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Zuppa Toscana – Olive Garden Copycat (VIDEO)

Zuppa Toscana is Olive Garden’s most popular soup. This one-pot, homemade Zuppa Toscana recipe is hearty and loaded with Italian sausage, kale, bacon and potatoes.

Some of our most popular recipes are restaurant copycat recipes like Creamy Shrimp Pasta and of course Chicken Madeira! You can make it better at home for a fraction of the price!

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe:

We love re-creating restaurant quality soups at home like our popular Clam Chowder Recipe. My sister Tanya taught me how to make this Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana and it has been a family and reader favorite since we first published it in 2010. We have since made it heartier and more flavorful. The classic just got better!

What is Zuppa Toscana?

Zuppa means soup and Toscana means Tuscan. Tuscan Soup! It is classically made with kale, potatoes, onion, and garlic then served topped with cheese.

Zuppa toscana copycat recipes in bowl with spoon and served with bread

Is Zuppa Toscana Spicy?

We use “Hot” Italian sauce which does give this soup a spicy kick but you can substitute with medium or mild Italian sausage and make a less spicy version then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Do I really need 1 HEAD of Garlic?

YES! We used a full head of garlic (about 10 large cloves). Do not skip the fresh garlic. Garlic gives the broth incredible and authentic Italian flavor. Since the garlic is sautéed, then simmered with the broth, it doesn’t overwhelm the soup. Garlic is also very good for you (a super food)!

Garlic, kale, potatoes, onion and hot Italian sausage ingredients for zuppa toscana

Is Zuppa Toscana Healthy?

This soup is naturally gluten free and grain free. To make a Keto-friendly Zuppa Toscana, you can substitute potatoes with cauliflower.

For Whole 30 (dairy free), substitute the heavy whipping cream for 1 can of full fat unsweetened coconut milk (using the solid white cream portion only and adding it at the very end just to heat through).

Zuppa toscana soup served in bowl next to pot of soup

More Copycat Recipes from Restaurants:

These recipes are inspired by some of our favorite restaurant dishes. In every case, we loved the homemade version even better because of higher quality ingredients, healthier fats (olive oil), less salt and of course a lower bill!

Watch How to Make Zuppa Toscana:

Now wasn’t that easy? Serve topped with crispy bacon, extra cheese and generous slices of crusty French Bread. I hope this Zuppa Toscana becomes a favorite in your home as well.

Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat

4.98 from 873 votes
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
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Soup
Calories: 458
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 (6 cups)
  • 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 bacon 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.
Nutrition Facts
Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 906mg39%
Potassium 877mg25%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Vitamin C 18.6mg23%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • V
    November 22, 2022

    I’ve never had the Olive Garden soup but this soup is so good!
    I use cauliflower instead of potatoes it comes out so good, thank you for the recipe definitely my favorite soup to make ❤️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 22, 2022

      You’re welcome! So glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • carson
    November 18, 2022

    This is the closest knockoff recipe I have ever tried.
    I add about a teaspoon of sea salt and a teaspoon of black pepper for my taste.
    This is going to be a family favorite.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2022

      I’m so glad you found a new favorite on my blog, Carson! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Tab
    November 16, 2022

    I interchanged the broth and water measurements and I still would have preferred more broth. I had to use a lot of seasoning to overcome the blandness. And I like my kale a little more tender so I added it earlier. But the core of the recipe is good.

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  • Susan Read
    November 14, 2022

    Loved this soup recipe!
    So good! Thank you Natasha.
    Just wondering where you found the wooden ladle you used in the video?

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  • Zeenat
    November 14, 2022

    I love this recipe! I skip the bacon altogether and use turkey sausage to cut a few calories and it’s STILL the best!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 14, 2022

      So glad you love this!

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  • Sasha
    November 13, 2022

    This was DELICIOUS!! ABSOLUTELY loved it! I’ve never had the soup at olive garden before but have seen it around online and it always looks so good. I used cheap tube sausage because that’s what I had on hand, and added Italian seasonings and crushed red pepper to it, used all broth (unsalted home made), no water and added about 3 extra cups broth (13 c total). Will be making this again! Loved the kale in the soup. The perfect dinner on a cold night. The garlicky, creamy broth is to die for, I’d definitely recommend adding more broth so you have plenty to drink at the end 😋

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      Hello Sasha, thank you for your good comments and feedback. So glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Valerie Boulay
    November 13, 2022

    OMG SOOO sooo sooo good GOOD !!!😍
    Will grow more and more kale next year, and more garlic juste to make to wonderful soup. Thanks you so much

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      That’s a wonderful plan!

      Reply

  • Karan Larabee
    November 13, 2022

    This is an excellent recipe. I enjoy recipes from your website, Natasha.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Joan
    November 12, 2022

    This was delicious! Second time I’ve given a 5 star review in the last 2 weeks. The only thing I did different was add 1/2 pound more sausage because my husband is a meat lover. We absolutely loved this and will put it in our rotation this winter. Thank you for your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      Thank you so much for your 5 stars, Joan. We appreciate your review always!

      Reply

  • Rita Cottrell
    November 12, 2022

    Perfectly done…thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been looking for the recipe..and your’s is the absolute best.❤️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 12, 2022

      You’re welcome, Rita! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Melinda
    November 12, 2022

    Followed your recipe except I didn’t have any kale on hand. I substituted with fresh spinach instead and turned out very good!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 12, 2022

      Thank you for sharing, Melinda!

      Reply

  • Oksana
    November 12, 2022

    It looks delicious!
    What bacon do we need to use in this soup ? Smoked? Thanks

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 12, 2022

      Hi Oksana! You can use any bacon, I prefer the smoked types for depth of flavor.

      Reply

  • Tana
    November 6, 2022

    I made this recipe exactly to the T and I love it! Will make again, probably low carb next time! Delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 6, 2022

      Good to hear that you liked the result of this recipe!

      Reply

  • Carla Joyce
    November 6, 2022

    This is absolutely delicious! I made the recipe as sown but added 2 big diced carrots (we love them), and added a big tablespoon of the Better than Bullion Italian herb seasoning to the water. So, so good….better than Olive Garden!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 6, 2022

      Wow, thank you! We appreciate your good comments and feedback, Carla.

      Reply

  • Jeanette
    November 5, 2022

    Hi, the soup is delicious! Love your recipes.Can I can this soup prior to adding the heavy cream? I would love to make a large batch to put up in the pantry.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 5, 2022

      Hi Jeanette! I have not tested canning this soup to advise how or if it would be possible. You could freeze it. A couple of my readers reported good results with freezing this soup.

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  • Mia M.
    November 4, 2022

    This recipe was fantastic!! I made a double batch and added a little extra bacon and some baby Bella mushrooms! It was really quick and easy to make. Definitely going to be a regular in this house!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 5, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Mia! So glad you found a favorite.

      Reply

  • Danielle Espinoza
    November 3, 2022

    This is the 2nd time I’ve made this and it is absolutely delicious. Super easy to make too. Thank you for the great recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 3, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear that!

      Reply

  • Sue
    November 2, 2022

    This is so easy to make and just delicious. I was a little nervous about all of that garlic. So, I only added about 1/2 a large head. While still good, it can easily use the rest, and I will do that next time. Thank you for the great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2022

      Hello Sue, that sound good! I’m happy to hear that you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Dave
    November 2, 2022

    I’m fairly new to cooking and I want to make this recipe, but isn’t 80 ounces of liquid an enormous amount?

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    • Natasha
      November 2, 2022

      HI Dave, it’s 10 cups of liquid total which generously serves 8. It does make a large pot of soup. If you desire a heartier soup, I would cut 2 cups water and then just add more if desired.

      Reply

  • Mary
    November 1, 2022

    Guess what I made tonight? I didn’t have kale so I substituted with spinach and it turned out so scrumptious!! Another guess on what we’re having tomorrow…the leftovers if there is any left by then! Looking forward to your cookbook!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2022

      Awesome! So happy to hear that you love this recipe! Thank you for patiently waiting for the cookbook, it will be ready by the fall of next year.

      Reply

  • Hay
    November 1, 2022

    So good. I used sour cream instead of whipping cream and it was still perfect!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 1, 2022

      Good to know it worked! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Dawn Pepper
    October 29, 2022

    I make this recipe at least four times over the fall and winter. It is fantastic!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 29, 2022

      Thank you for the review, Dawn! So glad you love it.

      Reply

  • Regina Gagné
    October 29, 2022

    I no longer enjoy your site due to all the pop up advertising.
    I used to love it when you first started..

