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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

4.97 from 266 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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  • Kelly
    November 24, 2021

    Thank you Natasha for this delicious recipe! I’ve already made it few times and my husband and I love it.
    I am going to make it for Thanksgiving dinner but totally forgot to buy heaving whipping cream (pregnancy brain😔) can I substitute with cream cheese? I don’t even have milk or half and half☹️

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    • Natasha
      November 24, 2021

      Hi Kelly, I haven’t tried that but I did come across a recipe online that used cream cheese and they stirred in 8 oz of cream cheese (probably best to cut it into chunks for easier dissolving), adding it to the liquid after potatoes are nearly done then simmering for 5 minutes to dissolve the cream cheese before adding kale. I’d be curious to know how it turns out with cream cheese! Happy Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  • Kelly Josh
    November 23, 2021

    Love this fast easy spot on recipe! My teens and hubby absolutely love it and yes, it’s a staple in our home for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      You’re so welcome, Kelly. Thanks for your good comments and feedback, we appreciate the review!

      Reply

  • TG
    November 23, 2021

    Delicious. Instead of cream I added coconut milk. Husband was asking about leftovers for the next day! Great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      Hello TG. Yes, coconut milk is a great substitute and I’m glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Kaire
    November 23, 2021

    This is my meat and potato loving family’s favourite… yummy and hearty. I don’t thick I measure everything exactly, but it turns out perfect every single time. Thank you!!+

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2021

      That is the best when the family loves what we parents make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Nancy Copland
    November 23, 2021

    Just made this again with fresh kale form the garden and New York brand Hot Italian Sausage. It is delicious. Thank you for this super recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2021

      Fresh ingredients are always the best! Thanks for your review, Nancy.

      Reply

  • Pastor Howard
    November 21, 2021

    Wow my wife and I like it a lot.
    I had turkey kielbasa and spinach. It was delicious.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2021

      Thanks for sharing, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Emily
    November 18, 2021

    I’m pregnant and crave this from Olive Garden….. it’s perfect! It’s identical and easy to make! So glad I decided to be brave and try it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 19, 2021

      Congratulations Emily! I’m so happy to hear you’re loving and craving this recipe!

      Reply

  • Julia
    November 16, 2021

    I skipped water, but next time will do a half of water and a half of broth, added 2 tbsp of flour as Paul suggested (thanks, Paul!) and substituted kale with spinach. Yummy! Thanks, Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Julia!

      Reply

  • Paul Kuykendall
    November 14, 2021

    Finishing last bowl of my version of this as I type. As above with these variations. I use a 19oz package of Johnsonville Italian Hot sausage, peeled, cut in half & slice into 1/2″ chunks. browned & drained. I use only chicken broth as needed, no water. I like to add 2-3 mushrooms diced & 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. When done, 2 tablespoons of flour mixed with 1 cup heavy cream until smooth & a double handful of chopped Kale. Cook additional 30 minutes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 14, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Paul.

      Reply

  • Mike Ross
    November 10, 2021

    With the right amount of salt, it’s almost identical to OG’s zuppa, and I used to serve there. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2021

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

      Reply

  • Mary
    November 9, 2021

    I made this last night. I agree with another comment made…too watery! My son loved it but I expected it to be creamier. Next time I make it I won’t be adding so much water.

    Reply

  • gina
    November 5, 2021

    Hi, used this recipe and it came out great! I was wondering has anyone frozen and reheated it successfully?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      Hi Gina! 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.

      Reply

  • Christina B
    November 5, 2021

    I’ve made this soup many times before. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be making this version again. I think too much water made it lack flavor. I dont mind adding a bit of salt at the end to taste but I had to add much more than I’m used to for this to not be bland.

    Reply

    • Ashley
      November 9, 2021

      I agree. I just made this tonight and feel it has little flavor. After looking around I see it has way more liquid than other recipes. My husband really loves this soup and I think he is going to be disappointed when he tries it. :-/
      It’s so discouraging when you spend time on cooking something and it doesn’t turn out as expected.

      Reply

  • Rachel
    November 4, 2021

    So delicious. But holy garlic, I did 4 cloves and thought it was perfect

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved it, Rachel!

