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Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Soup

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Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana soup at home?  Yes! This soup defines everything that is good in the world and restores my faith in the human race.  Ok, that may be going a little too far, but it is seriously good soup… and simple, too.  I love everything about this soup but I don’t have an Olive Garden near my house, so I did the next best thing, and decided to make my own.  So let’s get started!

Here is what you will need for 4 big bowls:
1 lb Hot Italian Sausage
2 medium Russet Potatoes, sliced thin
1 large Onion, chopped fine
2 slices Bacon
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3 cups Chicken broth
3 cups Water
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

First, cook your sausage with the bacon over medium heat until cooked through, about 7 minutes.  You can do this right in your soup pot so you only have 1 pot to clean.

Drain the sausage and bacon on paper towels.

Wipe out the pot, leaving a little grease in the bottom to cook the onions.

Cook the onions on medium heat for 4 minutes, then add in the garlic for about 2 more minutes.

While the onions and garlic are cooking, Slice your potatoes.

When the onions and garlic are done, add the chicken broth, water and potatoes.  Simmer until the potatoes are done.

Add Sausage and Bacon, and simmer while you get the final ingredients ready.

Ok, now roughly chop up the Kale , discarding the stem.  Add your Kale and turn the heat down to low.  Cook until the kale is wilted, about 15 minutes.  

Final step, add the Heavy Whipping Cream and cook until that is warmed through.

And that’s it.  Serve with warm bread sticks to dunk for the real Olive Garden experience… YUM!

Check out this Zuppa Toscana recipe and more with step-by-step instructions at www.theviewfrom8600ft.com!  While you're there, check out my Olive Garden Style Chicken Con Broccoli recipe too!


DBuzz4011 year ago
You mention kale in the recipe, but not in the ingredients list. How much kale do you use? Sounds like a great interpretation of Zuppa Toscana!
Kristinanndavidson (author)  DBuzz4011 year ago
I'm sorry, I'll fix that. I used 1 bunch with the stem removed and discarded. It comes out to be about 3 cups.
Kristinanndavidson (author) 1 year ago
Cement Truck- Try HOT turkey sausage and bacon bits instead of bacon for a lot lighter soup, I have made it that way and it's still really good
CementTruck2 years ago
One of my all time favorite soups. Too bad I can't have it all that often (not heart healthy). My pet name for it is "Liquid Chapstick".

I just LOVE the zuppa toscana! Your recipe sounds great!