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    • Natasha
      October 29, 2022

      Hi Regina, the only way we can keep running our site for free to our audience is to have advertising. We found that most people would rather scroll past the ad to get a free recipe than to pay a subscription. We have to be able to pay our 7-person team and keep things running and the ads pay for that.

      Reply

  • Carol
    October 29, 2022

    I’ve been making this soup ever since I tasted it at Olive Garden! I make the soup and use spinach at the end but I don’t add cream in the pot of soup, we add our cream to our bowls and than I don’t worry about it going bad, although it doesn’t last long. I have made it with hot sausage and mild sausage. I love your recipes.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 29, 2022

      Thank you for sharing, Carol!

      Reply

  • Holly
    October 28, 2022

    How would I make this using pre minced garlic in the jar? How much?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 28, 2022

      Hi Holly. I don’t have the exact measurement. Fresh garlic is stronger so you may need to use more than the recipe calls for if you are using minced garlic from a jar.

      Reply

  • Anna
    October 27, 2022

    hello natasha. I would like to know where i can find the receipe to the old tsupa toscana soup reciepe you had on here. PLease email it to me

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2022

      Hi Anna, this is our original recipe! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Dina
    October 23, 2022

    I have accidently everytime I made this, added the sausage with the potatoes. Does it matter?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2022

      Should be alright but please update us, we’d like to hear how it goes!

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    • Haley Wilson
      October 26, 2022

      I have done the same thing! It’s turned out just fine. So good!

      Reply

  • Delma Lopez Miller
    October 22, 2022

    Love it!!! Family hit….we live in south texas and I made it when we got our first cold front…made it again today…that’s twice this week…super easy n delish!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 22, 2022

      So glad you love this recipe. It’s one of our favorites.

      Reply

    • Paul
      October 29, 2022

      I am going to try this recipe , it sounds great. I hate kale, so I am going to use spinach.

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      • Natasha
        October 29, 2022

        Hi Paul, I think that would still work with spinach but keep in mind that spinach will soften faster than kale so it needs a shorter cook time at the end.

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      • Shelley
        November 3, 2022

        Paul, I’m not a huge fan of kale either, but it is so incredibly good in this recipe. It holds a little structure after it is cooked which makes the texture of the soup perfect!!
        You should give it a try!!

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  • Jennn
    October 21, 2022

    I love this recipe. I made it at Thanksgivings and it was a hit. Definitely making it again and again. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jennn!

      Reply

  • Jess
    October 16, 2022

    This was absolutely delicious but caused some epic garlic breath next day. Small price to pay I guess, lol.

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  • Carrie
    October 14, 2022

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, can I make this in a crockpot?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 14, 2022

      Hi Carrie, one of my readers shared the following great review on making this in a crockpot/ slow cooker: “We make it in a crock pot. We add the cooked sausage and all ingredients minus the kale and heavy cream. We add the cream and kale 30 mins before serving. It is perfect.” Another reader reported cooking on low for about 8 hours.

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  • Shay Torres
    October 7, 2022

    OMG! I may never return to Olive Garden again for this soup. It turned out superb. My husband and I have been eating it everyday it’s just that good! Now help me make the garlic sticks and I’m good! Lol

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Shay!

      Reply

  • Yuvonne Moore
    October 4, 2022

    I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of instead of adding milk I used a pkg of softened boursin garlic and herb cheese. It was over the top good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 4, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Yuvonne!

      Reply

  • Dawna
    October 3, 2022

    I use this recipe every time we have this dish! It’s a huge hit in my house, we absolutely love it! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  • Beverly A Carman
    October 2, 2022

    Excellent! Thank you for consistently perfect recipes and videos! My favorite chef! This was perfect and just like the Olive Garden recipe. Perfecto!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 3, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Beverly!

      Reply

  • DeeDee
    September 30, 2022

    Hi Natasha. I love this recipe! The only thing I did different was use coconut milk instead of the heavy cream. Really good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 1, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that it works well with coconut milk with us, DeeDee! I know our readers will find this helpful!

      Reply

  • Margie
    September 26, 2022

    I just made this for my family, and they loved it, I didn’t have Italian sausage on hand so had to make my own with regular sausage. I also only used 3 potatoes (my pot wasn’t big enough haha). This is a great recipe, not too greasy and I added EXTRA kale since its so yummy! Great job! My picky teen approves. Lol

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 26, 2022

      That’s a win, Margie! So glad they loved it.

