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.

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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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!
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 bowls
  • 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
  • 6 cups chicken broth/stock, (48 oz)
  • 4 cups water, (32 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

  • 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.
  • Add Italian sausage, breaking it up with your spatula and sauté until cooked through (5 min). Remove to paper towel lined plate.
  • Finely dice onion and add to the pot. Saute 5 min or until soft and golden then add minced garlic and saute 1 min.
  • Add 6 cups broth and 4 cups water, and bring to boil. Add sliced potatoes and cook 13-14 min or until easily pierced with a fork.
  • When potatoes nearly done, add chopped kale and cooked sausage and bring everything to a light boil.
  • 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 Per Serving

458kcal Calories29g Carbs19g Protein31g Fat14g Saturated Fat84mg Cholesterol906mg Sodium877mg Potassium2g Fiber2g Sugar1150IU Vitamin A18.6mg Vitamin C71mg Calcium2.2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat
Amount per Serving
Calories
458
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
31
g
48
%
Saturated Fat
 
14
g
88
%
Cholesterol
 
84
mg
28
%
Sodium
 
906
mg
39
%
Potassium
 
877
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
1150
IU
23
%
Vitamin C
 
18.6
mg
23
%
Calcium
 
71
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2.2
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: zuppa toscana
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 458

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  • Robert H.
    February 16, 2024

    Another outstanding recipe!
    No heavy cream on hand, so I used half & half cream. With the lower fat content, it began to seperate during the last boiling stage – even when being stirred. To re-constitute the creaminess, I reduced the heat, stirred in 1 teaspoon of corn starch and it worked great.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 16, 2024

      Thanks for sharing, Robert! I’m glad you were able to fix it.

      Reply

  • Viktoriya
    February 15, 2024

    Not sure why I always thought this was harder to make. It was surprisingly easy and the result was so pretty and tasty. Thank you for another delicious recipe. I would have made it sooner if I knew it was this easy!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 15, 2024

      You’re so very welcome! Thank you for trying the recipe!

      Reply

  • Vanesa Risco
    February 4, 2024

    Did you mean to write whipping cream or heavy cream? I just want to clarify. Thank you

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    • Natasha
      February 4, 2024

      Hi Vanesa, in this recipe it really does not make a difference. I typically buy heavy whipping cream but again, it doesn’t matter here.

      Reply

    • mike, the rookie cook
      February 11, 2024

      I made this recipe last night. God this is good! I never make enough. It goes so fast. Some fresh parm cheese on top, some good sourdough french bread and butter. I added fresh kale to my recipe and delicious!

      Reply

  • Doris
    January 28, 2024

    I’ve made this recipe so many times. My entire family loves it. I just chop the kale up really small is my only difference.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2024

      Great to hear that your family always enjoys our Zuppa Toscana recipe!

      Reply

  • Deb
    January 28, 2024

    This recipe is perfection, every time.

    I didn’t have heavy cream on hand today so I used half and half instead. It’s still absolutely delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2024

      Glad half and half worked well! Thank you for sharing and for this review.

      Reply

  • Mrs. Kay
    January 23, 2024

    In a word – Amazing!
    There’s not much to add. This soup was perfect for a cold winter day. We all loved it & plan to make it a cold weather favorite for years to come.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 23, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Mrs. Kay! Thank you so much for the feedback. It’s one of my personal favorites!

      Reply

  • Cindy Howard
    January 23, 2024

    Oh my and my and my! My lazy self roasted a whole ‘pod’ of garlic. The rest of the recipe was right to the tee….until we go to the greens. I only had frozen spinach. Not a bad thing at all!

    Beautiful thing this recipe! I’m on my third bowl! 🥰🥰🥰🥰

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 23, 2024

      Hi Cindy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the soup. Thank you for sharing. I can eat bowl fulls if this soup! So good.

      Reply

  • Karen
    January 22, 2024

    Delicious recipe! I’ve made this multiple times and it’s always excellent. Yummy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 22, 2024

      Hi Karen, so good to know that you always love our Zuppa Toscana recipe!

      Reply

  • Sandra Gerathy
    January 21, 2024

    I make this soup all the time. My husband and I love it. The best recipe ever. Taste just like the soup at Olive Garden. I highly recommend it.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 21, 2024

      So glad to hear that, Sandra! We make this soup a a lot, we love it!

      Reply

  • Susan Hollier
    January 18, 2024

    I made this for dinner today, with your Fluffy Homemade Biscuits as a side. They were both delicious! Such a hearty, yummy meal on a cold, snowy day! 😊

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 19, 2024

      That’s wonderful. Susan!

