Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden’s! At least that’s what I’ve heard. Being that I’ve only eaten there once I don’t know for sure. When you’ve been eating homemade Italian food all of your life it’s hard to get excited over their food.

Now I’m thinking they deserve a second chance. This delectable soup easily earned a top spot on my ‘favorite soups’ list! That’s pretty serious. Being the soup lover I am.

Simple ingredients turn into something sensational! Crispy bacon and spicy Italian sausage give it tremendous flavor. Meaty potatoes and fresh kale round it out to make a completely balanced meal. With a finish of heavy cream it has an air of indulgence to it.

Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a wedge of crusty bread for a hearty, inspired and satisfying meal!

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

 Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden's!


4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot Italian sausage, ground or links with casings removed
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 loose packed cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving


  1. In a large soup pot or sauce pan cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage and break it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled drain off the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute the onion.
  2. Push the sausage to the edges of the pot and add onion to center - saute until translucent then add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in broth and potatoes, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, simmer for about 20 minute or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Taste and re-season as needed. Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.


Adapted from Tuscan Recipes

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved


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  1. Pegasuslegend says

    looks perfect for this cooler season need more soups! This one looks like it will be the cure all! love it!

  2. Swathi says

    Reeni,This soup looks awesome. I love all creamy soup. I need to try. If cut back bacon, i don;t know it will taste good. Still i will try.

  3. Heather Schmitt-Gonz says

    Everybody seems to love this soup! It definitely looks amazing. I'm sorry to hear that your journey is over :( But at least you're "freeeee" again 😉 LOL!!

  4. BottledBeauty says

    This is mine and my husband's favorite soup to make at home. Your version looks beautiful! The only difference I do is breakfast sausage because I like it more and red pepper. I guess you didn't need red pepper since you used spicy sausage.

  5. Kate says

    This looks heavenly…it has turned cold so it is soup time. I will be trying this recipe.

  6. Monica says

    I've had this soup before at Olive Garden and loved it! I will have to bookmark this recipe and give it a try.

  7. teresa says

    I am so glad you posted this recipe. I admit, I used to frequent OG A LOT. While not nearly as good as the Italian food I grew up with and used to make, they are close to my office and like LeaAnn said, they turn the tables and when short on the lunch hour, the quickness is required. When I do go, Zuppa Toscana and salad is all I have. I LOVE IT!!! Several of the recipes I have seen for it are much more complicated. I can not wait for Thanksgiving to be over with so I can give this a try.

  8. says

    I am in love with this soup. I've got to make it this weekend. For some reason long ago, we ended up at OG for our anniversary dinner. I no more than took my first sip of my wine and our dinner was in front of us. I swear we were there all of 20 minutes. Talk about the turning tables theory, they're the expert. It moves faster than McDonalds drive-through. I was so upset. And then my meal was greasy. Aren't you glad you brought it up? :-) I have a recipe for their salad, love it.

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