      Reply

  • Jan Byrd
    September 24, 2022

    I used half the potoes, half the sausage, half the kale, and added 1tsp salt and pepper. The real recipes is more like what I did than this. Way too many potatoes, kale and sausage than the restaurant.

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  • She
    September 23, 2022

    Olive Garden super Tuscan soup does not have bacon in it I copycatted that recipe too!!!
    Actually I’m gonna make it tomorrow

    Natasha love your recipes I love what you do

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 23, 2022

      Thank you! So glad you love my recipes.

      Reply

  • Diane catoe
    September 22, 2022

    I didn’t have any kale how much does it have on this soup with the flavor

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 22, 2022

      Hi Diane, the kale is a great addition but I’ve had some readers who leave this out because they don’t like it. Some will also substitute with spinach or collard greens.

      Reply

  • Kim
    September 17, 2022

    I just made this and it was absolutely delicious.
    Happy Husband 🥰
    Thank you

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 17, 2022

      That’s a win! 🙂 I’m glad to hear that, Kim.

      Reply

  • LaDonna
    September 15, 2022

    Can half and half be used instead of heavy cream for this soup ?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 15, 2022

      Hi LaDonna! That would be fine.

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  • Tracey
    September 12, 2022

    Absolutely the best zuppa toscana soup recipe! Made it several times, and it froze well for me!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 12, 2022

      Happy to hear that you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Janet
    September 9, 2022

    I made this not knowing it would really be a lot. Since there’s only me, I’ve been eating this awesome soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner for couple days now. My question is, how long should this stay fresh in refrigerator? I seriously do not want to toss this, it was so yummy.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2022

      Hi Janet, I haven’t stored it for more than three days. Since it has dairy in it I probably wouldn’t go much longer.

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    • Kelly
      October 24, 2022

      Freeze it. I make a great big pot and there is only 2 of us. It freezes quite well. This way I can have any time I like.

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  • Marcy
    September 3, 2022

    This recipe is amazing! We love garlic and it was great that you could really taste it ☺️ We used chicken bone broth instead of regular broth for the added health benefits and it was great

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 3, 2022

      Thank you, Marcy! I’m glad to hear it was enjoyed.

      Reply

  • Beth
    August 29, 2022

    To freeze for postpartum, would I just make it following the steps and freeze at the very end? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2022

      Hi Beth, I haven’t tried freezing this soup myself, but one of our readers wrote: “I freeze this soup all the time! I usually make a triple recipe so I can freeze some for later… It’s as good, or better!” I hope this helps.

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  • Lily
    August 27, 2022

    I’m at the store and I can’t find hot Italian. Is Jimmy Dean how breakfast sausage the same?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 27, 2022

      Hi Lily! That spices may be different but it could probably still work ok.

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      • Ellen
        September 5, 2022

        Just add some red pepper flakes to the regular Italian sausage. I’ve done this a couple of times and it works well

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  • Tammy Spence
    August 26, 2022

    This recipe is the best. I use cauliflower instead of potatoes and it makes it a low/no carb Zupa!! Best of both worlds.
    I make this at least twice a month all year long.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 26, 2022

      Thank you for sharing, Tammy! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. I’m sure it’s delicious with cauliflower. 🙂

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    • Karen
      October 7, 2022

      I never thought to use cauliflower! I use radishes. I hate radishes, but in the soup they taste like potatoes. They are even lower in carbs than cauliflower.

      Reply

  • Gloria Stobbs
    August 22, 2022

    Yum, Yum, Yum! I love watching you cook and sharing your recipes! Thank you❤❤❤

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 22, 2022

      Thank you, Gloria! I’m so glad you enjoy them. 🙂

      Reply

  • Sherri
    August 20, 2022

    Could you use another green like peas, or other veggies in this soup. It’s great with the kale, but looking at other variations.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 20, 2022

      Hi Sherri. I have not tested an alternative. Ssome of my readers have reported using Escarole, spinach, and power greens.

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  • Randall Clark
    August 16, 2022

    This looks great. I will plan on making it soon. One note though, Pasta e Faggioli is Olive Garden’s most popular soup. Zupa is second. Will this work cutting it in half? (It’s just me and my beautiful wife since my children have all forsaken me for husbands or the military.)

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    • Randall Clark
      August 16, 2022

      Okay, I looked it up. You’re right. I’m wrong. Zupa Tuscana is the #1 seller at Olive garden. I am sorry if my wrongness affected anyone with great harm. If so . . . have some soup!

