bowlful, Olive Garden Zuppa Toscan
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5 from 18 votes


Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is a hearty Italian, homemade, creamy sausage and potato soup. Serve with breadsticks and it is heaven!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Servings: 6
Calories: 623kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • 5 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 32 oz container chicken stock or 4 cups
  • 3 cups russet potatoes cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups kale washed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Garnish: Parmesan cheese grated, to taste


  • First chop up your kale. If you've never worked with greens before, it's important to remove the stems and wash any grit off.
  • Cut the kale in a "V" pattern to separate the leaves from the stem.
  • Chop up leaves into bite size pieces.
  • You want about 2 cups worth of leaves.
  • Then throw kale into a colander and rinse well to remove any dirt or grit that might still be hanging on.
  • Let it drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot, brown and crumble sausage along with onions.
  • During the last couple minutes of cooking, toss in minced garlic.
  • Once cooked, drain excess grease.
  • Return sausage mixture back to pot and pour in chicken stock.
  • Then add in cubed potatoes.
  • Cover pot and allow potatoes to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until tender.
  • Once potatoes are tender, pour in heavy cream and stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Then add in kale and chopped, cooked bacon.
  • Stir again. Bring mixture back up to a simmer and allow the kale to soften and wilt.
  • Give it a taste test (be careful - it's hot!) and see if you need more seasoning like salt or pepper.



collard greens or mustard greens can be used in place of kale


Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 729mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3105IU | Vitamin C: 34.9mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg