Zuppa Toscana Recipe – Olive Garden Copycat (VIDEO)

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

This is our version of Zuppa Toscana – Olive Garden’s Most popular soup! It is hearty and satisfying and has been a family favorite for years! Everything in this recipe is made in one pot including the crispy bacon topping. It couldn’t be easier!

This Zuppa Toscana Recipe comes together quickly and has a short list of ingredients but the flavors are nothing short of impressive. Thankfully this makes a full pоt because you’ll want more!

We love re-creating restaurant quality soups at home like our popular Clam Chowder Recipe! My sister Tanya taught me how to make this recipe and we first published our Zuppa Toscana Recipe in 2010. This is the new and improved version with more flavor, it’s heartier (less liquid), and made in 1-pot to consider the dish factor. The classic just got better!

Watch How to Make Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

Now wasn’t that easy?! I’d pass you a taste through the screen if I could. I hope this becomes a favorite in your home as well! P.S. We love it a little spicy but feel free to use mild sausage to make it more kid-friendly.

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

6 ot 8 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 (32 oz) chicken broth/stock
6 cups (48 oz) water
4-5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ thick pieces
1 medium/large kale bundle, leaves stripped and chopped
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to serve

Kitchen Equipment and Tools Used:

Boos Cutting Board
Wusthof Cook’s Knife
Bamboo Utensil
Dutch Oven Pot (5.5 Qt)
Glass Measuring Cup
Glass Mixing Bowls 

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

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Zuppa Toscana Soup - Olive Garden Copycat (VIDEO)

4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $11-$15
Calories: 457 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 Soup - Olive Garden Copycat (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 905mg 38%
Potassium 877mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 22.4%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

Mmmm this Zuppa Toscana Soup is just a big warm bowl of coziness :). Serve crispy bacon, extra cheese and generous slices of crusty bread. Are you hungry yet? 😉

One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe - a family favorite for years! Watch how-to VIDEO for our copycat version of Olive Garden's most popular Zuppa Toscana soup. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • April
    November 21, 2018

    Nutritional information per serving? Please?😘 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2018

      Hi April! I added nutritional info on this. I hope you love our Zuppa Toscana Recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • RM
    October 1, 2018

    Where is your pot from?! happen to have a link Reply

  • Alina
    September 22, 2018

    Is there a difference between russet potatoes and yellow potatoes? Will it make a difference if I use yellow? Reply

    • Natasha
      September 22, 2018

      Hi Alina, yellow potatoes will work fine in Zuppa Toscana 🙂 They are a waxier potato and have a slightly different texture but will still work fine. Reply

  • Ashley
    August 20, 2018

    Just made this last night. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2018

      You’re so welcome Ashley! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Anna
    August 1, 2018

    I always added Italian seasoning as well makes it more italian☺️ Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2018

      That sounds great! Reply

  • Mike Harvey
    July 12, 2018

    AWESOME copycat recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2018

      Isn’t it the best?! Thank you for reading our blog! Reply

  • Jordyn
    March 18, 2018

    Oh, AND, 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! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      Super, that tip will come in handy for a lot of folks! Thanks again Jordyn! Reply

  • Jordyn
    March 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I just stumbled onto your blog and it’s fantastic! This is the first time I’ve felt eager to try all of a blogger’s recipes! I plan to try your BBQ pulled pork tonight 😉

    Just some personal notes/suggestions for you and others about zuppa: I make a different copy cat version all the time and I like to:

    1. Substitute cauliflower (fresh or frozen) instead of potatoes just because fewer carbs

    2. Substitute spinach for kale. It tastes great and unless you’re looking for the texture of kale, spinach is a perfect sub.

    3. I love adding crushed red pepper flakes in at the beginning and at the end. It’s also great if you have to use mild sausage if family doesn’t like spicy because then you can personalize the spicy with the flakes in your own bowl. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my site so much. Thanks for following and sharing your helpful review with other readers! Reply

  • Deborah
    March 11, 2018

    I had never tried this soup before until I made your recipe…i just recently went to the olive garden and tried this soup. I must say your recipe was much better.
    I love your recipes…looking forward to more delicious recipes. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 12, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Deborah! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Maria Z.
    February 23, 2018

    I tried your Suppa Tuscana recipe and it was really good. Thank you. Maria Z. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2018

      You’re welcome Maria! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe, thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Rhianna
    February 16, 2018

