Healthier Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Clone)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

An attempt to recreate a healthier version of an Olive Garden favorite. If you use sausage with fennel seed, you can omit the aniseed.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large stock pot, cook the bacon until somewhat done.
  2. Add the onion and saute until almost caramelized (golden color).
  3. Add chicken stock and water, then bring to a light boil and add potatoes.
  4. Cook Italian sausage (with casings removed) separately in a skillet.
  5. When nearly done add garlic to the pan and cook until sausage is done and the consistency of ground beef.
  6. Add mixture to the stock.
  7. When the potatoes have softened, gently press some of them to the side of the pan to thicken the soup; leaving some whole.
  8. Add fat free half and half, spinach, salt, aniseed, and peppers.