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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

4.95 from 96 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 kcal
Servings: 8 bowls

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven (5.5 qt), over medium-high heat, add chopped bacon and sauté until browned (5-7 mins). Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and spoon out excess oil, leaving about 1 Tbsp oil in the pot.
  2. Add Italian sausage, breaking it up with your spatula and sauté until cooked through (5 min). Remove to paper towel lined plate.
  3. Finely dice onion and add to the pot. Saute 5 min or until soft and golden then add minced garlic and saute 1 min.
  4. Add 4 cups broth and 6 cups water, and bring to boil. Add sliced potatoes and cook 13-14 min or until easily pierced with a fork.
  5. When potatoes nearly done, add chopped kale and cooked sausage and bring everything to a light boil.
  6. Stir in 1 cup cream and bring to boil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper then remove from heat. Garnish with bacon and grated parmesan.
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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  • Yvonne Marrujo
    December 1, 2020

    Can I substitute the Italian sausage for any other ground meat

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 1, 2020

      Hello Yvonne, I imagine that should be alright too

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  • Sarah
    November 25, 2020

    I made this But I used some butter when the garlic and onion sautee along with a quarter of red pepper. Also, I slice russet potatoes instead of bite-size cut them, leaving the skin on..its delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2020

      Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing that with us, Sarah. Glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Diana
    November 11, 2020

    Delicious! The recipe says it makes 8 bowls and to me, that meant about half of my soup pot. so…. I doubled it for my crew. Don’t do that! I ended up having to pour half of it into another pot and cooking two separate pots! haha. It’s okay, it was my mistake. I think a single version would make one pot, maybe a little bit less than full. I made the soup with regular sausage, not HOT version b/c we are babies when it comes to spicy things. The only thing is, I wish there were measurements for the salt and pepper. I couldn’t figure out how much to add without over salting or undersalting. Kept having to go back and add more.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      Thanks for sharing your experience making this recipe, Diana. I didn’t add the measurements for the seasoning because it really depends on your preference. It’s better to undersalt first, taste it, and then add more if you like. Thanks for trying out this recipe!

      Reply

  • Fred
    November 11, 2020

    I have tried other copycat versions that are posted on the web, but so far, yours is a five stars rating. Thank you for sharing. Now I’m going to make your egg roll.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      That is awesome yay! Thank you so much for your great review, Fred.

      Reply

  • Víctor Bervoets
    November 9, 2020

    PIZCA ANDINA
    Hi Natasha, Venezuelan farmers, who live in the high mountains of Mérida State quite cold) and have just a few chickens, a cow and a small piece of land, usually have a very simple,modest and unsophisticated but delicious soup called “pizca andina” for breakfast, very easy and cheap to make. Cut a big potato (o a little more) in small but bite square pieces, cut 2 or 3 green onions (white and green leaves included), cut a good amount of cilantro stems in 1 inch size and sauté in two soup spoons of butter until soft but not brown. In the same cooking pot pour 1 quarter of whole milk, add two tea spoons of salt or up to your best taste and go to a very moderate boiling and keep it so until potatoes are soft. When ready, add small dices of white cheese (salty preferably) and give it a few minutes to melt a bit. That is the original and traditional
    recipe. Serve. I added my personal touch by adding some crispy bacon but I do´nt reveal it to any one cause my fellow cooks are VERY traditional and I would risk a probable and radical excommunication jejeje. Hope you try and enjoy it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 10, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us, I hope I can try that recipe!

      Reply

  • Nancy Jones
    November 9, 2020

    After discovering your videos, I find that you have some of the very best recipes, including the recipes on tv…. so simple, so good. On the top on my estimation.. a sweet way of displaying it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment!

      Reply

  • Nikolai
    November 8, 2020

    Made this soup quite a few times now and I am still impressed how delicious and easy it is to make.
    Borscht with meat takes so much longer to make and I equally put them on a same rating scale.
    Natasha great work again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback Nikolai! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Linda
    November 3, 2020

    I made this today. Delicious. I used sweet mild sausage. However, the liquid was too much compared to the ingredients. Added extra potatoes, sausage, and cream. When I make it again, I will not use so much water.

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    • Natasha
      November 3, 2020

      Hi Linda, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you can definitely add more bulk if you love a heartier soup.

      Reply

  • Cheryl
    October 30, 2020

    OMG just made this! Followed recipe exactly! You’ll think your at Olive Garden! This is awsome! 5 stars. Now to resist eating the whole pot in one sitting!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 30, 2020

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

      Reply

  • Jessica
    October 26, 2020

    This was great! We substituted ground chicken and used italian seasoning instead of the Italian sausage. Just not a fan of sausage. It tasted great with the ground chicken!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2020

      Sounds great! Thank you for sharing that with us, Jessica. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • sandy gibbons
    October 26, 2020

    Wonderful on chilly Fall days!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2020

      Definitely so perfect!

      Reply

  • Danny
    October 26, 2020

    I have not made this but I’m Italian and I have seen numerous recipes that call for adding water to a soup. I would NEVER add water to soup. Water? No flavor!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2020

      Feel free to omit the water from the recipe, we liked it with more soup so we added water.

      Reply

  • Dee
    October 20, 2020

    is this soup good for freezing?

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    • Natasha
      October 20, 2020

      HI Dee, I honestly haven’t tried freezing it. I’m not sure how the kale would hold up.

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      • Rene
        November 8, 2020

        Kale freezes fine. I’ve used it in other recipes with no problem.

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    • Allyson
      October 28, 2020

      Yes, I have frozen this many times! The texture changes a bit but it’s still delicious.

      Reply

      • Natasha
        October 28, 2020

        Thank you so much for sharing that! It’s wonderful to know it freezes well.

        Reply

  • Patricia
    October 19, 2020

    This is the second time I made this for my family. My son put in a special request for me to make it again. Love this recipe! I was unsure if my teens would eat kale and substituted it with spinach. Delicious! Thanks for the great soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 19, 2020

      That is so great, Patricia. I’m glad you and your kids enjoyed this soup!

      Reply

  • Ashley M
    October 19, 2020

    Amazing each and every time. One of our family’s favorites.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2020

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

      Reply

  • Tammy Spence
    October 18, 2020

    To the t!!!! Best recipe ever

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Love it! Thank you, Tammy.

      Reply

  • Terry
    October 17, 2020

    This is an absolutely phenomenal tasting soup! I’ve made it several times over the past couple years and follow the recipe to the T. I love cooking this for my wife especially on a cold winter day, because she too thinks it’s an incredible soup!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      I’m so glad that you both enjoyed this soup, Terry. I agree – this is really so delicious and one of our favorites at home too!

      Reply

  • Alexandra Ohly
    October 16, 2020

    Love this recipe! Thank you so much for what you do!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 16, 2020

      Hello Alexandra, thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • April
    October 15, 2020

    I made this tonight for the first time. I am not a good cook, nor do I enjoy cooking. However, I love this soup at Olive Garden so I tried to make it. It was perfect!! My husband raved about how good it was.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 16, 2020

      Hello April, you can now make your favorite recipe from Olive Garden anytime at home! I’m glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Jennifer Morton
    October 14, 2020

    All I had was sweet Italian sausage But husband doesn’t like spicy. So wld u suggest I add some paprika to it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2020

      You can try that, Jennifer. I think that will work well too. Please share with us how it goes if you do try it.

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    October 13, 2020

    I don’t like sausage can u use any other meat or just omit it?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 13, 2020

      Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tested a substitution, but trying plain ground meat like ground turkey or chicken will make the overall soup taste more like a meatball soup than Zuppa since you would be lacking the spiciness. I would suggest adding some spice since the sausage is a spicy sausage.

      Reply

  • Clara
    October 8, 2020

    I tried a different recipe, but I use this Only now and have been making it for the last few years. It’s my go-to soup (other than borscht) About a year ago, my husband and I started dating & this was the first meal I made for him. So not to give you credit Natasha, but it might have sealed the deal it’s our favorite!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 8, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Deborah Fites
    October 7, 2020

    I love your step by step videos! I’ve made zuppa before but will now ONLY use YOUR recipe! It was the BEST. I think in the past I have skipped the bacon but it sure adds flavor! I love the one pot recipes like this. Thank you for the recipe and the video!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles!

      Reply

  • Miki
    October 6, 2020

    Are the serving sizes for adults? I need to feed 6 adults this and 3 of them are heavy eater men. I’m making bread as a side but what are your thoughts? Would the original recipe for 8 feed everyone dinner?

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    • Miki
      October 6, 2020

      I’m thinking of just adding a 2-3 more potatoes, whole thing of bacon, and 1-2 more cups of water?

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      • Natasha
        October 6, 2020

        You could but it would just be more hearty if you didn’t add more liquid so it’s up to you, but if you do, make sure to adjust seasoning accordingly since just adding water can make it bland. Broth would be a better choice.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 7, 2020

      Hello Miki, Yes, the serving size is for adults. If they are heavy eaters you can add more, just click on the number of sercings to adjust the ingredients.

      Reply

  • dorothy brady
    October 2, 2020

    sooooo good! first time trying this soup, sorry I waited so long! I used hot turkey sausage and used reg and turkey bacon, turkey for me..will be making this again and again and……

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 2, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Ann
    September 29, 2020

    This is honestly better than Olive Garden’s Zuppa! My husband and I devoured this in a few days and have shared your reciped with family. This will be a go-to especially throught the winter. This is the first comment I’ve ever written on a recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 29, 2020

      Wow! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Jenny
    September 23, 2020

    Can it cook in the crockpot for a few hours?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2020

      Hi Jenny, I have not tested that but here is what 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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      • Jenny
        September 26, 2020

        Awesome thank you! That’s exactly what I was thinking. Making this today.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 26, 2020

          I hope you love it Jenny!

          Reply

  • Jen D
    September 20, 2020

    This was soooooo good! Thank you Natasha for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2020

      You are most welcome, Jen!

      Reply

  • Renee G
    September 19, 2020

    I used to go to Olive Garden just for this soup. I made this soup for my family and it is delicious!! Now, I will be making it at home. It takes even better the next day. Yum.

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    • Renee G
      September 19, 2020

      I meant “tastes”

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2020

      It is one of our favorite soups! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Curt
    September 12, 2020

    What can you use instead of kale? That’s nasty. I used to feed that to my bearded dragons.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Curt, you’re welcome to substitute that with spinach for kale.

      Reply

  • Natali
    September 11, 2020

    My mom and I enjoy this recipe SO much!! We go to Olive Garden all the time, so it’s nice to make it at home without going anywhere. Thank you so much!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying this recipe!

      Reply

  • Kate Flanagan
    August 31, 2020

    How do you think this would freeze?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2020

      Hi Kate, I haven’t tried freezing it but one of my readers froze it and shared the following helpful info: “I froze the remaining soup in individual servings using freezer bags and this soup is just as delicious the second time around!”

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    • Pamela
      October 13, 2020

      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!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    August 31, 2020

    My husband thinks that he does not like Kale, is there a substitute?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 31, 2020

      How about spinach? I think that’s a good one.

      Reply

  • Nikki Johnson
    August 30, 2020

    If I sub cauliflower instead of potatoes should I reduce the water??

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2020

      Hi Nikki, I haven’t tested that so I cannot advise, but here is what one of our readers wrote ” Natasha, this soup is perfect for my ketogenic diet. I just substituted potatoes for cauliflower and yum!” I hope that helps.

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      • Barbara
        September 2, 2020

        Daikon is another Low carb substitute for the potatoes…

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 2, 2020

          Great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me!

          Reply

  • Naomi
    August 20, 2020

    Absolutely amazing!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Naomi!

      Reply

  • Katherine
    August 18, 2020

    Hello if I’m using preminced garlic in a jar how much would I use also I’ve got a bag of kale would a bundle be equal to about 2 cups??

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2020

      Hi Katherine, I would follow the conversion on the bottle to match per clove. Most bottle show a single clove of garlic is equal to 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, which is the same as 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic. I hope that his helpful.

      Reply

  • LIZ Moonshine
    August 16, 2020

    Just made this tonight and it turned out great. I added one and a half pounds of sausage for a more meaty flavorful soup and it worked. My husbad went to the store to get the stuff for it and accidentally got Silk dairy free heavy whipping cream and it still tasted amazing so thought I’d share for anyone with a lactose sensitivity…my boys like it so much they are actually quiet lol, wish it would let me share a picture it looks awesome!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 17, 2020

      So nice to know that it also worked well! Thanks for sharing that with us, Liz.

      Reply

  • Pamela Sheppard
    August 6, 2020

    Thank you Natasha! I am so pleased with not only how easy this was to whip together but the bacon and parmesan garnish just made it extra yummy! Made it to the recipe with an extra handful or two of kale, a load of crusty bread and dinner was served! Big hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2020

      This is one of our favorite recipes, Pamela! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Heather Antell
    August 2, 2020

    Would this work with Spinach? I’m not a huge fan of Kale’s texture even in soups. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 2, 2020

      Hello Heather, others shared that they used spinach and they loved it!

      Reply

  • Alison
    July 30, 2020

    Good soup. This was a recipe that came up with a quick search. I used a different recipe previously with less cream and no water- just 6 cups broth and liked that richer flavor better.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2020

      Hi Alison, thank you so much for sharing that wonderful feedback with us, I’m happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Shelby
    July 16, 2020

    DELICIOUS, made this for my husband, I halved the recipe and it came out perfectly for 3 people, so great will make this again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2020

      You’re welcome, Shelby! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Molly Wood
    July 13, 2020

    to make this lower sodium, could you just use lower sodium broth and have it taste similar, salting as needed when you make a bowl?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 14, 2020

      Hello Molly, I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that should work

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  • PK B
    July 8, 2020

    I haven’t attempted this yet, but any lower fat recommendation than the heavy cream?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 8, 2020

      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).

      Reply

  • Aberdeen
    June 28, 2020

    My mother-in-law thought that I stopped by Olive Garden and got this soup to go. Spot on.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2020

      Super! What an awesome compliment, thank you!

      Reply

  • Nancy Poling
    June 11, 2020

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2020

      Hi Nancy, are you looking for help with printing a recipe? If so you can print the recipe following these steps here “The print friendly recipe is at the bottom of each post. Once you scroll there, click on the print icon in that recipe card which will open a print screen, then you would need to click file —> print. I hope that helps! If not, please let me know exactly what steps you are taking and where you are navigating to print our recipes.”

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  • Melissa
    June 11, 2020

    Can I substitute spinach for kale?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2020

      Hi Melissa, you sure can! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Pearl
    June 3, 2020

    I can’t tell you how many times I have made this soup! It’s a crowd pleaser every time. Love it

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2020

      That’s so awesome Pearl! It sounds like you found a family favorite!

      Reply

  • Pat Summers
    May 4, 2020

    Better than Olive Gardens soup. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 4, 2020

      Thank you for that amazing review Pat! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Irene Dumka
    April 18, 2020

    Zupa Toscana is my very favourite soup. I always double the recipe and freeze it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 18, 2020

      One of our favorite soups! So so good – always!

      Reply

  • Eva
    April 12, 2020

    Tried it today. We didn’t have bacon, so substituted sliced prosciutto and reversed the order, sausage first, then prosciutto, so as not to overcook that. Still turned out excellent. Definitely making this again

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2020

      Great to know the information. Thank you for sharing that with us, Eva. I am so glad that you loved this recipe, thanks for your excellent feedback!

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    April 8, 2020

    Big hit at our house !!! Thank you it was delicious 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 9, 2020

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Marina Bogdanova
    April 3, 2020

    Amazing soup! Thank you for offering such great instructions to make this recipe; it is a favorite soup of my husband and I so no more need for Olive Garden!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2020

      I’m so glad that you and your husband loved this recipe. It’s also one of our favorites at home!

      Reply

  • Inga
    March 21, 2020

    I’ve made this countless times as it happens to be my daughter’s favorite. I make this with whatever ground meat I have in hand and just add some spice and red pepper flakes for the kick. Love that it is naturally gluten free. Also, I make this dairy free by substituting cream for coconut milk. It tastes wonderful and the change is so subtle you can barely tell under the aromas of garlic and meat.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2020

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

      Reply

  • Jim B
    March 19, 2020

    Excellent recipe. I’m no fan of the bitterness of kale. I substituted baby spinach for the kale. Perfect.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      Sounds good, Jim. I’m glad that kale worked!

      Reply

  • Joann
    March 8, 2020

    We enjoyed the soup. Used a 10 oz bag of Kale. Froze the leftover’s. Next time will use mild sausage maybe add pepper flakes. Forgot cheese and bacon the next day for lunch, favor was milder.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      Thank you for that great review! I’m glad you enjoyed that.

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    • Lisa
      April 5, 2020

      As a former OG employee, just a few notes, way too much garlic, should be mild Italian sausage, and missing the crushed red pepper, also cut potatoes into slices and the starch will settle better

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  • BRENDA
    March 7, 2020

    I’d give more stars if I could! This soup is wonderful, and I actually thought I wouldn’t really like it. I don’t like italian sausage but liked it in this (I used the sweet as I don’t like hot stuff). Only change I made was: instead of 6 cups water and 4 c. broth, I used 8 cups broth and 2 cups water. OH, I did ad some frozen corn too-we really liked that in it. This soup was so tasty. Me and hubby kept saying that while we were eating it, lol. Thanks Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me Brenda! It sounds like you found a new favorite.

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  • Jackie
    February 29, 2020

    I made this soup for my husband since he always orders it at Olive Garden. It is delicious. This will be one of my go to recipes when the grandchildren visits. Easy to make and I served it with garlic bread.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

      I’m happy to hear your comments and feedback. I’m glad this has become your husband’s favorite!

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  • Mike Harvey
    February 29, 2020

    I first made this 1-2 years ago and have repeated it a few times since. I believe this recipe gets better with each time I make it! It’s a fantastic meal, suitable for special occasions or just for a quiet night with a book.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

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

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  • Helene
    February 28, 2020

    My husband’s favorite soup. Our Olive Garden went out of business. Must be because your soup is so good that everyone is making it at home instead of going out. I’m making this for lunch today on this bitterly cold day. Ymmm!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

      This is also one of our favorites soups Helene! Thank you for that wonderful feedback.

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  • Sherri
    February 27, 2020

    I greatly appreciate that you list the nutrition. And I appreciate your recipes. I am on a rather low sodium diet, and when people list the nutrition, it gives me a baseline on what the sodium level is as the recipe lists, and I can figure out how much I have to trim back. It helps a lot. Some of your recipes are low enough it doesn’t take a lot of work from me. Replacing sodium with flavor takes work, as I am sure you know!
    Oh. kale. Yucky as a salad, so yummy in a soup. I have been doing it in soups for years.
    Again, thank you so much for what you do. It helps me a lot in figuring out how to eat with low sodium. I have been hospitalized due to salt, so it can be a huge deal.
    Sherri

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2020

      You are so welcome, Sherri. I’m glad that the info helps you a lot in planning your diet. Wishing you good health and all the best!

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  • Carol
    February 22, 2020

    Made this tonight for dinner! Delicious and rave reviews from my husband. Since there only the two of us, I didn’t want to add spinach to the soup as it would overcook when being reheated. So, not being a kale fan, I thawed and cooked part of a bag of frozen spinach in the microwave and added it to the soup bowls before serving. Perfect! I also only used 2 cups of water and 8 cups of chicken broth. Thank you for a terrific recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2020

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing that with us, Carol. I appreciate the great review too!

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    • Wook Slayer
      August 14, 2020

      Frozen spinach…smh

      Seems like a good way to ruin a good thing by adding mushy microwaved spinach but you do you.

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  • Sulamita
    February 4, 2020

    My husband has been asking me to make this for a few days now. He absolutely loved it and he is a picky one too. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 4, 2020

      Thanks for your good review and feedback. I’m so glad that your husband loved this!

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  • Cheryl B
    January 30, 2020

    WOOOW! Definitely a keeper! We really enjoyed this soup and all it’s flavors! Risked the hot italian sausage (wasn’t sure if it might be too spicy for us). I’m so glad I did because it was sooo delicious! Wow, the flavor…every bite! Will absolutely be making this over and over again! Thank you Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2020

      I’m so glad you found a favorite on our blog, Cheryl! Thank you for that amazing review.

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  • Robert
    January 20, 2020

    I made it and it is that good, need to get my chunks broken up, and learn what bite-size is.. Even my daughter enjoyed it. Garlic bread adds to the atmosphere.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear it. Thank you for that great review, Robert.

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  • Melissa
    January 20, 2020

    Love the soup it’s my favorite. Question do you know what it’s like to freeze? Love to be able to keep some on hand for my non beef eaters. Thanks

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    • Natasha
      January 20, 2020

      Hi Melissa, I haven’t tried freezing it but one of my readers froze it and shared the following helpful info: “I froze the remaining soup in individual servings using freezer bags and this soup is just as delicious the second time around!”

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  • Ron Collins
    January 20, 2020

    Looks like 5 stars to me. Wondering if this soup would take kindly to being frozen in portions to thaw and enjoy later?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      Hi Ron, I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why not. I think it would work to freeze it.

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    • Lori Sondag
      September 1, 2020

      Absolutely! I make this soup in bulk for my husband and freeze it. I place It in individual sized serving bags. All of the veggies hold their firmness after thawing and reheating. This soup is just as good the second time around!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        September 2, 2020

        I’m so glad you all enjoyed this Lori! Thank you for this awesome feedback!

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  • Jill G.
    January 20, 2020

    SO delicious!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Jill!

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      • Suzanne
        February 15, 2020

        Making this for my big guy for valentine’s day here in WI it’s so cold here. He can’t stop saying it smells so good. Love all the recipes and the videos. Huge fan

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          February 15, 2020

          This is THE perfect comfort soup for the cold and chilly nights. I’m smiling big reading this comment. Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  • Wendy
    January 14, 2020

    Hi! in my country we do not have Italian sausage, can I substitute with some other sausage?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      Hi Wendy! I bet another sausage would work. The taste will be slightly altered but will work. If you experiment I would love to know how you like the recipe.

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      • Wendy
        January 16, 2020

        Thank you! I will continue looking if in some place I found Italian sausage, if not I will try with something similar and I will let you know about the experiment.

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  • susan dowd
    January 10, 2020

    Oh my gosh!!! I just made this & I cannot stop eating it! Ive never had this soup before & never had kale & I love it all!
    I am 64 & have arthritis so I put the potatoes in my Cuisinart with a thick slice blade. perfect.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite, Susan! Thank you for sharing that amazing review with us!

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  • Michael
    January 9, 2020

    I have made this 4 time and just love it but the last two time I made the soup it soured when i put it away to eat the next can you tell me why?

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    • Natasha
      January 9, 2020

      Hi Michael, it definitely should not sour that quickly. Did it taste off? Sometimes it may look like the fast separates from the broth but reheating fixes that right away. Hopefully, that is what you mean. I’m not sure why else that would happen unless there was some kind of substitution.

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      • Christie Collins
        June 1, 2020

        How many days will the soup leftovers be good?