      Reply

  • Rana
    November 2, 2021

    So, so delicious!
    I added 2 cans of drained and rinsed white beans.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Angie
    November 2, 2021

    Just made this tonight and it was amazing. My 10 year old loved it. I used sweet italian pork sausage (mild) and added extra italian seasoning. Instead of chopping the garlic, I bought the kind in a jar thats already minced- saves so much time and work, and sauteed in a little butter. Everything was done in about an hour in the instant pot. It was so good! We are expecting some cooler weather so I can’t wait to make it again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Angie! That is the best when kids love what we moms make.

      Reply

  • C. Le
    November 2, 2021

    I have made this soup many times over the last several years and it is a family favorite. It is even better than the OG recipe! So hearty and flavorful! Thankyou for sharing this copycat recipe! We use the spicy sausage and it is not that spicy at all (more of a kick), but then again, we’re Asian, so we’re used to eating with heat. To save time, I used a garlic press for the garlic and a chopper for the onions. When I sauté the onions, I let it sit for a little until it gets slightly burnt and caramelized which adds a very flavorful twist. It is a very easy recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

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

      Reply

  • J San
    October 31, 2021

    Delicious recipe. However, I think the prep time would take most people much longer than 10 minutes. It look me around two hours. (Cooking the bacon about 20 min, the sausage 10 min, peeling garlic 5 min, etc.).

    Also, it cost me about $21 to make. Could be my location

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 1, 2021

      Thanks for the feedback. The prep time I think will vary but this is how I normally do the prepping of ingredients since I always do it. But for others, it will take longer at first. The total cost will also vary depending on the location and the times, you’re right about that.

      Reply

  • Rolens
    October 28, 2021

    Can you give instruction for making Zuppa Tuscana in a crock pot, or does that ruin the consistency of the delicate ingredients?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2021

      Hi Rolens, one of my readers shared the following great review on making this in a crockpot/ slow cooker: “We make it in a crockpot. 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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      • Marie
        November 7, 2021

        I too tried the crock pot version yet didn’t need the 6 cups of water. I just covered the ingredients with chicken stock. It’s almost ready. I’ll let you know

        Reply

  • Linda
    October 21, 2021

    Made this for dinner last night and it was so delicious! I used half mild sausage and half hot sausage because there are family members who can’t eat very spicy foods. But I can tell that using all spicy sausage really kicks this soup up a notch! I’m thinking next time I make this I’ll make it just for myself using all spicy sausage! Yum!! Thanks again for another great recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      I’m so glad the family loved it, Linda! I love the idea of using mild/ hot based on those taste buds!

      Reply

  • Logan
    October 20, 2021

    AMAZING COPYCAT!!! Even BETTER than the Olive Garden recipe — which is hard to beat as I’ve been a fan of Zuppa Toscana from OG for many years! I did use a less-spicy sausage (mild) for mine to reduce the potential for acid reflux…but still great!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      Thanks for your great feedback, we appreciate it!

      Reply

      • Sarah
        October 22, 2021

        I loved it, I threw the bacon in instead of as a garnish and used 1/2 and 1/2 because that’s what I had. It was delicious. Thank you!

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  • CK
    October 17, 2021

    Really delicious. Agree that prep time is longer than 10min, but it’s worth it and still a very straightforward recipe. I used pancetta and spinach (instead of bacon and kale). Thinking next time I might add some beans and maybe carrots, or even a chopped tomato at the end for more nutrition. Thanks for a really wonderful recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Thanks for your great feedback! Please share with us how it goes if you try that next time.

      Reply

  • Danielle
    October 13, 2021

    I was looking at buying a gallon of this soup from OG, but I didn’t want to pay that much for soup, so I looked up copycat recipes and came across yours. Prep time for me was a lot longer than 10 minutes and my kitchen is a mess, but the soup is awesome! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2021

      Hi Danielle, glad you loved it! It is always worth the effort to make these homemade recipes. Thanks for your review!

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      • Marilyn
        October 17, 2021

        It does take some tome chopping up everything, but definitely worth it!

        Reply

  • Kara
    October 13, 2021

    If you were to make this in a crockpot, would you put it on low and if yes for how long?

