Zuppa Toscana Recipe

This is obviously not a Ukrainian soup, but its made by a Ukrainian person. That counts right? Anyway, this Zuppa Toscana Recipe is a family favorite.

My son tried this soup for the first time at mom’s house a few days ago and really enjoyed it. This recipe is my sister Tanya’s version of the classic Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana (If you ask me, I think it’s better than Olive Garden soup).

I think everyone in my family now cooks this. Make a pot when the family is over to visit and it gets gobbled up quickly. Chop, dice and mince all the ingredients before cooking anything and this makes for one easy soup.

Watch How to Make Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

Ingredients for Zuppa Toscana:

1.5 Pounds Hot Italian Sausage
1 head of garlic
1 medium white onion (yellow works too)
6 cups chicken broth or stock
6 cups water
4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ pieces
1 bundle of Kale
1 cup heavy cream

Zuppa Toscana

How to Make Zuppa Toscana:

1. In a large, dry skillet, over medium/high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up into small chunks with a spatula. Saute until it is cooked through and releases fat. Remove from heat.

Using 2-3 large paper towels, drain as much of the fat as you can. Use the spatula to move the paper towels around the bottom of the pan. Remove meat from pan and set aside.

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2. Bring a large pot with the 6 cups of water and 6 cups chicken broth to a boil (while its heating, continue with steps 3 & 4).

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3. Finely dice onion, peel and mince 1 garlic head. Peel and wash 4 potatoes, cut them in to 1/4″ pieces. Wash and cut kale.

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4. Heat the same skillet again over medium/high heat and saute onion for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute an additional 1 minute. Set a side.

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5. When pot boils, add sliced potatoes along with cooked onion/garlic and cook until potatoes are cooked and can smoothly be pierced with a knife (about 13-15 minutes).

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6. When potatoes are almost cooked, add cooked Italian sausage, 1 bunch of chopped kale  to the pot and bring to a light boil. Note: We used to use better than bouillon paste and mixed it into water to make a “chicken broth” but now use homemade chicken bone broth which is absolutely amazing!

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7. Finally add 1 cup whipping cream and, again, bring to a light boil. TADA!!

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Notes:

Skim the excess oil from the top with a ladle.
**I highly recommend this “better than bouillon” stuff. There’s no MSG like there is in bouillon cubes, it tastes great and it’s economical. It can be found in most stores now. I got it at Costco. If you want to substitute, you can use 6 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth and then just add 10 cups water instead of 16. Keep in mind, if you want to use bouillon cubes instead of the paste, they have a high salt content, so add them to taste; you might start with 3-4 and continue with the 16 cups water.

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Zuppa Toscana Recipe

4.95 from 35 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $9-$12
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Italian Sausage "Hot" version
  • 1 head of garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp "Better Than Bouillon" Organic Reduced Sodium Chicken Base
  • 12 cups water
  • 4-5 medium potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 bundle of Kale chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large, dry skillet, over medium/high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up into small chunks with a spatula. Saute until it is cooked through and releases fat. Remove from heat. Using 2-3 large paper towels, drain as much of the fat as you can. Use the spatula to move the paper towels around the bottom of the pan. Remove meat from pan and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot with the 12 cups of water to a boil.
  3. Heat the same skillet again over medium/high heat and saute diced onion for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute an additional 1 minute.
  4. When pot boils, add sliced potatoes along with onion/garlic mixture and cook until potatoes are cooked and can smoothly be pierced with a knife (about 13-15 minutes).
  5. When potatoes are almost done, add 2 Tbsp of bouillon paste, 1 bunch of kale, cooked Italian sausage to the pot and bring to a light boil.
  6. Add 1 cup whipping cream and, again, bring to a light boil. Done.

Recipe Notes

Skim the excess oil from the top with a ladle. I highly recommend this "better than bouillon" stuff. There's no MSG like there is in bouillon cubes, it tastes great and it's economical. It can be found in most stores now. I got it at Costco.

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  • teeth braces cost in Dubai
    August 22, 2018

    Awesome post. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 22, 2018

      Thank you! Reply

  • Tanya
    March 11, 2018

    We love this soup at Olive Garden, great recipe, made it twice now and thinking it will be one of our family favorites. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 12, 2018

      You’re welcome Tanya! I’m glad your family enjoys the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Nataliya
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you very much for sharing this lovely recipe! First time I followed your recipe completely and then I modified it a bit by using the mild sausage instead of hot and by adding tomato paste. Now it’s a favorite soup of my family! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2017

      You’re welcome Nataliya! I’m glad to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mind does. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Anna
    March 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha! Would you recommend substituting with ground beef or beef sausage instead? My family does not eat pork.

