Tuscan Potato Soup (Zuppa Toscana)

"There are a number of recipes out there that try to duplicate Olive Garden's "Zuppa Toscana" appetizer soup but they usually call for artificial ingredients or seriously lack in flavor. With or without the addition of chopped kale leaves this all-natural and economical family dish is chock full of traditional flavors and is nearly identical to Olive Garden's signature dish. Hint: To reduce the fat content of this soup make sure to remove the kale leaves before serving; they absorb grease."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • In a large stock pot combine the water, chicken broth, salt, and potatoes and set to a low boil.
  • In a separate pan fry up the bacon until slightly crispy and set aside; save the bacon grease.
  • In the same pan used to cook the bacon add the Italian sausage, onion, and olive oil and simmer on low until the sausage is browned and the consistency of hamburger.
  • Chop the bacon into small shreds (use a specialty mincer or food processor to save time) and add to the cooked sausage, then add everything into the soup pot.
  • Mix the garlic, powders, and half-and-half into the soup pot and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • 5 Minutes before serving mix in the chopped kale leaves.

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  1. Ken B.
    I just do the recipe and use uncle charleys sweet Italian sausage and pruccto the uncle charleys sweet Italian sausage got the fennel and barley and jut the right seasoning to it and I go oregano onion fresh garlic salt pepper kale sometimes spinach and a dash of Tabasco and a pinch of pepperonciccini flakes
  2. Rinnosuke
    Just made this recipe for the first time, and this is likely the hardest thing I've made with the exception of Lasagna, that said it is well worth it. It actually tastes much better then the Olive Garden soup, so my tradition of only going there during never ending pasta bowl is intact :D I did however forget the cayenne pepper and couldn't find the fennel seed at the store.
  3. *Parsley*
    This is delicious! I wish I would have doubled the recipe. I made this as written, using all of the optional ingredients listed. It's very tasty and filling and it reheats well - if you have any leftovers. Everyone loved it. Thanx!
  4. tamalita
    I have never actually eaten this soup at Olive Garden, so cannot speak to how closely it resembles that soup. However, this recipe made a delicious soup! I did make a few alterations. I used all chicken broth rather than using any water. I also used less water than specified as I wanted a thicker soup. I used red potatoes, and I used whipping cream rather than half and half. I did use the cayenne and the mustard, but not the fennel. The Italian sausage had lots of fennel! At the end I made a bit of roux to try and thicken this up a bit more, and personally I think I should have made more roux or something. However, the flavor of this soup was over the top! Absolutely delicious!
  5. jstmoore
    This soup is awsome! Probably better than Olive Garden. However, I'm going to add more half & half next time. and I used red potatoes instead of the russet. Very very good!


  1. lilyutz
    HMMM- I think swiss chard would be better than kale- I am Italian and my mom used swiss chard all the time when I was a child.



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