Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Easy recipe for Zuppa Toscana Soup, ready in under 30 minutes. This CopyCat Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden is loaded with sausage, potatoes and kale in a creamy broth! Even the picky eaters will approve!

Serve this creamy soup with an easy Russian Bread Loaf or quick Dinner Rolls for a complete meal!

Zuppa Toscana Soup in a bowl. Simple soup recipe made with potatoes, meat, and kale.

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Hearty and filling creamy soup, a CopyCat version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup. It’s loaded with potatoes, sausage, vegetables and kale in a rich and creamy broth. The soup is ready in under 30 minutes and the perfect comfort food for cold days.

Zuppa Toscana recipe in a Dutch oven. Soup made with kale, carrots, potatoes and meat.

How to Make Zuppa Toscana Soup?

  • In a Dutch oven or pot, bring water and broth to a boil.
  • Add potatoes and seasonings, cook until potatoes are tender.
  • Meanwhile, brown sausage, breaking up the meat as it’s cooked.
  • Add onion, sauté until tender. Add carrots, cook until carrots are tender, add minced garlic.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, transfer ingredients from skillet to Dutch oven.
  • Add kale and heavy whipping cream. Cook 5 minutes on low/medium heat.
  • Add additional seasonings, if needed.
  • Enjoy!

 How to make Zuppa Toscana Soup.

What can I substitute for kale?

If you don’t like the texture of kale or cannot find it in your area, substitute it for chopped spinach. It will work wonderfully.

How to make Zuppa Toscana spicy?

If you like a spicier soup, use Hot Italian sausage instead of the mild indicated. Add ground Cayenne pepper or Pepper flakes, to taste for additional spiciness.

How to cook zuppa toscana soup. Simple and great soup recipe.

Healthy Zuppa Toscana-

For a lighter and healthier version of the classic Italian soup, substitute the heavy whipping cream for milk. I’ve experimented with almond milk and coconut milk and both worked as a substitute. You may need to slightly adjust the seasonings according to personal preference.

Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana-

It’s so easy to convert this creamy and hearty Olive Garden copycat soup to be prepared in a slow cooker. How to make Zuppa Toscana in a Slow Cooker:

  • In a skillet, brown the sausage with onions and carrots. Transfer to slow cooker (crockpot).
  • Add remaining ingredients minus the cream and kale to the slow cooker. Stir.
  • Secure lid and cook on high 3-4 hours, or for 6-7 hours on low. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  • Add cream and kale, stir to combine. Cook an additional 30-40 minutes, until kale is desired tenderness. Enjoy!

Zuppa Toscana soup in a dutch oven with a ladle.

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Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

CopyCat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe loaded with Italian sausage, potatoes and kale in a creamy broth. This under 30-minute soup will become a favorite
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Zuppa Toscana
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 pound ground mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 cups water
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 pounds potatoes (5-6 potatoes), diced
  • 3 cups packed chopped kale, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper or pepper flakes, to taste, optional


  • In a Dutch oven or pot, bring water and broth to a boil. Add diced potatoes and seasonings, cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over high heat, brown sausage, breaking up the meat as it’s cooked.
  • Add onions, sauté until tender. Add carrots, cook until tender, stirring as needed. Add minced garlic. Turn off heat.
  • Once potatoes are tender, transfer ingredients from skillet to Dutch oven. 
  • Add kale and heavy whipping cream, cook an additional 5 minutes over med heat. 
  • Add additional seasonings, if desired. 
  • ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 879mg38%
Potassium 881mg25%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 4220IU84%
Vitamin C 53.5mg65%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Dawn Conklin 10/25/2019, 11:06 pm Link Reply

    This looks delicious 🙂 I have never had it at Olive Garden (I get their salad usually as my side), but I will definitely try this at home! We will probably try it with spinach tho instead of kale.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/25/2019, 11:58 pm Link Reply

      You can definitely substitute for spinach, Dawn. I hope you love the soup recipe.

  • Natalie 08/16/2019, 12:59 pm Link Reply

    The Olive Garden actual soup doesn’t have any carrots in it.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/16/2019, 1:59 pm Link Reply

      This is our version of the popular soup. 🙂 You can definitely leave out the carrots.

  • Lucy 01/18/2019, 5:10 pm Link Reply

    Made this soup. It’s better than Olive Garden and so easy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/18/2019, 6:49 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Lucy! I’m so glad to hear that. I must agree, this homemade Zuppa Toscana is pretty amazing. 🙂

  • Elena 07/08/2016, 4:53 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. Made the soup last night and it was delicious! My husband loved it, and he is a picky Romanian guy. ? I have made Zuppa Toscana twice before with different recipes and I found this to be the best one.
    God bless!

    • admin 07/08/2016, 5:26 pm Link Reply

      Awww. Thank you so much Elenka! You totally made my day with such a sweet comment. 🙂 🙂 Blessings!!

  • Karina 06/09/2016, 2:12 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentina,
    Made this soup last night. Followed the recipe exact but used ground turkey and seasoning instead of Italian sausage. Very happy with the results. Soup is tasty. Thanks for the easy to follow recipes. 🙂 Be blessed!

    • admin 06/09/2016, 9:08 am Link Reply

      Hi Karina, I love your personal touch on this recipe, turkey sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing!! Blessings to your family as well??..

  • Alina R. 05/13/2016, 12:01 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for posting, I’ve always been too nervous to try this soup at home, this looks simple. By young potatoes do you mean the tiny tiny colored once or bigger ones with thin skin?
    Thank you for your blog and all you do. God bless your family.

    • admin 05/13/2016, 10:48 pm Link Reply

      Alina, either will be great. You can even use regular potatoes but those will need peeled. Thank you for your sweet support??.. You’re so kind..

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