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      • Pt
        September 4, 2022

        I actually work at an Olive Garden and our #1 seller is our Chicken and Gnocchi followed by the Zuppa. Also, since we make it, I noticed an ingredient missing, red pepper flakes. The hot sausage may make up for that though.

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  • Blitzo
    August 11, 2022

    Hi there, I love your content so much! You are a great cook just continue what your are doing.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 11, 2022

      Thank you, appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Cynthia
    August 9, 2022

    Doesn’t the 6 cups of water, water down the broth? It seems like a lot of water with little time to cook any off.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 9, 2022

      Hi Cynthia, the result is great for us using the exact recipe but feel free to adjust it according to your preference.

      Reply

  • Terri
    August 8, 2022

    I finally made this and WOW! I think it tastes even better than OG! I peeled my potatoes, as the recipe calls for, and the only thing I did differently was to throw the chopped bacon in with the sausage. I broke into 1 1/2 cup portions and froze 7 of them. This is delicious, so thank you!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2022

      Awesome, so lovely to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing that with us, Terri.

      Reply

  • Pauline
    August 3, 2022

    I’m curious abt the potatoes used in Zuppa toscana. My thinking is that Yukon golds would make a better taste sensation bc they aren’t as “mealy” as russets. I’m guessing the russets might give off more starch which help to thicken the broth so maybe it’s a trade off. Any comments?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2022

      Hi Pauline, I’ve tried it with both, and we prefer this, but that’s a personal preference.

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    • Jack & Polly
      September 22, 2022

      If you start cooking potatoes in hot water, they will get “mealy” no matter what kind they are!!! Always start your potatoes in cold water, they will turn out great every time!!!

      Reply

  • Angela M
    July 31, 2022

    If you want to avoid potatoes or step up the protein use Garbanzo beans instead of potatoes. Very Yummy! They take on the flavor of the soup but maintain a firmness that is perfect.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 31, 2022

      Good suggestion, thanks for sharing that, Angela.

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    • Terri McR
      October 15, 2022

      I’m not a chick pea fan but as soon as you mentioned it, a lightbulb exploded and I thought BUTTER BEANS!!! Smooth and creamy, and my be a good lower carb option to potato.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        October 15, 2022

        Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Terri!

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  • Kathleen Barlow
    July 30, 2022

    What a great recipe. I’ve made it several times with great comments from family and friends. About leaving the peel on the potatoes, I follow this rule: If the potatoes are new or in really good shape, I leave the peel on. When they are a bit older, I peel them. Work well.

    Thanks again for sharing.
    Blessings

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2022

      Great tip, Kathleen! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Lily R.
    July 28, 2022

    Do the potatoes have to be peeled? I tried the one from Olive Garden and it has the skin. I kind of like that about the soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 28, 2022

      Hi Lily, I used peeled in this recipe but I imagine it will also be good with the skin, I know others prefer that!

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  • Gerry Stafford
    July 22, 2022

    Given that the recipe calls for 10 cups of liquid one will use a larger pot or dutch oven. My query is; if we are using a large pot why not saute the sausage bacon and onion at the same time (assuming a reasonably powerful burner)?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2022

      Hi Gerry, the bacon is intended to be a topping. We cook it first & then remove it. Allowing the bacon flavor to then infuse into the other ingredients without getting the bacon soggy while the soup is cooking.

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  • Vic
    July 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha, Well I finally made your Zuppa Toscana, or something similar. You should know that for some reason I can’t quite explain I love to experiment in the kitchen and this zuppa was no exception. Rather than add just finely diced onion, I added finely diced onion, celery, red pepper, and carrot. Then I added baby peas. along with small sliced mushrooms. I used minced garlic. May have to cut back a bit on that next time. I also used baby spinach rather than kale. Did mention I like to experiment? The whole thing turned out very well. In short, a good time was had by all. Maybe I’ll call it Zuppa Canadiana.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 19, 2022

      Hi Vic! I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you for the wonderful review and for sharing your experiment. I love to hear how my readers recreate my recipes. 🙂

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  • Daria
    July 17, 2022

    Hello! Thank you for the recipe! We don’t like kale, can you substitute it with anything? What would you recommend? Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 17, 2022

      Hi Daria, others used spinach and liked the result!

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  • Janice
    July 16, 2022

    Love love love it !! You are a great cook.I’ve made your chicken and wild rice and learned a lot from you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2022

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback, Janice!