      Reply

  • Yelonda S.
    January 17, 2024

    I’ve tried a few recipes for this and they were just ok. I really wanted to try again and told myself I can just tweak it and add more of this or that. I stumbled upon this recipe and used turkey Italian bacon and sausage as my son doesn’t eat pork. I literally had to change nothing. It came out perfect, exact like The Olive Garden. I’m saving this recipe. Everyone loved it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 17, 2024

      That’s wonderful and I’m so happy to hear that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Misty
    January 16, 2024

    This was great, but definitely more than 8 servings. We’re 6 servings in and have about 4-5 bowls left.

    A few changes I made: spinach instead of kale, a whole jar of minced garlic instead of fresh, more broth than water, and I added about 2 tbsps of roast garlic “better than bouillon. I added quite a bit of salt and pepper. It’s great! Very flavorful!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Misty. We probably used larger bowls but glad that you got more servings!

      Reply

  • Halie Alexander
    January 15, 2024

    I got the one thing I wanted for Christmas-Your cook book! This was the first recipe I made and my family LOVED it. I’ve loved every recipe of yours I’ve tried and this soup is no exception. So so good. Thanks again, Natasha! 💜

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 15, 2024

      Yay, I’m happy that you got it! I hope you will love all the recipes from the cookbook. I would love it if you could add a review on where you purchased the book. Those reviews help a ton! 

      Reply

  • Joanne Hooff
    January 14, 2024

    This recipe is perfect as is but looking at reviews it easy to substitute as needed. Football Sunday. Served with rosemary bread and it made for an incredible afternoon! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 14, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Joanne!

      Reply

  • Jamie
    January 9, 2024

    Does this soup freeze well? Thank you for the coconut milk alternative!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 9, 2024

      Hi Jamie! I have not frozen this soup. Generally cream/dairy, and potatoes/starch don’t do well when frozen. Likely you can but the quality, texture, and flavor of it might be a bit off when reheating it.

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      • Debbie
        January 31, 2024

        Ive made this for several yrs and again last night. I just love this soup. I have frozen it many times in freezer bags, thaw in the sink and it still tastes great!
        I use chicken broth and half and half in mine.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 31, 2024

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Debbie! That’s so wonderful to hear.

          Reply

  • Deborah
    January 7, 2024

    Hi I have made this before but been awhile and this DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!! I always use frozen cauliflower and this time some pieces were to big and ended up putting them in the food processor so may just use riced. Still like the small pieces. I will use 2 lbs. of sausage because we like more meat. Wonderful soup!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2024

      Great to hear that you loved it! Thank you so much for sharing.

      Reply

  • satisfied
    January 5, 2024

    I made this recipe for some friends who were coming for lunch. Everyone LOVED IT!! It was fantastic. I will make it again.

    I made two versions, one with meat, and the other with beyond meat vegetarian sausage – the vegetarian loved it as well.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 5, 2024

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad it was a hit.

      Reply

  • Yvonne
    December 21, 2023

    This is a very popular soup at Olive Garden. Your recipe is so tasty, I love it! It’s good as written or adding what you have in the fridge. This is not my first rodeo making this soup but I always like to pull up the recipe when I make it. I added a few more veggies and a lot more heavy cream. Cauliflower and carrots were added because I had plenty on hand and red chile flakes cause we like it hot.
    This recipe is easy, filling and so yummy. Can’t wait to see if it’s better tomorrow. I know some mentioned the broth was absorbed the next day. If you like a thin soup add more broth, if you prefer a creamier soup add a bit more broth and more heavy cream. This was so good I will have to try another of your recipes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 22, 2023

      Hi Yvonne! I’m so glad you loved it. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Jen K.
    December 21, 2023

    I looooove this recipe and am planning to make again for the holidays. I find that leftovers can be a challenge because the potatoes tend to absorb so much liquid and it becomes more stew-like than soupe. Wondered if you think slicer the potatoes thinner or thicker, reserving some broth, or even just adding more broth when reheating could be a good fix? Thank you and happy holidays!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 21, 2023

      Hi Jen! I think you could add more broth to it when you reheat. You might need to adjust the seasonings a bit if that’s the case.

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  • Ashley McD
    December 21, 2023

    Looooove this recipe! I’m fact, I’ve never made any of your recipes that weren’t a complete HIT! THANK YOU!!! This soup – such comfort food, and the kale adds such a wonderful texture! Who needs to go to Olive Garden when I can make this at home? YUMMY!!!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 21, 2023

      Hi Ashley! I’m so glad you love it. Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

      Reply

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