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    • Natasha
      October 13, 2021

      HI Kara, 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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  • Laurie
    October 12, 2021

    Totally love this soup recipe!
    However- prep time is a fair bit more than 10 minutes! Easily 30 minutes. My crew was patient – so thankful for that – as I got started later than expected.

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  • Linda Nelson
    October 9, 2021

    I would like to know if it’s possible to make a vegetarian version of this soup?

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    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      HI Linda, I honestly haven’t tried that but it would probably be lacking in flavor since the spicy sausage makes up so much of the taste in the soup, especially sincere there is not a long list of ingredients here. You might google search to see if anyone has come up with a clever substitution.

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      • Phyllis
        October 25, 2021

        I’ve made this other times but never seem to save the recipe. Yours was very good and quite straightforward. I agree with those that say it takes longer to prep, esp if you count a trip to the store and thawing the meat. Anyway, it looks great and can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 25, 2021

          Thank you for your good comments and feedback. I hope you love all the recipes that you will try from my videos and website!

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    • Jessica Ramirez
      November 5, 2021

      I used Beyond Sausage hot Italian vegetarian sausages and it was delish! Just left out the bacon and used some butter to brown the veggies in.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 5, 2021

        Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

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  • Sarah
    October 6, 2021

    This was soooo good. I used chicken bone broth, mild Italian sausage, and spinach (I didn’t have kale on hand, but I will try that next time) and it was pretty awesome. It is going into my dinner rotation for sure. I love Natasha’s recipes. They are my go-to when I want to make something. I haven’t been let down yet with anything I have tried making. Plus, she is so fun to watch too. 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 6, 2021

      That is so heartwarming, Sarah. I’m happy that you have been enjoying the recipes that you have tried from my website and videos. I hope you love them all!

      Reply

  • Gini J
    October 2, 2021

    Natasha,

    I have been making this soup since my daughter made a huge pot of it for one of our big family dinners. It is a now family favorite, even the grandkids love it! Other recipes I have seen for this don’t use the whole garlic bulb but after trying it with less garlic I admit that there is something missing in the overall flavor of the soup.

    Reply

  • Steve
    October 1, 2021

    I couldn’t find whipping cream for the zuppa toscana soup, I only found heavy whipping cream. is that ok?

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  • Steve
    October 1, 2021

    Can you make this in a crockpot? Also do you have to use the bacon? Does it make it better?

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    • Natasha
      October 1, 2021

      HI Steve, the bacon definitely adds flavor, but you can skip it and I have skipped it before when I didn’t have it on hand.

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      • Steve
        October 1, 2021

        Can this be made in a crockpot to let it simmer and cook through the day?

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        • Natasha
          October 2, 2021

          Hi Steve, I think you could make that work but my concern is that the kale would be overcooked.

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          • Crystal
            October 3, 2021

            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. 🙂

          • Natasha
            October 3, 2021

            Oh that’s awesome to know! Thank you so much for sharing that it works great in a crockpot / slow cooker

  • Iris
    September 11, 2021

    Was looking at carbs for soups, but I could not see where the serving size was located?

    Txs

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    • Natasha
      September 11, 2021

      Hi Iris, the number of servings is listed at the top of the print-friendly recipe card and the nutrition label is per serving. This recipe serves 8.

      Reply

  • Dustin
    September 8, 2021

    AMAZING!!! It is simply better in my opinion than the Olive Garden Zuppa!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 9, 2021

      Thanks for your awesome feedback!

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      • Steve
        October 1, 2021

        Can you make this in a crockpot?

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        • Natasha
          October 1, 2021

          Hi Steve, I haven’t tried that but I think it would be do-able to sautee first and then add to a slow cooker, although this cooks pretty quickly, I’m not sure a slow cooker is really necessary.

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          • Steve
            October 2, 2021

            Hi Natasha

            I was thinking it might be easier, I’m in a wheelchair and being able to just throw everything in and let it cook and then be able to eat it later would be nice. But I will try this way. Can I let it simmer until ready to eat?

          • Natasha
            October 2, 2021

            Hi Steve, yes that should be fine but it’s probably best to add the kale in the last 30 minutes of simmering.