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  • Vic
    July 14, 2022

    Can I use minced garlic in a package, and if so, how much would equal a head of garlic?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2022

      Hi Vic, that will work. I would follow the package instructions; most of them list their ratios. We prefer to use fresh garlic in this recipe.

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  • Fawn Broady
    July 13, 2022

    One of my favorite soups of all time! So good and spicy! Thanks Natasha for another winner!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Fawn!

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  • Kimmie
    July 13, 2022

    Can this be frozen? Cooking for 1, and I would like to save portions for later.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 13, 2022

      Hi Kimmie! I have not tested it but some of my readers have commented that it freezes well.

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    • Terri
      August 8, 2022

      I froze mine into 8 individual portions in Ziploc freezer bags. Works just fine!

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      • Beth
        August 22, 2022

        I love to freeze individual servings in zipper bags, because I can lay them flat and they do not take up as much room in the freezer as using the square or round snap top containers.

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  • Pattie Diamond
    July 13, 2022

    Love the video. Where did you get your wooden soup ladle from? Love all your videos!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2022

      Hi Pattie, I love this ladle! You can find the kitchen tools that I use here on my Amazon affiliate shop.

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  • CJ
    July 12, 2022

    First recipe I made when I first came across your site. It was fantastic, I love it. The second time I made it I threw in a can of chili beans I had left over from another meal. Wow ! I didn’t think it could be any better but it was. Will make again for sure !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 13, 2022

      Wow, chili beans? I would have never thought of that. Thank you for sharing your experiment, CJ. 🙂

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  • Connie
    July 12, 2022

    I am going to add my name to the 900 plus 5 star ratings!!! A true indicator of your delicious soup. I’ve made this several times and each time I trek it here and there with ingredients I have on hand and each time my husband declares it’s the best soup ever! One thing I do consistently is use my homemade chicken broth. This adds so much depth of flavor. Many thanks Natasha for this wonderful recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2022

      Thank you for your excellent and thoughtful review, Connie! I’m so happy our recipe was a hit!

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  • Samantha
    July 9, 2022

    Tastes even better than Olive Garden! I didn’t add any bacon since the sausage was already a bit too greasy. I also doubled the kale since it’s so good!! Thank you for this recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 9, 2022

      You’re very welcome! Glad it was enjoyed, Samantha.

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  • Dave Russell
    July 7, 2022

    I love making this but I use chopped spinach and when I add the garlic, I toss in a cup of sliced, fresh mushrooms. I also use sweet sausage and a teaspoon of crushed red pepper. Wonderful, hearty meal. Thanks

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 7, 2022

      Yum! Thanks for sharing, Dave. So glad you love this recipe.

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  • Sallie Morrill
    July 4, 2022

    Can’t wait to make this! Looks like a potato soup bade w/ meat & veggies thrown in. Looks delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2022

      I hope you love it, Sallie!

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  • Sabrina
    July 2, 2022

    My family Loved this soup! My store was out of Hot Italian sausage. So I just added a little red pepper flakes to spice it up! Great Easy recipe, wonderful Dish as always miss Natasha! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 3, 2022

      Great to hear that the recipe was a huge hit!

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  • Kris
    June 21, 2022

    Made this at least 10 times. Family rates it a 10/10.
    Well done!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 21, 2022

      Wonderful to hear, Kris! So glad you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for the reivew.

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  • Joan Osepchook
    June 19, 2022

    My local Olive Garden leaves the peal on the Russet potatoes and slices them, not dices. So that’s what I did. It’s simmering now – can’t wait to taste it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 19, 2022

      I hope you love it!

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  • Wendy
    June 8, 2022

    I’ve never had OG soup but have friends that love sausage soup so I gave this a try. I didn’t peel the potatoes and I did use minced garlic from a jar. I stuck to the recipe except used all low sodium chicken broth without the water. My husband loved it. I will make this again but with spinach. The kale didn’t really wilt and we agreed that I do better with spinach. I love making your recipes because we’re never disappointed! Thank you Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Wendy! I’m so happy you both enjoyed this recipe!

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  • Roberto
    June 3, 2022

    Hello, wondering what the serving size is for the bowl mentioned in the recipe?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 3, 2022

      Hi Roberto. I do not have this measured out that specific. You may want to weigh the soup and divide it by 8 servings.