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2017

      Hi Anna, I think you could make either one work for this recipe. You might add some red pepper flakes and black pepper for spice if you want it to have the same kick to it, unless you can find a spicy beef sausage :). I hope you love it! Reply

  • Olga
    January 21, 2017

    Hi, Natasha. Thanks for this delicious recipe. I made it on wed,I added, Italian seasoning,black pepper,& bacon. Since there 4 people in the house its not worth buying a big bush of kale,so we bought little box w/kale,& spinach together,it tasted great. We like to season our soups with different seasonings,to make a better taste,& so the soup is not so plane. God bless u Natasha!:] Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Zuppa Toscana recipe!! 🙂 Reply

  • January 14, 2017

    This looks delicious. I love trying new recipes and of course love eating soups in the cold winter here in MN. Some time going to try this soup this coming up week. Thanks for sharing this recipe. God bless you!! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 14, 2017

      You’re welcome Olga! Let me know what you think! 🙂 Reply

  • Alesia
    November 12, 2016

    I love this soup! My hubbys Fave! One extra ingredient i add is a white sort of bean, it makes the soup even better. Try it and let me know how u like it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 12, 2016

      That’s a great idea! I do love beans in soup 🙂 Reply

  • Lana
    September 19, 2016

    I make Zuppa toscana all the time (found recipe elsewhere but very similar to yours), I also add bacon whenever I have some on hand. Or sometimes I buy a bag of bacon bits at costco and saute them with the onions and garlic.
    Also, *my personal preference* I “pinch” the kale into bits off the bunch instead of chopping them. That way none of the hard stalk is used. I also add the kale to each bowl right before serving so it’s still a bit crunchy/crisp.
    I absolutely Love zuppa toscana and my mom asks me to make it for her all the time (usually I’m the one asking her how to make things and it never turns out as good as hers does). It is a very hearty soup and full of flavor. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 19, 2016

      Lana, thank you for sharing your method with us 😄. This soup is truly full of flavor and disappears fast! Reply

  • olga
    September 5, 2016

    i love this recipe!!! Next time you should try using bacon. It gives the soup extraordinary taste. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      I’m so happy you love it and thank you for sharing your bacon tip! 🙂 Reply

  • Allie
    August 9, 2016

    Great soup! I usually leave the skin on on the potatoes. It makes swirls in the soup and yummy as well. I add red pepper and a little bit of Johnys seasoning… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 9, 2016

      Allie, I will be trying your version very soon, we have abundance of kale in the garden to use 😁. Reply

  • Nataliya
    June 2, 2016

    Hi Natasha!!!! Would love to make your zuppa but 10 servings is way too much for just me and my husband , any way I can a smaller portion of this soup?
    Thank you, love all of your recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 2, 2016

      Nataliya, just cut the ingredients in half. Let me know how it turns out 😁. Reply

  • Olya
    January 12, 2016

    Hi Natasha! Just wanted to stop by and say that you are awesome and all your recipes are bomb!!! Ive made many, many dishes from your website and they never dissappoint:) thank you so much!!! This soup is one of our favorite…. And the nutella almond cake is just mmmm:) I always have to double the recipe.
    Thank you again! Dont stop doing what youre doing 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Mariana
    December 20, 2015

    Natasha, this soup is excellent!I made it last night, and today…is even more tastier!!!! The only thing different I did is I added an extra tbsp of the better than boulion for extra flavor DELICIOUS 🙂 thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 20, 2015

      Mariana, thank you for such a nice review and for giving me the idea what I’m going to make this week 😀. Reply

  • tanya
    October 22, 2015

    This soup is delicious. My husbands favorite. I’ve made it multiple times and im trying to make it again but I don’t half heavy whipping cream. Would half and half work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2015

      I thin half and half would work. It would just be a little lighter 🙂 Reply

      • brandy
        December 10, 2015

        I use half & half all the time and it tastes exactly the same! and less calories. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 10, 2015

          Thank you so much for sharing that! 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    July 20, 2015