  • Oxana
    September 6, 2021

    Such a great recipe! I made it many times and it’s always a hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2021

      That’s so great! Thank you for your lovely review, Oxana!

      Reply

  • Erica
    August 26, 2021

    I’ve made this recipe several times and it is pure gold. So delicious, the whole family will eat it (it helps that my kids like bacon, sausage, cream etc.) It’s an awesome soup to have as a meal. So hearty and hits all the food groups. I’ve never even been to Olive Garden but I can’t imagine their version tasting nearly this good.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Helene Hebert
    August 23, 2021

    Hello Natashe, can the kale be replace by something else, spinach maybe?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2021

      Hi Helene! It’s originally made with kale, and that’s how we like it best, but test, it will work great with spinach! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Meldy
    August 14, 2021

    Just to clarify… bacon is for garnish only, not to be added into soup later with the Italian sausage?

    Also, can I substitute half and half?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      Hi Meldy, that’s right we add it as a garnish. If added to the soup earlier it will get soggy. Half and Half may work, you can also use half whipping cream and half whole milk.

      Reply

  • Sage
    July 31, 2021

    Should relay have clear instructions in terms of the bacon being a garnish. In terms of separating it for later.

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    • Natasha
      August 1, 2021

      Thanks for pointing that out. I change the wording slightly to further clarify.

      Reply

  • Lana Lyashenko
    July 6, 2021

    Yum! Zuppa Toscana soup was delicious. I followed step by step and it turned out pretty good. Thank you so much Natasha for sharing the recipe! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2021

      You’re welcome, Lana! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Alex
    July 6, 2021

    Delicious! I’ve actually never had this soup at OG but it came up when searching for soups to make, so I cant vouch for the authenticity. We prefer a veggie heavy soup so I always add carrot, celery, and squash.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Alex!

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  • Lila S Vandermay
    July 2, 2021

    Hi Natasha.. I normally dont leave a review.. but this recipe i had too…It was Absolutely the best zuppa tuscana Recipe, even better than Olive Garden…Thank You so much…this is a keeper!!!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Lila!

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  • Linda Stradley
    June 29, 2021

    Hi! I made this soup yesterday because I LOVE the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana and you nailed it!

    I’m going to look through your recipe folder to see what other marvelous selections you can gift me with!

    There’s just my husband and myself at home, but it’s such a large pot of soup I am going to share it with my BIL and SIL that live next door to us.

    They’ll be home from their short holiday tomorrow and with all the unpacking and organizing, I know they’ll appreciate dinner being provided.

    Now, all I need to do is make a nice Caesar salad and a batch of breadsticks and we can pretend we’re at Olive Garden! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 29, 2021

      That’s perfect! I am so glad that you enjoyed this recipe. I hope you and your family will love every recipe that you will try.

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  • Victoria
    June 17, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I absolutely loved the soup I think it was an amazing recipe and it wasn’t that hard for my first time making it! Thank you!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 17, 2021

      Hello Victoria, so nice to see your review. I’m glad you enjoyed making this recipe, thank you for sharing your experience with us!

      Reply

  • Pamela
    June 6, 2021

    Can you substitute half and half ? Don’t have whipping cream

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 6, 2021

      Hi Pamela, you can use half whipping cream and half whole milk.

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  • Ena
    June 6, 2021

    Hi Natasha
    I made this soup for dinner and I was amazed of how good it was. Also it was easy to follow your video with the instructions, you always make it very easy. I wasn’t a good cook before but now with your recipes I’m always making something different and my family thinks I’m a professional chef lol.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 6, 2021

      Hi Ena, that’s great feedback. Thank you for your wonderful review, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipes that you’ve tried!

      Reply

  • Mireille Guilbault
    May 31, 2021

    Could we freeze most of the soup, since we are only two
    Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2021

      Hi Mireille, I hope you love this recipe! 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.

      Reply

  • Kelly
    May 27, 2021

    I never make soup for some reason…but I made this last night, and it was amazing!! My wife & I loved it & couldn’t get enough of it! Now I know what to get when we go to Olive Garden lol.