        So delicious

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 1, 2020

          Hi Christie, I haven’t stored it for more than 3 days. Since it has dairy in it I probably wouldn’t go much longer.

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    • Chelsea Olson
      March 7, 2020

      It’s because of the kale.. if it’s cooked at too high of a temperature for too long the kale will sour. Happened to me once as well.

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  • Sheri G.
    January 6, 2020

    My husband isn’t a fan of kale. Could I use cabbage instead of kale and get a similar taste?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2020

      Hi Sheri, I haven’t tested that with cabbage but it does work great with Spinach. If you experiment with cabbage I would love to know how you like that.

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    • Beth johnson
      February 5, 2020

      My family hates kale, but after making this soup with kale it’s their fave soup. It wilts , isn’t bitter and I put so much mire than recipe calls for now cause it’s so healthy…

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 5, 2020

        That’s so awesome, Beth! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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    • Tr@cie
      February 22, 2020

      Hi Sheri!

      The cabbage would definitely alter the taste and easily overpower the other flavors in this soup. The kale and/or spinach are your best bets. Honestly, they pick up so much flavor from the soup, you’d be surprised. If you do use cabbage, please share the results.

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  • Claudia
    January 6, 2020

    Just purchased all the ingredients this weekend to make today. It is rainy, windy and a great day to enjoy a warm bowl of soup with good bread!! Can’t wait to try this one since I tend to enjoy all of your recipes. I will let you know how I do. This is my husbands favorite soup at Olive Garden.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2020

      We absolutely love this one on a cold and rainy day! I hope you love this recipe!

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      • Casey Aguirre
        July 13, 2020

        Hi, I don’t see where in the instructions it says to add the heavy cream. When do I add it?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 13, 2020

          Hi Casey, we have it listed under step 6 in the recipe. “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.”

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  • Robert Hyduke
    January 4, 2020

    Kale in this soup??? OK, I’m not a fan of Kale in anything. So what might one substitute for Kale?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 5, 2020

      Hi Robert, kale is sooo good in this recipe! We have tried it with spinach in the past as well and loved it. You are also welcome to omit it.

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  • RaeGal
    January 2, 2020

    This soup is soooo good! And super easy to make. My husband isn’t usually a soup eater, but he said this one is a keeper (and he went back for more!) Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite! That’s so great!

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  • anwar
    January 2, 2020

    recipe is good

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that!w

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  • Jessica
    December 29, 2019

    Any way this could work using a crock pot?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2019

      Hi Jessica, I have not tested that but here is what 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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  • Shannon
    December 28, 2019

    Fantastically delicious and incredibly easy to make!! It was a perfect dinner on a cold snowy night. Thank you for this recipe! I’ve already bragged to my sisters and sent them the link.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2019

      You’re welcome, Shannon! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

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  • Maxine
    December 27, 2019

    This is a terrific soup! However, it is truly a one pot meal so you don’t have to complicate. Keep it simple

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Karen
    December 23, 2019

    Delicious!!! I just made the Zuppa Toscana today. I probably didn’t need to add salt & pepper since it had so much flavor from the Italian sausage, bacon & parmesan. My husband & I love it and it will become a family favorite! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 23, 2019

      That’s just awesome, Karen! I’m so happy to hear that!

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  • Julie
    December 22, 2019

    I just made a pot of chicken stock from scratch; I was wondering if you ever used 100% stock instead of a mix of broth and water…??
    thought it might give it a more robust flavor.
    And by the way, your instruction to add the garlic for about a minute after the onions are sautéed is a much more knowledgeable instruction than dumping it in at the same time as the onions – as other recipes say. It will become bitter that way. Well done!
    Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 23, 2019

      Hi Julie, I haven’t tested that with all broth, I imagine that will make it richer. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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    • Fish
      December 27, 2019

      I do not use water, I use all broth and its fabulous!

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  • Cici
    December 16, 2019

    I will try to make it with cauliflower and hope it will be good too.
    What do you think?
    Thank you

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    • Natasha
      December 16, 2019

      Hi Cici, that sounds delicious. If you experiment, let me know how it goes!

