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    Better Than Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

    Better Than Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. Photo by Jeremiah Comer

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    1 hr 5 mins

    15 mins

    50 mins

    Jeremiah Comer's Note:

    This is the BEST tasting soup I have ever had. If you want a savory soup that is full of flavor and light on the calories, this is it! You'll never want regular potato soup again!

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    Serves: 12



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      In a large pot on medium-high heat add the ground sausage and crushed red pepper flakes. Using a spatula, break up the sausage until it's cooked through. Pour sausage into a large bowl and set aside.
    2. 2
      In the same pot add the olive oil, chopped onion, and bacon pieces until the onions become translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add 2 cups of water to the pot and stir well. Add the chicken concentrate and stir to combine. Then add the remaining 8 cups of water.
    4. 4
      Add potatoes and cook until fork tender. Add a little salt to the broth if necessary to make sure the potatoes will absorb for maximum flavor.
    5. 5
      After potatoes are done, add the cooked sausage back into the soup. Skim off most of the fat from the sausage that floats onto the surface.
    6. 6
      Add the fresh kale and stir in to allow the leaves to soften slightly.
    7. 7
      Add the heavy cream and stir.
    8. 8
      Salt and pepper to taste.
    9. 9
      Garnish each serving with shredded parmesan or pecorino romano cheese, if desired.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 08, 2013


      WOW!!! This stuff was so addicting! The broth was out of this world. The potatoes, sausage, and kale are a wonderful flavor and texture combination! I ended up using the real bacon pieces used for salads, and it was perfect and made it so simple. I've tried other versions of this recipe, but the quality ingredients with this one turned out with the best flavor. This one is definitely a keeper.

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    • on January 02, 2014


      Amazing! The flavors came together beautifully. Will make again!

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    • on January 31, 2014


      We crave this soup! It IS better than Olive Garden's. We double the recipe and enjoy it for two to three days. We've even eaten it for breakfast. Thanks, Mr. Comer.

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    Nutritional Facts for Better Than Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

    Serving Size: 1 (344 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 279.5
    Calories from Fat 180
    Total Fat 20.0 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 48.7 mg
    Sodium 486.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 1.4 g
    Protein 9.2 g

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