    What are your tips for storing leftovers? Do you freeze it in batches? Or just try to eat it with the next few days?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! 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.

      Reply

  • Judy
    May 23, 2021

    Made this today using fresh spinach instead of Kale, added one TBS of Italian spice and this turned out fabulously wonderful and so so yummy! Thank you so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2021

      Hello Judy, thank you for your wonderful review! I’m glad you loved it and thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Becky
    May 23, 2021

    I am not a cook and do not like cooking. For me, Recipes have to be very easy to follow, not have a lot of steps or take a lot of time or use crazy expensive ingredients. This checks all the boxes for me and tastes great! A pot lasts several meals for my husband and I, so I don’t have to cook again for awhile😀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2021

      Hello Becky, thank you for your great comments and feedback. I’m happy to know that you’ve been loving my recipes!

      Reply

  • Rikochee
    May 13, 2021

    Natasha, I made this Zuppa Toscana soup tonight for my wife and I. I must say I clearly understand why this is Olive Garden’s #1 selling soup. It is absolutely wonderful. I added 2 tablespoons of chicken base and 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the soup also. Best soup we’ve had in years!! Thanks for the recipe!! 😘

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2021

      It’s our favorite copy-cat recipe, Rikochee! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Glenn
    May 6, 2021

    Just made it for about the 5th time. Wife loves that it’s always good and consistent. It’s nice to have some things I can make to help out with the cooking. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2021

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

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  • Elaine
    April 26, 2021

    I made this soup today and wow what a hit ! It’s simple to make and ready in a flash. I’ll keep this recipe handy for sure ! Thanks Natasha.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Elaine. I\Thanks for sharing your great feedback with us, I appreciate it!

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      • GLORIA SCHADT
        May 3, 2021

        Hi Natasha.. Can i use escarole in this soup instead of Kale. No one in my family likes Kate..?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          May 3, 2021

          Hi Gloria, I haven’t experimented with that to advise. If you try it out, I’d like to know how you like that.

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  • Shirley Ostby
    April 19, 2021

    Love this recipe Natasha… but most of your recipes are great. I find I am printing on most days to make for dinner… thank you! Shirley

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2021

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes, Shirley! Thank you for that wonderful feedback.

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  • A.Max
    April 18, 2021

    Literally spot on! My personal preference is without the bacon topper, but very delicious either way. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Awesome, thank you for sharing your personal preference with us!

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  • Jim
    April 17, 2021

    This is absolutely my favorite copycat recipe and is,, in my opinion, the best version of it (besides mine of course) 🙂 I mean….I think we all tend to jazz up recipes with our own loved ingredients. More of this, less of that… But here’s the thang: as long as you sorta stick to the “skeleton” of a given recipe it’s tough to fail, given you have the common sense to not put a dump truck load of a spice into it. I was stationed at the USAF Academy for four years and my gf’s mother was coming to visit. I called my dad for his Justin Wilson inspired Jambalaya. He spelled out the entire thing on the phone and instead of “…a half cup of onions, and salt & pepper to taste,” I wrote: “….a half cup of onions and salt, pepper to taste.” I think it was this error that caused the great Colorado drinking-water famine of 1991. Too much salt. I had to put everything in a strainer and rinse it all off, essentially start over. Anyway….yes, good stuff!

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    • Natasha
      April 18, 2021

      Hi Jim, thank you for writing in and sharing that story. Half a cup of salt! I can’t even imagine! I’d love to now what you do differently with yours Zuppa!

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  • Laura
    March 31, 2021

    I made this with mild Italian sausage and gold potatoes. It needed a fair amount of salt at the end, and I added a splash of lemon juice as well to brighten the flavors.

    Overall this was a big hit, and a great way to get kale into my family. The bacon really makes it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 31, 2021

      That is the best when the family loves what we moms make. That’s so great!

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  • Doris E Fleitz
    March 31, 2021

    I am interested in buying yhe candy thermometer. zester and the grater you used in msking the egg rolls. I appreviate any info.

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  • Erika
    March 29, 2021

    So good! My husband made this and tasted better than Oliver garden!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      Wow, thanks for the compliment and great review, Erika!