    This soup is AMAZING! It has quickly become one of my go-to’s. Thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2018

      You’re welcome Rhianna! I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Linda
    February 13, 2018

    I made this soup before, but something was a bit different when I made it yesterday. I think 10 cups of liquid is too watery, especially with 6 cups of it being water. Last time, I used 3 cups of broth, 3 cups of water. I used a different copycat recipe last time, and this was the only difference (the liquid amount). Otherwise, delish! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 13, 2018

      Hi Linda, you can definitely scale it down if you prefer a heartier Zuppa 🙂 Reply

  • Yulia
    February 5, 2018

    Awesome so yummy ! And I never like this soup at the restaurant but decided to try your receipe ! Thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      You’re welcome Yulia! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Julie
    January 26, 2018

    WOW!!! Thank you very much for this recipe! I made this at home and absolutely everyone in my family loved it! I was shocked! It was very delicious!!! For sure, gonna make it later. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      You’re welcome Julie! I’m glad to hear how much everyone enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Christine Mollison
    January 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha
    This soup looks wonderful. I use your recipes weekly and they are always delicious.
    I’m wondering if you or another reader has a suggestion for a whipped cream substitute that is also non dairy. I don’t have a problem with it but some of the people I cook for have a dairy allergy (different from lactose intolerance). It seems like soy or almond milk would be too thin. Don’t know if there are heavy cream versions of these products.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Chris Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 18, 2018

      Hi Chris, one of my readers recommended canned coconut milk (the cream part) to make it creamy and dairy free. Reply

  • Fleeta Stephens
    January 18, 2018

    Sorry my letter left me hope you get it. I have been looking for a Salmon recipe called tequila salmon, hope you can help. Reply

  • Fleeta Stephens
    January 18, 2018

    Love love this soup. I make it at least once a month. My husband and friends love it served with crusty bread hot or not. Thank you Ms. Natasha. I have made several of you recipes and haven’t made one we didn’t like. Keep them coming. Fleeta Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2018

      My pleasure! I’m glad to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your great review! Reply

  • Saray W.
    January 16, 2018

    Omg made this and it was so delicious! Definitely way better than Olive Garden in my opinion. My hubby loved it so much he had seconds and ate some more few hours later! This was definitely a big hit and is an all time favorite for us now. Thanks Nastasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you both enjoy the recipe as much as I do! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

    • Susan Rayfield
      February 3, 2018

      Is it spicy hot? Reply

  • Sara
    January 14, 2018

    Hi there- great recipe, appreciate that you note how many minutes you sauté/cook each thing. What’s the calorie count? I ran through this a few times looking and didn’t spot it. Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 15, 2018

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Sara! Reply

  • Catherine
    January 11, 2018

    This is an awesome soup. For sake of time you can use Del Monte Fresh Cut potatoes which has a great taste.
    I use mild Italian sausage and put red flakes on table for those that want more spice. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2018

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe as much as I do Catherine! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Amy
    November 24, 2017

    Hi Natasha, What a tasty soup! I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe, always a fan. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      Hello Amy! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a success! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • November 8, 2017

    Hi Natasha; I made the Zuppa Toscana for dinner tonight . It was a big hit . The only different thing I did was add some Chopped carrots to it with the potatoes . Love your recipes. Hits home . Love it . And Thank you so much . You made cooking fun again . Sincerely Nelly Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2017

      Hello Nelly! My pleasure, I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipes! Thanks for following and sharing your great review with other readers! 🙂 Reply

  • Karla Simmons
    November 2, 2017

    I just made this soup it is really good. Thank You so much for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2017

      You’re welcome Karla! I’m glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!! Reply

  • Nancy
    November 1, 2017

    How about spinach instead of kale, and half and half? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 2, 2017

      Hi Nancy, I think half and half would still work. I’m not sure about spinach though. I really love the texture of kale in this soup, but if you prefer spinach, it might be worth an experiment. Reply

  • Lucille Walund
    October 20, 2017

    OMG, this soup is awesome!! It was so easy to make and inexpensive. So looking forward to trying your other recipes. Thumbs up!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 20, 2017

      I’m glad you love the recipe Lucille! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Nat
    October 20, 2017

    Hi Natasha,

    You might want to review your cooking instructions. Looks like you have cooking the sausage twice. Also, could you add approximate prep and cook times?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2017