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  • Amber M.
    June 1, 2022

    My family LOVES this recipe. Sometimes it is hard to find a recipe that we all like and this one has become a go-to. I use fresh spinach instead of kale, but that is the only change I make!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 1, 2022

      Great to hear that, Amber and that sounds alright! Thanks a lot for the review.

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  • matt
    May 31, 2022

    this is one of my absolute favorite soups. Spot on! Thanks for posting this!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Matt!

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  • Jantell
    May 30, 2022

    I just made this tonight, and it’s a hit. Like others, I added a little extra Italian sausage and potatoes and ground red pepper (we like it hot:). Bread on the side….yum!
    Thank you for this deliciousness!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 30, 2022

      That’s great, Jantell! Thank you for the excellent review.

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  • David DelToro
    May 30, 2022

    Natasha, you’re the ultimate woman, smart, gorgeous and can cook! Your family is wonderful, I’m sure a very loving husband and you two make beautiful children! Love your love of God and community! May God bless you with good health and long helpful life! David DelToro Katy, Texas!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 30, 2022

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that wonderful compliment! Blessings to you David!

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  • Elizabeth
    May 29, 2022

    It was a cold rainy day yesterday and I made this for dinner…OMG!! I can’t wait for dinner tonight! This was so delicious, I can’t tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed it. I used 2 lbs of the Italian sausage and more potatoes (just to use up pototoes). I will be using this recipe for a long time to come!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 29, 2022

      Hey Elizabeth, thanks for the awesome feedback! I’m so delighted to hear that you both loved it!

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  • Lisa
    May 27, 2022

    The best recipe ever. I have went only by this recipe and it would put Olive Garden soup to shame, lol. But I have to say nobody has ever not went on and on complimenting it every time I fix it

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 27, 2022

      Hi Lisa! That is wonderful. I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe. It’s a family favorite.

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  • Natalie
    May 27, 2022

    I had never had this soup until a coworker made it for a potluck. I searched for the perfect recipe & found yours. I have made it twice now, it’s so delicious that I could make it at least once a month & not tire of it. I use more sausage and potatoes than it calls for to make it heartier. It’s an excellent recipe thank you for sharing it! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Natalie! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with me!

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  • Bette C
    May 23, 2022

    A little disappointed with this recipe. It lacks real flavor. If I make this again I will 1. omit water and use chicken broth only
    2. Make more bacon
    3. Add flour or cornstarch to thicken
    4. Add salt and pepper and some fennel

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2022

      Hi Bette, thank you for your review and feedback. Feel free to make some changes or add seasoning according to your preference.

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  • Sandy
    May 23, 2022

    I made this and have to say IT WAS DELICIOUS! I would make many more times in the future!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 23, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sandy!

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  • Rans
    May 20, 2022

    This is what I go back to at Olive Garden. Will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for always sharing your recipes Natasha!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 20, 2022

      You’re welcome and sounds good! Please update us on how it goes.

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  • Helen Perry
    May 18, 2022

    Can potatoes be substituted with Sweet potatoes? We like sweet potatoes. What is your suggestion concerning this substitution?
    Thank you so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2022

      Hello Helen, I have not tried that yet to advise but I think it would be a good experiment. Please share with us how it goes if you try it!

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  • Melissa Bongioanni
    May 14, 2022

    Hi Natasha! I was just commenting to my husband that I have some Uckon (spelling) gold potatoes that need to be used up and here is yours recipe pinned to my soup board! Question though, if I was going to use coconut milk instead of cream, do I add the whole can, or just the thick cap at the top? Didn’t quite understand the directions.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 14, 2022

      Hi Melissa, You can substitute the heavy whipping cream for 1 can of full-fat unsweetened coconut milk (using the solid white cream portion only and adding it at the very end just to heat through).

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  • Linda
    May 11, 2022

    I don’t want to use the bacon fat, it hurts, my stomach . I plan on using olive oil, or peanut oil, do you thing this would make a lot of difference,I do this with all recipes that start with bacon fat. Plus I don’t like the taste of bacon in everything, I cook.
    Also would spinach work as well as kale? or maybe collards?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 11, 2022

      Hi Linda! That should be fine to use in place of bacon grease. Regarding a substitute for kale, some of my readers have reported using Escarole, spinach, and power greens.