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    • Alexa
      March 31, 2021

      100% agree

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  • Becky
    March 27, 2021

    A family fave. Cannot eat kale so I use chopped fresh spinach. Paired with slices of crusty toasted garlic bread this is always a winner!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 27, 2021

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

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  • Mh
    March 25, 2021

    I will make this again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Rinata Toker
    March 23, 2021

    Made this and it was DELICIOUS! I couldn’t believe how good it was. Definitely will be making it again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2021

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

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  • D. Johnson
    March 15, 2021

    Наташа. We tried this soup two nights ago, and as usual, it was great. Olive Garden doesn’t have a thing on you. Just wondering, how would orzo instead of potatoes work?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. I haven’t tried this recipe with orzo to advise, but I imagine it may work. If you experiment, please let me know how you like that.

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  • Lisa
    March 14, 2021

    Hey Natasha, I LOVE ALL YOUR RECIPES. I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN. THANK YOUR FOR MAKING WATCHING YOUR COOKING FUN AND EASY. YOU’RE THE BEST. I WISH I HAD A KITCHEN LIKE YOU. DREAMING. LISA

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2021

      Hi Lisa, thank you so much for your good comments and feedback. We appreciate it!

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  • Sandra McNaughton
    March 11, 2021

    I’m in process of making this soup. Can I just put bacon in the soup or do you only use it as a garnish?? I have it all browned.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 11, 2021

      You can use it as a garnish and put it in the soup too.

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  • Debi
    March 8, 2021

    I have tried many of your recipes and all have been delicious. Thank you for sharing them.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 8, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Debi. I’m happy to read your comments, thank you for your positive review!

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  • Lam
    March 8, 2021

    If you want to make this amazing – add a TB or two of fish sauce. YES. FISH SAUCE. It gives it a massive umami bomb that makes it to die for. You won’t smell the fish I promise.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      Thanks for your suggestion, Lam.

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  • Anya
    March 7, 2021

    Loved this recipe! My family doesn’t eat red meat, so I used a combination of spicy and mild chicken sausage along with turkey bacon. Thanks for another keeper, Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 7, 2021

      That’s a good idea too! Thanks for sharing that with us, Anya.

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  • SJ
    March 2, 2021

    Absolutely delicious soup enjoyed by all the family.
    Thanks, Natasha for your wonderful recipes & videos that make cooking so easy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 3, 2021

      It’s my pleasure, I’m glad your family enjoyed this awesome soup!

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    • Leo Medina
      March 27, 2021

      Hi Natasha, I started doing a lot of the cooking for my family when the pandemic hit. I have enjoyed following your videos and trying many of your recipes. This is the second time I have made your Tuscany soup. I followed it exactly to your recipe and it is delicious! My wife feels that it tastes better than Olive Garden, and that says a lot since we both love their soup. I am becoming a loyal fan of yours. Thank you for sharing! Leo

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        March 27, 2021

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

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  • Beth F
    February 28, 2021

    Could this be frozen?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      Hi Beth, I saw someone else in the comments section shared this feedback “Yes, I have frozen this many times! The texture changes a bit but it’s still delicious.” I hope that helps.

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  • Beth
    February 27, 2021

    Could this soup be frozen? I

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2021

      Hi Beth! 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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  • Jennifer Howell
    February 23, 2021

    Made with half potato and half cauliflower that we needed to use up as well as coconut milk. Reduced liquid overall, and more chicken broth than milk. Very tasty!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your great review with me.

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  • Laura
    February 23, 2021

    When co vid started, I started making one of your recipes every week. From bread to soup to carrot they are a hit in my house. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. My new years resolution is to make everything on your page for my family. It makes for a fun week.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Aww! That’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Laura!

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  • Paula
    February 22, 2021

    Yum!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Callie
    February 21, 2021

    Great recipe! Delicious! Although I feel like it could use some other spices. Any suggestions?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2021

      Thank you! Feel free to experiment and add more seasoning/spices to taste. Others added Italian seasoning and dried basil.

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  • Ching Ng
    February 20, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I have try some of our recipes and they are great! I love Chicken Pot Pie Soup.