    So I just tried this recipe and not only was it SUPER easy to make, but it turned out so good! My husband had 2 bowls! Love your blog keep the recipes coming! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 20, 2015

      Anna, thank you for such a great review, I’m so happy you guys enjoyed it :D. Reply

  • Amanda
    June 30, 2015

    I’ve made a very similar soup and instead of peeling and cooking the potatoes to add in, we added gnocchi in. It is made of potato and very easy, just add in and cook for the last few minutes that you let it simmer. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      I totally love that idea! We like gnocchi but don’t eat it often enough. Where have you found the best tasting pre-made gnocchi? Or do you make your own? Reply

  • liza
    June 1, 2015

    I love this recipe!Its my favorite soup. Thanks for sharing it.:D Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 1, 2015

      You’re so welcome 🙂 Thanks for sharing your awesome review 🙂 Reply

  • Maria williams
    December 21, 2014

    Love kale soup it’s my favorite and my son 28 and daughter 23 love it too but how long can it stay in the refrigerator Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 21, 2014

      Thanks for the great review Maria. Soup can stay in the fridge for 3-4 days :). Reply

  • Elena
    December 15, 2014

    I am hooked to you website.. (:
    I have made this soup going by your recipe before, but this time I made it and my dad was home.. Well, he ate 6 bowls..SIX (one after the other)!, he’s not a big guy either, he never eats that much!! He said he loved it, and is requesting i make it again! Another guy was over and said it was better than Olive Garden. A Huge 10L pot was gone in one and a half days!! A new family favorite. Thank you so much Natasha! You’re amazing. God bless you and your growing family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 15, 2014

      6?! Now that IS impressive! lol. Thanks so much for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    October 3, 2014

    I was wondering how can I make this soup for just 2 people ? How much of each ingredients would I need to use ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2014

      I would probably divide the entire soup by 4; 1/4 lb sausage, 4-5 cloves garlic, 1/2 small onion, 1/2 Tbsp chicken base paste, 4 cups water, 1 potatoe … etc. It would be hard to cut it down past that. Reply

  • Jacqueline
    September 9, 2014

    How long can the soup stay out/in fridge? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2014

      Not more than a few hours since there is dairy in it; the sooner you get it back to the fridge, the better 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    August 12, 2014

    I have the bouillon cubes. Can I use them? If so, how many cubes? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2014

      You can use them. Keep in mind, if you want to use bouillon cubes instead of the paste, they have a high salt content, so add them to taste; you might start with 3-4 and continue with the 16 cups water then add more to taste if you think it needs the extra salt/flavor. Reply

  • Vika
    August 2, 2014

    Hi. I want to make this soup. But I been at Walmart and I didnt find ” better than bullion” can I substitute with something else or where can I buy it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2014

      Yes you can use any reduced sodium chicken broth or chicken base. Reply

  • Kristina
    June 26, 2014

    Love this soup. You should have an option on your blog to change the serving size. That would be awesome Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2014

      I would love that too! Hmmm… I have no idea how to do it though, but I’ll keep it in mind 🙂 Reply

  • Elena
    January 26, 2014

    Now this is the only soup my hubby wants me to make! Lol. It’s soo so good and he also says that it’s even better than Olive Garden;) We moved overseas so we don’t have Olive Garden here and we missed Zuppa Toscana until I tried this recipe! We still miss their breadsticks though.. oh well 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2014

      That would be the ultimate comfort food if you don’t have an Olive Garden around. I’m so happy you both loved it 🙂 I don’t have the recipe, yet… 😉 Reply

  • Natasha
    January 17, 2014

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!! Have just prepared it. Unbelievable. Better than in Olive Garden 100%.
    Tak derzhat 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 17, 2014

      Yes!!! Thank you for your sweet compliment 🙂 Reply

  • Mariya
    January 8, 2014

    This recipe is great! I love zuppa toscana! I add bacon to mine also, in the beginning while frying up onions, gives it a bit of a smoky taste! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2014

      Bacon makes everything better, right? 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina
    December 4, 2013

    Amazing soup I made it today and the whole family loves it. Thanks for your wonderful recipes Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2013

      Woohoo!!!! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for your awesome feedback. Reply

  • Yelena
    November 29, 2013

    Hey i have a question, I live in Tulsa Oklahoma where can I buy the Italian meat?? I looked everywhere?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2013

