Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe


Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe


Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden is known for its satisfying and well-priced menu, and now you can get that Olive Garden taste without going to the restaurant. With this Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe you can enjoy your favorite Italian soup recipe in the comfort of your own home.

"Zuppa Toscana" simply means "Tuscan style soup" in Italian. Made with freshly grated Parmesan, Italian sausage, and chunks of russet potatoes, this Tuscan masterpiece is absolutely irresistible. This recipe is perfect for those cooler fall and winter nights or whenever that Olive Garden craving hits, but not matter what the time of year is, if you make this recipe for dinner, you can be sure it'll be a crowd pleaser.



  • 5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 pound of sweet Italian sausage
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and saut until tender. Then add garlic and saut for another minute.

  2. Add sausage and cook until it is no longer pink. Drain off the fat from the sausage.

  3. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add chicken broth.

  4. Return the sausage to the pan along with the potatoes and half of the bacon. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling.

  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Add kale and half and half and heat through, about ten minutes.

  7. Serve each bowl topped with freshly grated cheese and remaining bacon.

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I have never had this soup with bacon in it.

This Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe is just what I was looking for. My mouth was watering just reading the recipe so you know I had to make it. Well, let me tell you, this soup is so rich and full of Italian flavor, thanks to the sausage. It is hardy and comforting and perfect for these cool nights. Served with crispy Italian bread on the side this "one pot wonder" of a recipe is sure to be a hit.

I made this soup and it was delicious! I substituted spinach for the kale, added shredded carrots, and eliminated the salt (which I did not miss in taste).

I made this one and loved it. I added shredded carrots, and eliminated the salt - tasted great. Made a double batch to freeze for a later date.

What does "3 large of cubed russet potatoes" mean? 3 large potatoes? Large cubes?

We have corrected the recipe to read "3 large russet potatoes, cubed". We apologize and thank you for pointing out the typo. -Editors of AllFreeCopycatRecipes.com

Ha ha.. one time i made this and substituted swiss chard for the kale (red chard to be specific) and it came out PINK!


We fixed the typo. This recipe calls for much less than 3/4 cup of salt and pepper! We do not have the nutritional information since this recipe was homemade. We apologize for any confusion. -editors of AllFreeCopycatRecipes.com

The instructions say to add half and half, but nothing in the ingredients about it.

How many calories is in this? I'm going to make it soon , it will be great especially during foot ball season!

I believe you mean teaspoon instead of cups for the salt & pepper,,,lol,,,

Seriously...3/4 CUP SALT??? 34 CUP PEPPER?? WHAT????

I did not see 3/4 c. salt and pepper. I saw 3/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. I have made this before even seeing a recipe. I made it from experiencing the flavor and the only difference between Olive Garden's and mine is that I did not use bacon or half and half. But, I did use can milk and some I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. I also used spinach instead. I have also used the mild and the hot Italian sausage in mine. Yum! Yum!


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