    On this Zuppa Toscana, can I make it in slower cooker?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Ching. I think that could work, one of our readers wrote ” I usually make Zuppa in a slow cooker and it tastes great! I just saute the garlic and onions and sausage on the stove first and then put all the ingredients (except the heavy cream) into the slow cooker for several hours and then add the cream in right at the end!” I hope that helps.

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  • SaraAnne
    February 19, 2021

    We thought this was too simple to be so delicious, but it’s just that… simple AND delicious!! Need a little extra heat? Add those chili pepper flakes. This will stay on our soup menu from here on out and will be on our list of meals to take to others.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2021

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful review with us, Sara!

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  • Super
    February 19, 2021

    Oh! my Gosh!!
    You knocked it out of the park.

    !! I bet my soup is better than yours !! – hahahahaha – Your recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback! It’s one of our favorites!

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  • SaraAnne
    February 15, 2021

    This soup is amazing!!
    It’s easy with a minimal ingredient list yet BIG with flavor! It’s a great one pot meal; I used my instant pot. Once I added the liquids I also added the potatoes and set it on “porridge” mode which is 20 minutes high pressure. We served it with Turkey bacon (don’t judge) and shredded Parmesan and optional red pepper flakes. It had great reviews from ages 4-50! Can’t wait to make it again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2021

      Hello SaraAnne, what a great review! Thank you so much for your good comments and feedback.

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  • Susan
    February 15, 2021

    Would this soup be pointless without the meat? We’re vegetarian. This sounds awesome, but it is worth making if I added mushrooms or other vegetables to it?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      Hi Susan, I haven’t tried a substitution for the meat in this recipe. The meat adds a lot of flavor, but after quick research online, there are a few substitutions people have tried, like mushrooms. If you happen to try that, I would like to know how you experiment.

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    • SaraAnne
      February 15, 2021

      In my opinion the meat made the dish as far as flavor is concerned. BUT if you use mushrooms ground/chopped up and sautéed just add all the typical sausage spices and olive oil. Cook it long enough to shows the spices to do their flavor thing and add plenty of fat with EVOO. I think this could still be a great dish!

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    • Deb
      March 9, 2021

      I’m vegetarian, too. There are some wonderful plant-based sausages out there. I have used a couple different brands and both worked wonderfully in soups and in breakfast hash, or in hearty pasta dishes. Check with your grocer.

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  • Sandi
    February 15, 2021

    The flavor is very good but it’s a bit on the watery side for me. I use all chicken broth and about two cups less of the broth than the total amount of broth and water called for in the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      Hi Sandi, did you use the Better than Boullion broth?

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      • Sandy
        March 4, 2021

        Is this the broth you recommend?

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  • Gene
    February 15, 2021

    I love your recipes!
    your videos are actually fun to watch

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

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  • Cathleen
    February 14, 2021

    OMG! This was super delicious!!! I have made a lot of your recipes and they are always so great! Don’t know how you do it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2021

      Wonderful to see your feedback, Cathleen. Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

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  • Regina mcgee
    February 12, 2021

    Hi Natasha love your recipes.. on the zuppa tuscana recipe if we sub cauliflower foe potatoes do you have the nutritional info? Thank u so much

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      Hi Regina, I recommend using a nutritional analyzer to calculate the calories. I haven’t tried this with cauliflower.

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  • Jeanne Fraley
    February 12, 2021

    With 7 in our family, it hard to find a meal that everyone enjoys, including the picky 6 year old. We all give this version two thumbs up! It was so simple to make yet fill of flavor! Perfect on this rare frigid Texas winter evening! We will be doing this recipe many more times!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      That is the best when the family loves what we parents make. That’s so great!

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    • Omar
      February 13, 2021

      Frigid…Texas?

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      • Desiree
        February 20, 2021

        Yes 10 days of freezing temperatures

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      • E Danielle Aleman
        March 8, 2021

        Yes, rare frigid

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  • RT
    February 11, 2021

    How many servings does this recipe make in relation to the nutritional facts you have listed?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 11, 2021

      Hi RT, This soup will make about 11-12 cups, at 8 servings about 1 1/2 cups per serving or so. I hope that helps!

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