      What grocery stores do you have in Tulsa? Reply

  • Victoria
    October 31, 2013

    Your recipes are all so amazing! I haven’t made anything from them yet but I sure saved quite a few that I want to try as soon as possible. You have everything that I was looking for! Can’t wait to try them out! Actually no, I did make the holodets last night, but it’s still getting jelly in the fridge 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that this is the best website that I have came across on, and the easiest to follow along, considering that it is probably the tastiest too 🙂 Thank you for making cooking much more fun 🙂 Can’t wait to see you on your own tv show :))) Good Luck and hope that God will Bless you and your family 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2013

      Victoria you are so sweet :). Thank you and God bless you too!! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes on my blog. You’re awesome!! Reply

  • karine
    October 2, 2013

    i love et Reply

  • olga
    September 6, 2013

    Hi Natasha,
    How long can a pot of soup stay in the fridge? And is it possible to freeze this type of soup?? In a ziploc bag? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 6, 2013

      I haven’t tried freezing it before, but I think it should work as long as your ziploc doesn’t leak. If you aren’t able to finish it within 1 week, freezing would probably be a good plan. Reply

  • Amber
    August 30, 2013

    Every time I go to Olive Garden I get just the lunch special with all you can eat soup. I LOVE this soup and I am so happy I can make it at home now. One question though, can you freeze it and it come out just as delicious defrosted and reheated? It did make a nice size pot and there is only my husband, my one year old, and myself. We would love to make another meal put of it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2013

      I’ve never tried freezing it so I can’t officially recommend it, but I think it would work. Reply

  • July 24, 2013

    Would definitely give this a try, Natasha. Sergi loves exploring tastes, and this would be perfect for us. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 24, 2013

      You won’t be disappointed :). Reply

  • Oksana
    June 19, 2013

    Made the soup last night. As some others did also, I also added bacon to this. I like that its not over salted, like the Olive Garden soup is, and my husband thanks you for that. The weather just turned rainy again here in WA today, so perfect soup for that, and I’m fighting a cold and boy does this open up the sinuses! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 19, 2013

      Sounds cozy 🙂 It’s been raining all day here too. Now I’m craving it too! Reply

  • Vika
    June 6, 2013

    Love this soup!! My family in joy it and its so easy to make!! Thank you for posting this soup!! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 6, 2013

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad you all enjoy it 🙂 Reply

  • diana
    June 5, 2013

    I will have to try this version. I do add half sweet sausage and half spicy or hot sausage in the soup because my husband doesnt like hot stuff, it evens out the flavors oh and the bacon is a must lol i did find better then buillion at costco but i was hesitant to buy it because it is kinda pricey and i do not have enough recipes i could use it for so i dont want it sitting around getting old… i just use chicken broth and water…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 5, 2013

      I will have to try adding bacon next time! Do you sprinkle crunchy bacon in when serving? About the broth; If you figure how much broth the jar makes, it comes out cheaper than buying the broth. I almost always just use the better than bouillon and you can use it in any recipe that calls for broth. Reply

  • alla
    May 14, 2013

    16 cups?! Really?! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 14, 2013

      Yes, it makes a big pot. You can easily cut everything in half if you want a smaller batch. Reply

  • Svetlana
    May 13, 2013

    Made this soup for Mothers Day and it turned out delish, as anything else that we make off your blog. Thank you for all the hard work and beautiful pictures! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 13, 2013

      Awesome, we just made some last week and it was gone very quick :). Thank you for the good report Svetlana. Reply

  • Anuta
    May 8, 2013

    Definately DELICIOUS. Turned out perfect! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 8, 2013

      Music to my ears 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Lilya
    May 2, 2013

    I had this at a friends house and loved it. However, I have Question: Do you think it would be good enough if I did not use the “HOT” sausage? I have 5 little kids and they won’t eat spicy stuff. But I just bought Kale yesterday for my first time, still not knowing what I’d do with it, now I have a good way to use it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2013

      I just made some using “mild” sausage and my 3 year old loved it, so use that instead, soup will taste just as good but not spicy :). Let me know how it turns out. Reply

    • christine merlino
      October 22, 2013

      Use “the fresh breakfast sausage(Bob Evans SAVORY) Has same great flavor, but not hot.I do this when grand children are over. The adults could spice there soup up with the “hot pepper flakes” they sell in the seasoning isle(like the ones you sprinkle on pizza… Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        October 22, 2013