      Oh goodness, thank you so much for pointing that out! I clarified the recipe and included cooking and prep times. 🙂 Reply

  • Alina
    August 14, 2017

    Hi Natasha!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I’m obsessed with your recipes!!! I have a question… If I skip potatoes, is it gonna change the taste a lot? What do you think? Thank you!😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2017

      Hi Alina, I think it would still taste ok but it would be a very very thin soup since there isn’t much to bulk it up except for the potatoes. It would be very watery. Reply

    • Melissa G Caudill
      October 4, 2017

      You could try substituting cauliflower for the potatoes. I try and follow a low carb lifestyle and that’s what I typically do with Zuppa Toscana Soup. Try maybe a whole cauliflower cut into the florets. Reply

  • Dana
    July 8, 2017

    Thanks for this recipe!!! Is it still yummy for the next day? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 8, 2017

      Hi Dana, yes we still enjoy it the next day if there are leftovers 🙂 Reply

  • Veronika Serikov
    July 3, 2017

    Do you think it would be okay to replace the sausage with ground turkey and omit the bacon as we do not eat port Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 3, 2017

      Hi Veronika, the overall soup would 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. Also, we often make this without any bacon so that one is easy to omit 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    May 5, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    What do you think if I were to somehow add mushroom to this?
    Too much? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 5, 2017

      Anna, I don’t think you can go wrong with mushrooms here, although I haven’t tried it myself. Reply

  • Nancy
    May 2, 2017

    Can this be stored in freezer containers? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2017

      Hi Nancy, I haven’t tried frezing but I don’t see why not. I think it would work 🙂 Reply

  • Julia k
    April 15, 2017

    Love this soup!! We make it a little different but thinking to try it this way soon. Also, I wanted to ask you if you ever tried the chicken and gnocchi soup at Olive Garden, would be awesome if you would create a copy cat of that soup! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2017

      I haven’t tried that one but now I guess I have to!! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂 Reply

  • LaTrice
    April 13, 2017

    Zuppa Toscana is my all-time favorite soup!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 13, 2017

      It is so delicious! Please let me know if you decide to try my recipe! Reply

  • Valeriya Makhonina
    April 11, 2017

    I love this recipe! Thank you Natasha for such easy instructions and beautiful pictures that motivated me to try this delicious soup. My whole family loved it, and I am also sharing with recipe with coworkers. P.S It tastes better than at Olive Garden 😉 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 11, 2017

      I’m happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!! 😀 Reply

  • Yvonne
    April 9, 2017

    Can anything be substituted for the whipping cream in this soup? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 9, 2017

      Hi Yvonne, 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. Reply

  • Alex
    April 9, 2017

    I love this recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 9, 2017

      👍🏻 I knew you would 😋 Reply

  • Lana
    April 7, 2017

    How long can this soup stand in the fridge?
    My favorite!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2017

      Hi Lana, we’ve never maxed it out because it always literally disappears in 2 days ;). It’s definitely great at least 3 days but probably not passed 4-5 days. Reply

  • Stephanie
    April 5, 2017

    Any chance you would know nutritional facts in this? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Stephanie! Reply

  • Natalie
    April 2, 2017

    This is my favorite version of Zuppa – I really think it’s better than Olive Garden’s!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2017

      That’s quite a compliment! Thank you so much! 🙂 Reply

  • Phillip Hall
    April 2, 2017

    This is a great soup Natasha!
    I love the addition of bacon.
    I add a half cup of white wine to the broth. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2017

      Oh wow! I never would have thought to add white wine. I’ll have to try it sometime! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • This is my husband’s favorite soup to order– thanks for sharing an at-home version =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2017

      It’s always either the salad or this soup for us as an App at Olive Garden. I never get tired of it. I think it’s nicer at home because it’s heartier and made with love of course 😉 Reply

  • alexandra shaw
    April 1, 2017

    delicious…can i freeze this soup?

    i live in Ottawa, Canada and look forward to your emails. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2017

      I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why not. I think it would work to freeze it. I’m so glad you are subscribed and enjoy the emails 🙂 Reply

  • This soup came on the perfect day! It’s sunny here but it’s COLD…very deceiving, but hey! The sun is out! This looks like the perfect comfort meal with some nice crusty bread 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2017

      It’s been the same here – it’s still a little crisp outside and perfect for a bowl of warm soup :). What part of the country are you in? I’m in Idaho – the Boise area 🙂 Reply

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