Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Copycat

I love when the weather gets just a little bit cooler, and I can stay at home, cook some delicious soup, and stay in my warm cozy clothes. This soup is the perfect light, yet filling dinner or appetizer, you will ever taste. It's a copycat recipe from one of our favorite restaurants, Olive Garden. If you have never tried their soups, this is a good one to start with.

This soup is one of my favorites from Olive Garden and now you can make it at home. My whole family gobbled it up. To add more heat, use a hot sausage or add more crushed red pepper flakes.

You could easily make this recipe, to best suit your family’s needs and taste buds, but we personally like a little bit of spice, just not too much.

This recipe is perfect to get you warm on a cold chilly day. It is so simple to make, and is full of flavor. It is also pretty filling. We make it with our Easy Cheesy Sticks, and dip it in the hot broth. It is delicious.

Watch how to make our Easy Cheesy Sticks below.

does my meat have to be pre-cooked or does it cook in the soup?

We highly recommend cooking your meat separately. This will keep out extra grease, and allow you to rinse and drain the excess.

how to make the soup more healthy

I am a big soup lover. I don’t care what is in it, I will most likely love it. This soup recipe is one of my favorites, because it is so versatile. you can pair it with any meat, and it will still taste delicious.

If you are looking for a few healthier alternatives, I recommend adding turkey sausage instead of Italian beef or pork sausage. You can also buy turkey sausage, with and Italian twist to it, so it hardly tastes different.

You can also substitute the pork bacon for turkey bacon. It does cook a little differently so read the instructions on how to prepare it.

You could also add your favorite vegetables, not on the ingredients list, in the recipe. I love adding carrots and zucchini to mine.

The recipe also calls for half and half. This can easily be substituted for milk, or even almond milk. Just make sure the almond milk is plain, and not sweetened with added flavors.

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Serves: 6

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Copycat

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 4 slices thick bacon, diced into small pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large Russet potatoes , scrubbed and rinsed then sliced into halves, halves diced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups packed kale, chopped
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into 1-inch pieces and add to saucepan.
  2. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally until cooked through.
  3. Drain sausage onto a plate or baking dish lined with paper towels, set sausage aside.
  4. Add diced bacon and chopped onion to saucepan and saute mixture until bacon is cooked through and onions are translucent, about 3 - 5 minutes longer.
  5. Add chicken broth, water, sliced potatoes, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  6. Bring soup just to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cooked sausage.
  7. Cover saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are nearly tender, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  8. Add in kale then simmer until potatoes are soft and kale is tender, about 5 - 10 minutes longer.
  9. Stir in half and half and warm through.
  10. Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese.



315 cal


23 g


4 g


17 g
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