        Definitely a good suggestion for the young palate 🙂 I love the idea of using hot pepper flakes in individual bowls. Thanks again!! Reply

  • Hector
    May 1, 2013

    This is one of my favorite soups!!! Definitely going to give this one a try. Thanks Natasha!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2013

      Thank you Hector, i would like a report after you’ll make it :). Reply

  • inna
    April 6, 2013

    Natasha everything on your website tastes amazing!!!! I was wondering if you know another type of sausage that doesn’t have the chewy stuff in it?? Thank u for posting so many yummy recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2013

      My sister had used the non-spicy one with good results but I don’t remember if it had “chewy” stuff or not. This sausage doesn’t seem to have much “chewy” stuff or at least I couldn’t tell and I hate chewy stuff more than anyone. I pick through my meat all the time to get rid of weird stuff. You can experiment with different sausages if you like. Reply

  • Galina
    April 3, 2013

    Natasha, I have a quick question for you. My mom wants to make this soup but there is no kale in Russia. Can she substitute it with something? Maybe spinach? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2013

      It might work with spinach, but I haven’t tried it yet. It would have a different texture. Reply

    • christine merlino
      October 22, 2013

      You can use the “fresh spinach”, but, put it in the last 10 minutes because as Natasha mentioned, it is a “softer texture” and cooks very fast(wilts).
      I have used it “in a pinch”, when I could not get the Kale.
      Nothing beats the Kale though…I’m thinking any thick hearty green might work… Reply

  • Galina
    March 29, 2013

    The soup was sooo good!!! I even had to invite guests to try that ))) Definitely a keeper! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2013

      Thank you Galina 🙂 It’s the best thing to find a guest worthy dish! Reply

  • Anna
    March 25, 2013

    Love this recipe, thank you so much. I have made it twice now, hoping I will have some left overs since there is only three of us. However, everyone gets seconds and thirds till there’s no more. It feels good that they love it so much, I just wish they would leave more for me lol. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2013

      Lol, it definitely feels good that they love it. I would recommend setting some aside for your self as soon as you make it :D. Reply

  • Mary
    March 3, 2013

    LOVE this soup…. always a hit in our home. I do add bacon (done in the oven, it’s not too messy) and my secret ingredient is fennel seed…. it adds a WOW factor to an already delicious soup…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2013

      I’m glad you love the soup and I will try adding fennel seed next time :). How much of it do you add? Reply

      • Mary
        March 3, 2013

        I just throw in 1-2 Tbls…. I just made your soup with the hot sausage and it really gives it a pleasant but not over-powering taste. … your site is terrific, so glad I came across it. Appreciate all your effort in making it easy to follow. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 3, 2013

          Thank you Mary; I’m glad you find the site useful. And, I sure do love this soup!! Reply

  • Natalie
    February 26, 2013

    Hi.I was wondering Where can u buy the spicy sousage ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 26, 2013

      Walmart or Winco 🙂 Reply

      • Natalie
        February 28, 2013

        Thank you;)ill definitely try this soup;) Reply

  • Vera
    February 25, 2013

    Hello Natasha I am Ukrainian but my family loves Italian food this recipe was great! My family loved it! Thank You for sharing this recipe with us! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 25, 2013

      You are welcome Vera, glad to help :D. Reply

  • Alina
    February 13, 2013

    I make it pretty much the same way, except I add bacon, and I make it in one pot, from start to finish. Less clean up, and also added flavor. I fry the sausage in the soup pot, then take it out. Leave the excess grease in the pan to fry rest of ingredients. Fry the bacon, add onion, after few minutes add garlic, then pour a little chicken broth to help scrape any burnt spots on bottom of pot with wooden spoon (works wonders and also adds flavor), then add rest of chicken broth, potatoes and water. While potatoes cooking add spices and salt if desired. When potatoes almost done add sausage kale and whipping cream. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2013

      I love that you make it all in the same pot. Smart girl! 🙂 Reply

    • christine merlino
      October 22, 2013

      Yes, I also do everything in one pot…Sams Club has a wonderful Chicken paste broth(and beef) made by TONES
      As you mentioned “once you use these “pastes”, you’ll never go back to Granuals or cubes.The flavor is “unbelivable” as if you made the stoke from scratch. Go easy on amount used (taste as you go) or it could get salty. But, “no problem”, just add more liquid.
      Makes fantasic homemade chicken noodle soup too.

