicken stock, water, bacon and potatoes. Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are tender.
  4. Brown sausage and drain before adding to soup.
  5. In the last ten minutes of cooking, add the kale and cook until wilted but still bright green.
  6. Remove soup from heat and stir in the heavy cream just before serving.
Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Type: Main Dish

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe This soup is so delicious and really warms you up from the inside. So whenever you have a cold, grab a box of Kleenex Tissues and make some Zuppa Toscana Soup. Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

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  • marilyn cada
    February 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    this soup looks very tasty

  • saminder gumer
    January 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    i love this soup and get it at olive garden all the time. if i could make it at home i would use it all the time.

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Yes it is great to make at home and so easy. I made it tonight and really warmed me up!

  • Jenn Oldaker
    January 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This recipe has become a new favorite for everyone in our house. My picky 12 yr old included 😉 They even get upset with me if I try and skimp out on the kale LOL!

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Awesome!! So glad! Yes the kale is the best part!

  • Michelle Mattioda
    January 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

    that sounds delicious,i’ll have to try it!

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      It is! Enjoy!

  • Victoria
    January 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    wow that looks delicious!

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you Victoria!

  • Melissa S
    January 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This sounds delicious, also love your bowl.

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Melissa! I love Pyrex!

  • laurie damrose
    January 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    i love Tomato soup,ty

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Your welcome!

  • Sally
    January 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    This looks really delicious thanks for sharing your recipe!!

    • Sarah
      January 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Your welcome! Enjoy!

  • Naznin Azeez
    January 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I tried commenting today on your chicken casserole post. But for some weird reason, there was no comment box there. I checked that post with Snickers, and the same problem there too. Any idea why?

    • Sarah
      January 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Ohh! Try now. It was set up to close comments after 60 days. I think it is fixed now.

      • Naznin Azeez
        January 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Thank you!. I will check it out 🙂

  • Kevin
    January 22, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This recipe looks easy enough to make – even by me!

    Soup (except for chicken noodle) is the only thing that I have yet to make from scratch for the family.

  • Susan G
    January 22, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Your soup looks yummy.. think I will make some tomorrow.

  • Laura Young
    January 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    You soup make me hungry hehe . btw it look pretty delicouss!

  • Camille L
    January 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    This soup looks delicious! Great during winter!

  • Adriane
    January 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    wow – wonderful for a winter night!

  • Sarah Grace
    January 18, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Zuppa Toscana is one of my favorite soups, but sadly I don’t get to have it frquently since I live several hours away from the nearst Olive Garden. I look forward to trying this recipe soon.

  • Mai Tran
    January 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

    That looks delicious! Gotta try this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

  • Dawn Monzu
    January 13, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Sounds amazing! It also looks great…and it’s making me hungry! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Mystica
    January 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Sounds really good.

  • shane
    January 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Looks scrumptious, can’t wait to try it out!

  • jessamer abing
    January 11, 2014 at 1:06 am

    gonna try this

    • Sarah
      January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Let me know how you like it!

  • Venus F.
    January 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    omg looks so delicious!!

    • Sarah
      January 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      It is so good! You definitely have to try it.

  • Holly brewer
    January 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I want to try this recipe!

    • Sarah
      January 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      It is yummy! Let me know what you think when you try it.

  • Shannon
    January 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This looks delicious! Pinning for later! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah
      January 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Your welcome. Thanks for pinning.

      • Shannon
        January 19, 2014 at 4:46 am

        This is what my husband gets every time at Olive Garden. You are welcome.

  • md Kennedy
    January 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    This sounds so delicious, and rich but healthy at the same time. Wonderful way to get kale into a dish, too! I’ll make it for my hubby this week to help cut some of that chill outside (-40 is too much!).

    • Sarah
      January 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      It is so awesome for cold days! Enjoy!

  • Kaci
    January 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Reading this makes me want to make this soup! Yummy!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks! You should make it Kaci. So good!

  • krystel
    January 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    i never really like soup but this soup looks very delicious

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I am pretty picky about soups too but this is so good. It really warms you up from the inside out.

  • Naznin Azeez
    January 6, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Wow!. Gorgeous looking soup. I love the photos too. Beautifully taken 🙂

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kendra W.
    January 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, this looks SO delicious! Definitely going to give it a try next weekend!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks! Enjoy!

  • Helga
    January 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Kale is chock full of vitamins! This is a nice combo of flavors too!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      For sure!

  • Jasmine P
    January 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks delicious!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      It is so good. I am really craving it today but too cold to go out and get the ingredients!

  • ellen ross
    January 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

    yummm gonn make that this week!!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Let me know how you like it. Perfect weather for it.

  • Starla Bates
    January 5, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I have never been interested in this soup until now. Now that I am reading the ingredients, and seeing how delicious it looks, I have go to try this!!!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks. Yes I would never try it at Olive Garden, but it is sooo good.

  • Ashley Renee Hanna
    January 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I do not know what Toscana is but it looks really good. I love trying new recipes and letting my family be my guinea pigs. LOL but I will have to try this one myself. YUMMY!!!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      It is yummy! The sausage can be a little spicy, but not too bad.

  • Dawn K.
    January 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Wow. This looks great. Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna try this.

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Your welcome. Let me know how you like it.

  • Sandra VanHoey
    January 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I have never had this before but would love this. Perfect time of year to make this as well

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Yes for sure on these really cold days.

  • Veronica Lee
    January 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Mmmmm! That looks soooooo good! I pinned this –

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      It is Yummy! Thanks for the pin!

  • Jenn Oldaker
    January 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I <3 this soup! My mom found a recipe for it online and I had never tried it before either. Now it's my familys favorite soup … including my youngest who is VERY picky and they actually complain if I leave out the kale LOL!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Awesome! It is so good.

  • Danizilla
    January 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This looks delicious! I am (mostly) vegetarian though so I would have to swap the meat out for something else, but I love a good soup with kale.

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Oh yea. It would definitely still be good without the sausage. I was thinking of making it next time without it.

  • Anna
    January 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I’ll try it for sure!

    • Sarah
      January 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      It is so yummy! Wish I had the ingredients to make it on this cold day.

  • Kelley
    December 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Yummm!! This looks so good! I need to try more recipes with Kale! Pinning for later 🙂

    • Sarah
      December 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      I wasn’t too sure about the Kale but it was really delicious!

  • Cindy Medrano
    December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    YUM! This made my mouth water!

    • Sarah
      December 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      It is so good and pretty easy to make. Plus makes great leftovers!

  • Melissa
    December 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Looks delicious!

    • Sarah
      December 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thank you!

  • Carly
    December 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Oh man, this looks AMAZING!

    • Sarah
      December 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thank you! It is really good!