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  • L
    May 2, 2022

    Does this freeze? I’m thinking to put in ziplock baggies if possible and lay flat in the freezer for future. Thoughts?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2022

      Hello L, I haven’t tried freezing this soup myself, but one of our readers wrote: “I freeze this soup all the time! I usually make a triple recipe so I can freeze some for later… It’s as good, or better!” I hope this helps.

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      • Linda
        May 11, 2022

        This is good to know. I will do the same after I try it, I think I will find it delicious !

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  • Ty
    April 27, 2022

    Excellent recipe but chicken stock to water ratio is way off in my opinion. First time around was too watery. Next time I did 8 cups chicken stock, and 2 cups water, and that was much more flavorful.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, maybe the measurement on your first try was different? Anyway, I’m glad you liked it after the adjustments!

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  • S.Bergmark
    April 25, 2022

    Everybody I have made this for raves about how great it is!
    I would like to drill down a bit on the nutritional info: Are the numbers per serving or the whole pot? Is a bowl 2 cups?
    Counting carbs in my Diabetes tracker & can adjust, if I get the numbers right.
    Seems like a pretty nutritious meal!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 25, 2022

      Hi S! I’m so glad this was a hit with your group! This soup will make about 11-12 cups, at 8 servings about 1 1/2 cups per serving or so. Yes, nutritional info is per serving. I hope that helps!

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  • Rose
    April 21, 2022

    I can’t wait to try this recipe out for my cooking club, it will be no doubt delicious! Thanks so much for making this because I’ve always wanted to remake olive gardens!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 21, 2022

      You’re welcome, Rose. I hope it becomes a huge hit!

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  • Miranda
    April 19, 2022

    Freaking amazing!! Thank you for sharing , we loved it so much!! We even have leftovers for a couple of days.. if it last that long 😋 thanks again!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 20, 2022

      You’re welcome, Miranda. So glad you love the recipe a lot!

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  • Lynda Danilovics
    April 19, 2022

    Made for dinner tonight. It was a winner. We will certainly make this again. Thank you for this recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2022

      You’re very welcome! So glad to hear that.

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  • Ruben
    April 10, 2022

    I made the zuppa Toscana soup it turned out wonderful thank you for the recipe I don’t do social media much but I have to say it was a great recipe
    Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this soup, Reuben!

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  • Jake
    April 9, 2022

    My favorite soup. The only changes I make are subbing broth for water and half sweet half hot sausage. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Jake!

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  • Ptomaine Mikey
    March 28, 2022

    uh, that’s a bowl of soup. not bowel. no, not bowel . please fix my prior comment. thank you.

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    • Suzan
      March 30, 2022

      Oh, Mike. That was my laugh of the day….

      I have also cut the liquids down, which works best for my variation, using chicken sausage

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  • Ptomaine Mikey
    March 28, 2022

    i have made this recipe many times and have done one minor adjustment. I use three cups of water and three cups of chicken stock. It is merely fabulous and I am presently enjoying a bowel.

    Thanks.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2022

      Wonderful! Happy you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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    • NancyPlecenik
      April 15, 2022

      thats what im using half sweet and half hot.!! and Im sure it later presents a bowel!!!!!! Lol!!!

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  • Sam
    March 28, 2022

    This isn’t even close to “Tuscan soup of any kind”. In my casa, my sister, mother and wife would be annoyed. Nothing worse than outsiders trying to cook Italian from our regions.

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    • Sandra
      April 10, 2022

      Too bad they didn’t teach you any manners. You don’t have to like it but at least make a suggestion how you would improve it. Don’t just be nasty.

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    • NancyPlecenik
      April 15, 2022

      Seriously its OLive Gardens soup.
      Thats what they call it and a lot of us love it. And copy cat it. It is a great soup nevertheless. Try it you might even like it!!!!

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      • NatashasKitchen.com
        April 15, 2022

        Thank you for the review, Nancy. I’m happy you enjoy this soup.

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    • John G
      April 15, 2022

      Sam – not helpful at all. If it’s not your thing, please feel free to quietly move along. You are rude and it’s not called for.

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    • Bob
      April 17, 2022

      It’s the name of a soup, on the menu of a popular chain restaurant. It’s a copy, of that soup in particular, not your mothers. It is a shame to hear though, that those women would never make a recipe or try to cook a meal, that didn’t come from their region.

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    • Paula
      June 19, 2022

      I don’t care what its called, it’s good! If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Just go back to your “region” where you won’t be “annoyed” by us outsiders. 🙂

      Reply

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