      I have used “Bob Evans Italian suasage” thats in a role tube(where they sell Bob Evans Breakfast sauasages in the dairy cases. It you have someone, “who doesn’t like it too hot, the “Bob Evan “Savory” sauasage is perfect. It has a “little kick”, but children can handle it”.
      I too, have added bacon(the real stuff) , just don’t over do it.
      Definitly remember to add the “Kale ” last. Maybe the last 20 minutes to half hour of cooking. Roll it up in a “tube” and slice across. It’s easier that way.
      You are right , Once you make it at home, the one at “Olive garden” seems so Blah~laughing~ That tends to be “my problem”, I make reciepes “better than what’s at the restruarant”, and then, “I don’t order “my favorite dish anymore…My husband is very pickey, and we only go out to dinner “when I need a break”, but “its never as good as homemade. Reply

  • Tanya
    February 9, 2013

    I use almost the same recipe but I also add bacon. It’s awesome!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2013

      We eat a pot of Zuppa between the two of us in 3-4 days, I also take it to work for lunch :). Reply

  • andrey
    February 8, 2013

    The exact kind i always been making! My family loves this version better than any other kind. Another way i sometimes do it when i have extra time is shape the italian sausage to little tiny sausages and bake them in the oven, then add them at the end to zuppa. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2013

      I like your idea on baking tiny sausages, should try it next time :). Reply

  • Lena
    February 8, 2013

    I’ve always made this soup using the hot Johnsonville sausage (gives that kick) and for some reason, I like this soup better with half and half.. But either way, this soup is everyone’s favorite.. Beautiful picture!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2013

      I should try using half and half as well, actually have some in the fridge that needs to be used :). Reply

  • Angela
    February 8, 2013

    Natasha thank you thank you for sharing this recipe!!! It’s so much better then then any other recipe!! Keep up the hard work!! Every recipe that I try of yours turns out wonderful! :)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2013

      You are welcome, I will upload more up to date pictures of steps by tomorrow. 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    December 12, 2012

    I LOVE this soup! It’s better than the Olive Garden version! I am making this again this week, already got all the ingredients! I used hot sausage in loose form…without casing…you know, like ground beef 🙂 And I found it had hardly any fat to soak up with paper towels. I think I’ll stick to that instead of sausage links. And…did I mention…this soup is amazing?! I finally got my family to eat kale! Yay! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2012

      It’s definitely a family favorite for us as well. I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for letting me know! Reply

  • Kristina
    December 4, 2012

    I cannot say this enough, thank you so much for your awesome recipes and advice! i had this soup at my friends the other day and I’m making it tomorrow for my family 🙂 i looked online for recipes but honestly i come back to your page every time because you’re the only one I trust! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 5, 2012

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like the recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Lila
    November 1, 2012

    I love this soup!Perfect for the rainy fall days! Natasha i love your site! Easy to use and lots of yummy interesting recipes! Aksana I have used regular ground beef before, I just add lots of Italian seasoning to the beef and some red pepper flakes( either to the soup or the beef) and it turns out just as yummy. Be careful with the red pepper it could get pretty spicy , I would use a little, sample and add more as needed . I also used ground chicken or turkey too. Just add seasoning and it’s pretty much the sausage. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2012

      Thank you Lila, you just made me crave some Zuppa, probably will make some this weekend 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    October 31, 2012

    Super excited to try this out tomorrow!! Just wanted to thank you for all the posts, my cousin told me about your site. I got married about 4 months ago and your blog has helped me a lot! =) I was wondering if you’ve ever made kapysnyak, if you did you should make an addition to your soups =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2012

      I have not made it yet, but It’s on my to do list 🙂 Reply

  • Deb
    October 31, 2012

    I just love your website & can’t get enough of the
    Zuppa Tuscana! I also put a shaker of red pepper
    Flakes at the table for those who like a bit more
    “kick” to their zuppa Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2012

      Zupa Toskana never gets old 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    October 27, 2012

    Isn”t this soup sopposed to have bacon too? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 27, 2012

      You can add bacon if you like, but it tastes great without it. They spicy sausage adds plenty of flavor 🙂 Reply