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  • Christina
    December 15, 2019

    This soup is absolutely amazing and so easy to make. Has became a House favorite for my husband and myself.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 16, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

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  • T-baby
    December 6, 2019

    This soup is very delicious, hearty, and “zuppa” easy to make! I followed the recipe almost exactly, cooking the potatoes separatedly and adding the potato water to the pot. Also, I made a vegan version! I subbed bacon for homemade portobello “bacon”, sausage for homemade leftover spicy veggie patties, and heavy cream for unsweetened coconut milk. So yummy!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that vegan version with us! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed that!

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  • Molli
    December 6, 2019

    Have made this 4 times now it’s so good! My family loves this and thinks it actually tastes better than OG’s version!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2019

      That’s amazing, Molli!! Sounds like you found a new favorite!

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  • Marina
    November 25, 2019

    The vidoes on your page keep automatically playing sound. And when I pause them, instead of turning off, it jumps to that recipe page. So incredibally annoying to look up recipes.

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    • Natasha
      November 26, 2019

      That definitely isn’t supposed to happen. I will report it to my tech team. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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  • Mack
    November 23, 2019

    The one thing that’s missing is crushed red pepper.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      That’s a great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me!

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  • Tashmier
    November 20, 2019

    What is a good dish to make along side it? At Olive garden I get this soup and sometimes salad or a pasta, so I wasn’t sure what your thoughts are on this.

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    • Natasha
      November 20, 2019

      Hi Tashmier, we love serving this with dinner rolls. We have so many pasta recipes that it’s difficult to narrow it down but one of our favorites is Chicken pesto pasta. I agree this is wonderful with a fresh green salad (again, we have so many!), but Classic Caesar is always a good choice.

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  • Lyndsy
    November 13, 2019

    Thank you for this recipe ! Our home smelled absolutely delicious after making this soup for dinner tonight , I may have snacked a little to much on the bacon before the soup was done lol. Our family loved it ! Even the kids wanted seconds.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2019

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

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  • Carolyn
    November 12, 2019

    Your Zuppa Tuscana soup was spot on!! My family loved it and I had fun making it. 5 stars plus!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2019

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

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      • Naomi
        January 20, 2020

        Hi Natasha! Could I freeze this? Thank you!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 20, 2020

          Hi Naomi, I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why not. I think it would work to freeze it.

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  • Joanne S.
    November 9, 2019

    Can I use pancetta instead of bacon? Has anyone tried that?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Joanne, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

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      • Michaela Hambrock
        December 11, 2019

        Would regular milk be ok? I could make my own heavy cream but I only have 2% milk on hand. If not I have some half n half. This will be my second time making your recipe but I had heavy cream last time. It also has good flavor using beer bratwursts, I took the casings off. Adding the red pepper flakes does give it flavor as well.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 11, 2019

          Hi Michaela, I have not tested that with milk but one of my readers recommended canned coconut milk (the cream part) to make it creamy and dairy-free. You can also use half and half to make it a little lighter.

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  • Theresa
    November 5, 2019

    Love your recipe! The only things I did a little differently were to keep the skins on the baby potatoes I chopped, to give it a rustic feel, and to add a cup more cream with one less cup water. It’s soooo good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2019

      That sounds so good! Thank you for that great review, Theresa!

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  • Marlene Welch
    October 30, 2019

    Hi Natasha
    Is the bacon for sauté flavoring and garnish only? I am substituting Spinach for Kale. (Not a Kale fan).
    Thanks

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    • Natasha
      October 30, 2019

      Hi Marlene, the bacon adds great flavor to the soup and it’s nice as a garnish. I hope you love it with your substitution.

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  • Fish
    October 28, 2019

    This is a great recipe. If you ever want to spice it up a bit. I swapped out half the sausage and replaced with Chorizo sausage to appease my Latino wife and her family. They absolutely loved it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that great idea with us! I’m so glad your entire Family enjoyed that.

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