Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

"I used Italian turkey sausage, and turkey bacon. I also added 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes."
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  • 1 12 cups spicy sausage
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 34 cup onion, diced
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 12 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups kale leaves, cut in half, then sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base
  • 1 quart water
  • 13 cup heavy cream


  • If sausage is in links, take out of wrapper (or slice).
  • Cook ground sausage, until done. Cook bacon and onion over medium heat, when bacon is crisp, take it out of the pan and leave the onion.
  • Add garlic to the onion, and cook 1 minute.
  • Add chicken base, water, and potatoes; simmer 15 minutes.
  • Crumble bacon.
  • Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream.
  • Simmer 4 minutes, then serve.

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  1. Peejers
    Fantastic soup, Since I made it the first time 3 weeks ago I have had to make it two more times, both double batches. This was a huge hit with both my picky eater hubby as well as my Sicilian dad. I did adjust the recipe/process a bit by the third time. I don't cook with exacts so I know my measurements were off each time but it turned out faboo. Definitely double the recipe if you want any leftovers for lunch or to freeze. So here are the adjustments I made. I used one tube of Bob Evans hot sausage instead of 1 1/2 cups. I cooked the sausage, then the bacon in the soup pot. After each was done cooking I put it to the side. Then I took out most of the bacon fat (and saved to the side to use with burgers one day) and left about 1 tbsp to cook the onions in. I dumped in the onions and let them caramelize in the pan while I chopped up the crispy bacon. When I added the water I increased the amount by at least a cup, since my husband really liked the broth. I also cooked the soup a bit longer to give the potatoes a creamier texture. It was absolutely delish and I will use this recipe over and over. Thank you so much for posting it!
  2. dirty dishes
    I have made this a couple of times and it is delicious everytime!! I used kale the first time but since I live in the country I used frozen spinach and it is just as good. Also sub evaporated milk for cream too with excellent results. I just love this stuff!! Thanks Leslie O. :)
  3. DeniseBC
    I had kale in our CSA box and this is one of my favorites at Olive Garden. We really enjoyed this recipe and would say it was a reasonable copy of Olive Garden's version. For future reference, my sausage worked out to be about 1/2 pound to equal a 1.5 cups. I also used Yukon Gold potatoes which seemed perfect. I had a little trouble with the directions, but that may just be me. I wasn't sure if I was to cook the bacon in the same pan as I had cooked the sausage or if I should drain off the fat of each. I decided to cook the sausage in one pan and the bacon/onion in another. I drained fat off both. If I use bacon next time, I will cook it first and then cook the onions and garlic after it is done in the bacon grease. I mistakenly mixed the sausage in with the broth and potatoes at the point where you are to simmer for 15 minutes, but that worked out ok. Next time I will add more potatoes, a little less sausage and probably leave out the bacon, but I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing Leslie 0! A great supper on a cool October night!
  4. Southern Polar Bear
    This was really good soup! My husband watches his carbs, so I didn't add the potatoes. As a result, the broth was very thin. I will definately make it again, and when I do, I will add more cream and reduce it to make it a little more thick. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  5. Fatty
    Delicious! I begged my Mom to cook it for me a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great recipe! -Crystal H.


  1. Big Daddy Ralph
    I made it slightly better from diabetics by subbing sweet potato. I also used fresh collards instead of kale. The latter was just a personal preference. It turned out great!
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  2. TSwearingen
    This is a guaranteed tummy pleaser! Thank you so much! I substituted a block of cream cheese for the whipping cream. There were NO complaints at the table!
  3. rogers.leia
    great recipe! I didn't want to run to the store so I made a few substitutions. I used frozen spinach, turkey sausage, and substituted the heavy cream for 2% milk and butter (I saw a substitution guide on allrecipes.com). It still tasted GREAT and was quick and easy to make!
  4. bakedapple42
    Wow, was this ever good! I tweaked it somewhat to reduce the fat and pump up the flavor. I carmelized the onions and added lots more potatoes. I substituted chopped frozen collard greens for the kale. I also added 2 stalks of chopped celery. I omitted the bacon because with the flavor from the sausage and the carmelized onion, I felt it wasn't needed. To reduce the fat content, I added low fat milk in at the end instead of cream. It still tasted wonderful! Thank you, Leslie O, for such a verstile and delicious recipe.
  5. haskell.catherine
    My entire family loves this recipe. Thank you. I did make a few changes. Used fat free cream instead of heavy cream. Chicken stock instead of the chicken base. I added 1 cup of frozen corn, 2 cup of fresh sliced mushrroms. I never have leftovers .


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