  • Irina
    September 4, 2012

    Do you add any cheese to the soup? To make it thicker? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 4, 2012

      No, but I guess you could grate some over the top like they do at Olive Garden 🙂 Reply

  • April 11, 2012

    I’ll be making this on Friday for 100 ppl! Wish me luck! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 11, 2012

      Wooowweee! That’s amazing! What is the event? Reply

      • April 11, 2012

        Just some youth coming over from NC to our church here in Rochester. Haha I loving doing to big events and your website always helps 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 11, 2012

          I am always happy to help 🙂 Reply

  • Lena T.
    March 9, 2012

    Love this soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I’d say it’s way way better then olive garden zuppa!! Thanks again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2012

      I’m glad that u liked it. It really is much better than in Olive Garden. This Soup never gets old in our house Reply

  • Irene M.
    February 22, 2012

    Thank you so much for posting Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe and for making this website. I have been looking for a good Zuppa Toscana recipe for a while now and my friend told me about your website, now i use it all the time and love it, I just got done making it and i love it.
    thanks, again Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2013

      You’re welcome 🙂 Glad you loved it! Reply

  • Tanya K
    January 20, 2012

    The previous comment is my friend also. Were actually all the way from Jersey and your site is a hit here. I’m not married yet, but have a goal to learn how to cook before I get married. Right now I’m practicing on my brothers 🙂 And your site is the perfect help! I made this today, delicious 🙂 Thank you so much! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2012

      You’re doing better than me! I didn’t know how to cook much (and burned alot of food) when I first got married 🙂 Thanks for writing, I’m so glad my site is helpful to you! Reply

      • Tanya
        March 3, 2014

        A year late, here I am, married and cooking very often straight from your website. In a few long years, my children will reply to this message of how they’re using your recipes as well 🙂

        Thank you, Natasha! You’re an inspiration!

        Sincerely,
        TANYA (now L) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 3, 2014

          Welcome back Tanya, and thank you so much for such a sweet comment – music to my ears :D. Reply

  • Vita K.
    January 7, 2012

    thank you so much for this post and for making this website. i have been looking for Zuppa Toscano recipe for a while now and my friend told me about your website, she uses it all the time and she loves it, and now im hooked on it, and soo glad i came across this recipe. will be making it tonight for sure.
    thank you again. God bless. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 7, 2012

      I make that soup pretty often as well. Welcome to the site (Thank your friend for me 🙂 God bless you too! Reply

  • Luba K
    December 11, 2011

    This soup was super tasty! My husband and I absolutely loved it. Thank you for the recipe. Reply

  • Aksana
    October 6, 2011

    Hi, Could you use regular ground beef, or some alternative to sausage? Or can you use sausage thats already ‘cooked’? Reply

    • Natasha
      October 6, 2011

      I wouldn’t recommend it. I haven’t tried it but don’t think the soup would be spicy enough with cooked sausage or any other kind of ground meat. Reply

      • Katya K
        June 9, 2015

        I tried with other sausages a while back, its not the same. Reply

  • Mel_Linn
    August 25, 2011

    Your husband just brought in this soup. I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • August 25, 2011

    Natasha,Sounds great! I am anxious to try this recipe at our local soup kitchen. I would need to feed 60 people. How would you alter the recipe to feed this many guests? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 25, 2011

      This serves 10-12 people served in pretty large bowls (about 2 cups per person = 20 cups total of soup). If you want 1 cup servings, you would probably make 3 times the amount. If you want at least 1.5 cup servings, you would make 5 times the amount. Hope that helps. You might want to ease up just a tad on the garlic a tad because it’s pretty garlicy and not everyone is a garlic lover. 🙂 Reply

  • nadia
    July 5, 2011

    I couldnt find italian sausage with the brand “falls”, so I went ahead and bought a brand johnsonville hot italian sausage. Do you know if it is good sausage to use? thanks

    nadia Reply

  • Z
    May 13, 2011

    So I need a little help here.

    What if I want to use canned chicken broth?

    How many cans and how much water would I need?

    Help me out with the ratio here since I suck at math. lol

    I want to make this soup but I dont want to screw it up.

