Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana at Home Recipe

Dec 13, 2011

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana at Home Recipe

This soup, right here, is the only reason I ever went to Olive Garden. The flavors are amazing. With this recipe, you can make it at home, and save a few bucks on eating out. Serve it alone, or with a salad and breadsticks, you have a great meal either way!! My Mom started making this soup a few years ago. I've adapted it slightly since then, but it turns out so much better than Olive Garden's! My four year old daughter even loves it! I had to use oriental kale because my grocery store was out of regular, but it still turned out just as delish!

What you need:
1 pound ground pork sausage
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large white onion, diced
8 c. chicken broth
4 large skin-on russet potatoes, diced
2 c. heavy whipping cream
5 c. kale, cut in bite size pieces
2-3 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. italian seasoning
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. bacon grease
shredded parmesan cheese

Scrub the russet potatoes, dice and set aside. In a large soup pot, heat the bacon grease. Add the pork sausage, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook until sausage is no longer pink. 

Add the broth and diced potatoes. If you like it more on the spicy side, feel free to add more red pepper flakes. Boil over medium heat until the potatoes are almost cooked through. Add the cream and kale and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes or until kale is tender. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Top with parmesan cheese when serving. Enjoy!


  1. I LOVE the zuppa tuscana soup. It's not the ONLY reason I go to Olive Garden, but it's definitely one of them :) I'm definitely going to have to try it.

    BTW: I found your blog through Shannon. I'm loving it!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Susan!! This recipe is definitely worth trying and I hope you like it! I will have to thank my sister lol! :)

  3. thank you so much for sharing this recipe today!! Love that your family loves it like mine does, too!! :) Our recipes are a little different. I was hungry for it after we chatted today, so we had it for dinner!! :)


    1. Good choice! I really need to make this again soon! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. I love this soup too! I could eat it everyday. I hope you don't mind but I'd like to suggest a slightly different variation.If it's not okay, please just delete this post.
    I like to roast my garlic the night before and give it time to cool. It just melts when stirred into the soup and gives it an extra little layer of flavor. I also add a splash of lemon juice at the end of most of my soups. It wakes up the flavors.


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