Zuppa Toscana Recipe (a la Olive Garden) (2024)

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This Zuppa Toscana soup recipe (inspired by The Olive Garden) is quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and SO comforting and delicious! Stovetop, slow cooker and Instant Pot (pressure cooker) instructions included below.

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Somehow, in all my 27 long years of life, I was never introduced to The Olive Garden’s famous “Zuppa Toscana” soup — until this week.

One of my good friends lives right by the OG, and suggested we pop over for their unlimited soup/salad lunch on our day off. And then she insisted — as I was about to order the minestrone — that I try the creamy zuppa instead. I actually really like a good minestrone, but decided to take her word for it. And oh my goodness, I’m so glad I did.

This soup is the best!!!

(And dare I say, a wee bit dangerous on the “unlimited” menu, ha.)

Seriously, I couldn’t get enough of it. So of course I had to come home and try making a batch for myself. Turns out, it’s incredibly easy to make at home, easy to lighten up a wee bit (I used half and half instead of traditional heavy cream, and also added in extra kale), and it’s SO comforting and delicious. You’ve gotta try it.

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Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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This Zuppa Toscana recipe (inspired by the classic dish at The Olive Garden) is easy to make, full ofthe most delicious zesty Italian flavors, and it’s so cozy and comforting!

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (I recommend spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves,minced
  • 1 medium white onion,peeled and diced
  • 1.5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 to 3 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 6 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Cooksausage in a largestockpot over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, breaking the sausage into small pieces as it cooks.Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a separate plate, reserving 1 tablespoon grease in the stockpot for later*,and discarding the excess grease.(I actually like to briefly rinse my cooked sausage in a strainer to remove even moreexcess grease.)Set aside.
  2. Add onions to the stockpot (with the grease), and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, and cooked sausage, and continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the kale and cream, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with the bacon bits.

Notes

Slow Cooker Version:

  1. Cooksausage in a largestockpot over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, breaking the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a separate plate.(I actually like to briefly rinse my cooked sausage in a strainer to remove even moreexcess grease.)Set aside.
  2. Add cooked sausage, garlic, onion, potatoes, and chicken stock to a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or on high heat for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are tender. Stir in thekale and cream, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with the bacon bits.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Version:

  1. Pressthe “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot. Add the Italian sausage, and sauté until browned and cooked through, breaking the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. Press “Cancel” on the Instant Pot.Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a separate plate, and drain and discard the excess grease in the Instant Pot.(I actually like to briefly rinse my cooked sausage in a strainer to remove even moreexcess grease.)
  2. Add cooked sausage, garlic, onion, potatoes, and chicken stock to the bowl of the Instant Pot, and stir to combine.
  3. Press “Manual”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the +/- buttonsuntil time reads 10 minutes. Cook. Then very carefully, turn the vent to “Venting” for quick release, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid.
  4. Stir in thekale and cream, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with the bacon bits.

*Stovetop Version: Ifyou would rathernot sauté the onions in the grease, you can sub in 1 tablespoon olive oil instead.

posted on December 5, 2010 by Ali

Crock-Pot (Slow Cooker), Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker), Main Dishes, Soups / Stews

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  1. Gretchen September 7, 2023 @ 8:07 am Reply

    This was ridiculously good. Very easy to make and quick to the table. All of my family loved it and had seconds. I didn’t add the bacon, in my opinion, it didn’t need it. I used the spicy sausage, it added a good amount of heat without being too spicy. This will become a regular for us!

  2. Suzy W September 16, 2023 @ 7:11 pm Reply

    This is the copy cat recipe I’ve been looking for! I added the bacon when I added the potatoes and chicken stock, and added red pepper flakes while everything was simmering at the end. With those two additions, it tastes just like it used to when I worked at OG.

  3. Brittany Mandera October 26, 2023 @ 4:10 am Reply

    This is the best soup I’ve ever made! I did bear Italian sausage, spinach instead of kale and added chantrelle mushrooms. It was to die for! Definitely making again. Thank you so much 🧡

  4. Debbie December 4, 2023 @ 2:38 am Reply

    We’ve been making this soup in the Instant Pot for a few years and it’s amazingly delicious and so fast. Serve with a fresh baguette and we’re in heaven!

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