    Thank you bunches 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      May 13, 2011

      6 cups chicken broth and 10 cups water. (3tsp bouillon paste = 1 tbsp paste = 3 cups chicken broth) Reply

  • Irina N.
    January 22, 2011

    I have made this soup before and my family loves it Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2013

      Awesome, I’m glad your family loves the recipe :). Reply

  • Yana
    December 29, 2010

    This looks like the exact recipe for the Olive Garden soup. Made it many times. Yummy stuff! Reply

    • Yana
      December 29, 2010

      actually, the orginal recipe for the olive garden one has bacon in it.

      Also, quick note: i’ve made the orginal recipe and it seems that both of the recipes require onion. I’ve noticed that if you use white onion instead of yellow it makes a big difference in the appearance and taste of the soup, i think because of the heavy cream. (?) Reply

      • Natasha
        December 29, 2010

        I haven’t tried white onion. I’ll give it a try next time. Thanks for the tip! Reply

      • Lyuba
        February 23, 2011

        You can also add bacon to it. I made this soup yesterday and it was SUPER yummy. One of my favorites! I made big pot of it and half of it is already gone…
        After you cook sausage , remove it from heat. And in the same pan cook till brown some bacon, and then just mix it together with sausage. And add it all to soup. Reply

        • Natasha
          February 23, 2011

          Thank’s Lyuba! Reply

          • Katya
            June 9, 2015

            I made it with Bacon as well. I would cook the onions add bacon then the garlic to that. It smells soo good. I make more of the onion/bacon/garlic mixture because I know it will be half eaten before it even gets into the soup. 🙂

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            June 9, 2015

            You really can’t go wrong with adding more of that mixture! I agree people seem to pick that out of the pot first 🙂

  • JuliaK
    November 8, 2010

    This also tastes great if you add Parmesan cheese into the pot. At the same time when you add the cream. It gives it this Italian kick! Great recipe. I made it today! And as I was shopping at Winco for the ingredients, I think I may have seen u. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 8, 2010

      Ha ha, nice. I think you did because I was at Winco today! Wave me down next time :). Glad you liked the zuppa. I’ll try the parmesan when I make it again, but it probably won’t be for a little while. We are still working on the pot I made a few days ago. Reply

  • svetlana
    October 5, 2010

    natasha, ur blog rocks its so legit, i can see this blowing up so clearling into something huge, watch out reachel ray! im making this soup today, thanks for this super helpful blog! Reply

    • Natasha
      October 5, 2010

      Thanks Sveta! I was blessed by your phone call today, even though I didn’t sound that excited, but I caught every word. Reply

  • September 30, 2010

    Hi my name is Stefanie and I work for Lalich Resources Inc. (Better Than Bouillon’s agency). We appreciate the wonderful comments you have made about the product and would like to feature this blog on our website. Would you allow us to feature your blog? Also, we would love to send some free product to you as a thank you. If you would like to accept this offer please respond with an address to stefanie@lalichresources.comReply

    • Natasha
      September 30, 2010

      Hi Stefanie, thank you for your offer! I would love to be featured on your site!! I sent an email your way. By the way, the photography on your site is awesome, I will definitely check back for inspiration.  Reply

      • Svetlana
        March 14, 2014

        I really hate to intrude here but when I went to buy this “Better than Bouillon” organic chicken base I saw under the ingredients list “YEAST EXTRACT”…that my dear, is MSG. These clever folks still managed to put MSG into their product and label it healthy and organic. However I still caved in and bought it bc ive been itching to making this soup. Working on it right now…thank you for your great recipes!
        Svetlanka Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 14, 2014

          Oh wow! I had no idea!! I’ll be on the lookout for that one in the future. I had to google it and sure enough; you’re right on! Thanks so much for sharing that info with me. And please do let me know if you find a better product. Maybe I should start making my own broth more often, except I need a deep freezer for that…. Hmmmm… Reply

  • anna
    September 6, 2010

    definitely a family favorite! Reply

  • Inna
    August 24, 2010

    I love zuppa toscana from olive garden. If this taste anything like it, I’ll love it. Planning on making it for tomorrow. Reply

  • Yelena
    August 23, 2010

    I have some homemade chicken broth and sausage in the fridge, Now I know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow. Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 23, 2010

      You’re welcome. Is it a spicy sausage? It works best with the brand that I mentioned. If it is a different one, let me know how it turns out. We always use the Falls brand Hot. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Reply

  • Veronica
    August 22, 2010

    I’ve never had this soup but I MUST try it at home! It sounds so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing. Reply

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