Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Our version of the popular Olive Garden soup – Zuppa Tuscana. Fresh kale with Italian sausage, potatoes and veggies in a cream broth. So good!

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. ValentinasCorner.com

It was a date night and we decided on Olive Garden. It was so nice to get out without our kiddos. That was when my beloved tried Zuppa Toscana soup and was in love at first bite. He insisted I try some, I did, but didn’t care for it. Though I liked spicy food, I thought the flavors were just way to weird together. Being the “great” wife that I am (wink, wink emoji insert), I was so eager to recreate that recipe at home for him. I tried so many different recipes and honestly failed every time. First recipe I used called for hot sausage, kids refused to eat it, it was too spicy. Second time around it was too watery and hubby likes a hearty soup. Anyhow, I gave up other recipes and created my own. It was perfection. The satisfaction of hearing, “Babe, that was amazing” made me super proud and smile (inwardly of course, on the outside I played it cooool, cause you know, I got this cooking business down) haha, teasing. Creamy soup with potatoes, sausage and kale just makes for a perfect combination. Comfort food at its best.

I know Zuppa Toscana does have carrots in it, however, I think it adds great flavor to the soup. Also, my family enjoys the kale when it on the softer side, that is why I give it about 5 minutes after adding the kale to the soup. If you enjoy your kale with some firmness to it, just add it when adding the heavy whipping and let it cook 2 minutes.

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*If you like your soup hearty and thick just add the 6 cups of water, add 8 cups of water if you don’t want it as hearty and prefer more liquid.

*For those that want a kick (spiciness) to the soup but you don’t want the whole pot spicy, just add a dash of ground Cheyenne pepper or few pepper flakes into your individual bowl. You’re welcome! 🙂

Enjoy this soup with some fresh homemade bread and dessert afterwards!.

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Ingredients for Zuppa Toscana Soup:

1 pound ground Italian sausage

1 medium-large sweet onion

1 medium carrot

6 garlic cloves

6 – 8 cups water*

32 oz. chicken broth

2 pounds young potatoes (5-6 potatoes)

3 cups packed chopped kale

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Cheyenne pepper or Pepper flakes, optional*

Makes: 6-8 servings

How to make Zuppa Toscana Soup:

Dice onions into small pieces, julienne carrots with a Julienne Slicer and minced garlic. Set aside.

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In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown sausage until almost cooked; breaking up the meat as it’s cooking.

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. ValentinasCorner.com

Once meat is almost fully cooked, add onions, sauté for about 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently. Add in carrots, sauté 4-6 minutes, until carrots are tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic, stir, cook another minute. Drain any access fat. Set aside.

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Bring water and broth to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven.

Dice potatoes, run under cold water (since I used baby potatoes, I didn’t peel them). Add potatoes and cook in the pot. Boil 8-9 minutes if using young potatoes (about 11-12 min if using regular). Potatoes should be almost fully cooked.

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Chop kale, add to pot cook about 2 minutes.

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. ValentinasCorner.com

Add ingredients from skillet and heavy cream, salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 2-3 minutes, until potatoes are fully cooked, turn off heat and let the soup simmer a few more minutes.

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That’s it! Enjoy friends.. 🙂

This Homemade version of Zuppa Toscana Soup at Olive Garden is such a great recipe and the whole family loves it! Hope you enjoyed this copycat recipe!

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If you make this, tag me on Facebook or Instagram with #valentinascorner @valentinascorner. 🙂 🙂

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Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. ValentinasCorner.com
Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe with Italian sausage, potatoes and kale. So delicious and easy to make.
Servings: 6 - 8 people
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 medium-large sweet onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 – 8 cups water*
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 pounds young potatoes (5-6 potatoes)
  • 3 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Cheyenne pepper or Pepper flakes, optional*
Instructions
  1. How to make Zuppa Toscana Soup:
  2. Dice onions into tiny pieces, julienne carrots with a julienne slicer and mince garlic. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown sausage until almost cooked; breaking up the meat as it’s cooking.
  4. Once meat is almost fully cooked, add onions, sauté for about 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently. Add in carrots, sauté 4-6 minutes, until carrots are tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic, stir, cook another minute. Drain any access fat. Set aside.
  5. Bring water and broth to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  6. Dice potatoes, run under cold water. Add to pot. Boil 9 minutes if using young potatoes (about 12 min if using regular). Potatoes should be almost fully cooked.
  7. Chop kale, add to pot cook about 2 minutes. Add ingredients from skillet and heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 2-3 minutes, until potatoes are fully cooked. Turn off heat, let the soup simmer a few more minutes.
  8. That’s it!
Recipe Notes

*My family enjoys the kale when it on the softer side, that is why I give it about 5 minutes after adding the kale to the soup. If you enjoy your kale with some firmness to it, just add it when adding the heavy whipping and let it cook 2 minutes.
*If you like your soup hearty and thick just add the 6 cups of water, add 8 cups of water if you don’t want it as hearty and prefer more liquid.
*For those that want a kick (spiciness) to the soup but you don’t want the whole pot spicy, just add a dash of ground Cheyenne pepper or few pepper flakes into your individual bowl. You're welcome! 🙂

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. ValentinasCorner.com

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Show 6 Comments
  • Elena 07/08/2016, 4:53 pm

    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

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

  • Karina 06/09/2016, 2:12 am

    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

      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

    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

      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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