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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Zuppa Toscana in soup pot

Homemade Zuppa Toscana is loaded with Italian sausage, bacon, kale and potatoes. Learn how to make Zuppa Toscana soup as made popular by Olive Garden!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $11-$15
Keyword: zuppa toscana
Calories: 458 kcal
Servings: 8 bowls

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bacon chopped
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage The "Hot" variety
  • 1 medium head garlic 10 large cloves, peeled and minced or pressed
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth/stock (32 oz)
  • 6 cups water (48 oz)
  • 5 medium russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/4" thick pieces
  • 1 kale bundle leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to serve optional

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven (5.5 qt), over medium-high heat, add chopped bacon and sauté until browned (5-7 mins). Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and spoon out excess oil, leaving about 1 Tbsp oil in the pot.
  2. Add Italian sausage, breaking it up with your spatula and sauté until cooked through (5 min). Remove to paper towel lined plate.
  3. Finely dice onion and add to the pot. Saute 5 min or until soft and golden then add minced garlic and saute 1 min.
  4. Add 4 cups broth and 6 cups water, and bring to boil. Add sliced potatoes and cook 13-14 min or until easily pierced with a fork.
  5. When potatoes nearly done, add chopped kale and cooked sausage and bring everything to a light boil.
  6. Stir in 1 cup cream and bring to boil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper then remove from heat. Garnish with bacon and grated parmesan.