Zuppa Toscana Soup [Olive Garden Copycat]

For those of you who have tasted and fallen in love with the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup, this is the recipe for you!

I find that it tastes just like the restaurants! It is known at our house as “The Olive Garden Soup”.

What’s sp fantastic about the soup is the flavor, but yet you don’t add any seasoning.

I know all of you will love this recipe.

zuppa toscana soup recipe

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Updated November 2017: There are a few other versions I have made that originated from this recipe. Last year, I made this Paleo Zuppa Toscana recipe that uses coconut milk, instead of whipping cream. It worked really well, and my picky husband loved it.

Zuppa Toscana

This copycat Olive Garden soup is a recipe I make often. Sometimes I swap ingredients to try something new, but most of the time I stay pretty darn close to this recipe.

Did you know that Zuppa means soup? So to call this recipe Zuppa Toscana soup is a bit redundant, but this recipe was originally posted way back in 2009 before I knew this fun fact.

zuppa toscana ingredients

Zuppa Toscana in the CrockPot.

One day last week, I knew that I was going to have no time in the afternoon to let a soup simmer so I fried up the hot Italian sausage and bacon, tossed everything in the slow cooker and put together a Crockpot Zuppa Toscana.

To make it in the Instant Pot would be similar to the slow cooker. Saute the sausage, drain, then add the ingredients and hit the soup button (or go for 10 minutes).

washed kale in a bowl

TBK’s Pro Tip: The longer you simmer this zuppa toscana copycat, the better it tastes. Like all soups, this recipe tastes AMAZING the next day (that’s if there are any leftovers).

Variations of the recipe

Originally this classic soup recipe had bacon, but after making it almost every month I didn’t notice a difference with taste with or without bacon. So to keep the caloric content down a bit I made it without.

If you love bacon, feel free to add it back in but I don’t find it makes a difference.

overhead shot of red pepper flakes of zuppa toscana

That’s the amazing thing about homemade soups.

You can always play around with the recipe and see what works best for your family. I have deviated away from the original recipe many times.

If you don’t like kale, try spinach or swiss chard. That being said, I find you don’t “taste” kale and its heartiness makes this recipe work. If you find the kale too tough, simmer double the time I suggested in the recipe card below.

bowl full of a creamy sausage and kale soup

How to make Zuppa Toscana

This recipe is such a comfort in the winter and fall months. This is my husband’s favorite soup recipe. He’s always asking for “The Olive Garden Soup”. I make it so often that I no longer need to read the recipe, it’s engraved in my brain – and those are the best kind of recipes

copycat recipe of zuppa toscana

21 Day Fix Container Counts

By popular demand, I am now offering the container counts for the Ultimate Portion Fix. I’ll be slowly updating all my recipes so you can use my recipes for Beachbody programs like 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession, Liift4, and more.

Here are the counts for this creamy scallops recipe:

The full recipe has: 6 green, 8 red, 4 yellow, 4 blue.

Per 1 cup serving: 2/3 green, 3/4 red, 1/3 yellow, 1/3 blue.

Cream isn’t technically 21 Day Fix approved, but if it’s something you love and want to have every so often, I don’t believe in deprivation. I believe in living your life so I made it fit for this recipe.

Hearty Soup Recipes on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

You may also love these soup recipes (I have a ton of soup recipes here on the blog because I am a soup fiend).

What’s your favorite soup recipe? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Supplies needed:

The key to this recipe is canned broth. I have used broth and it’s not the same as canned soup.

A quality stockpot is also important. This one on Amazon has some great reviews for a low price.

bowl full of a creamy sausage and kale soup
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Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)

Copycat recipe for The Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup. This soup is gluten free is a great soup for winter and fall. Comfort in a bowl!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword olive garden soup recipe, soup, zuppa toscana


  • Stock pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 197kcal


  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage casings removed
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups kale torn by hand.
  • 2 cans chicken broth canned soup is the key
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream.
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • Fry up the hot Italian sausage, drain the fat and set it aside when done.
  • In a large stock pot: add your onions, potatoes, garlic, chicken broth and water. Cover and bring it to a boil, and then reduce to medium heat. Cook until potatoes are done, about 30 minutes.
  • Add the cooked hot Italian sausage to the pot. Let boil for ten minutes. Then at the kale, simmer for another ten minutes. Make sure you don’t add the stems to the soup. Personally, I don’t like the texture and I find the taste is bitter. *Updated February 12, 2014: I have found the kale to still be a little too crunchy so I simmer for twenty minutes*.
  • Bring the simmer down to a lower heat and add your cream and red pepper flakes. Heat through, I usually let it go from another ten or so minutes.


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21 Day Fix Container Counts

The full recipe has: 6 green, 8 red, 4 yellow, 4 blue.
Per 1 cup serving: 2/3 green, 3/4 red, 1/3 yellow, 1/3 blue.
Cream isn’t technically 21 Day Fix approved, but if it’s something you love and want to have every so often, I don’t believe in deprivation. I believe in living your life so I made it fit for this recipe.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3088IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg
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36 comments on “Zuppa Toscana Soup [Olive Garden Copycat]”

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  2. This sounds like the perfect recipe for a cold winter day.

  3. That looks delicious! We love the Olive Garden food but don’t live close to a location. We’ll have to try this!

  4. I LOVE The Olive Garden! I wish it was back around here, but I stop in whenever I cross the border. This recipe looks and sounds delicious!

  5. I used to LOVE LOVE the Olive Garden when they had one in Toronto and I always try to find one when we travel. I will definitely be bookmarking this. Have to figure out how to use up all the kale we bought!

  6. Oh my goodness, it has been a decade since I have been to the Olive Garden. We don’t have one local. But this recipe looks like a winner. I love soup, will be coming back to make this for sure! Thanks!

  7. Soups and sandwiches are my weaknesses on a rainy afternoon. I’ve never had Toscana but am super excited to try it. It looks delicious!!

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  9. MMM! I love Olive Garden Soups!! This one is a fav of mine. I will have to work this into our fall menus for sure. Thanks for posting!

  10. I’ve never even been to Olive Garden but I am definitely craving for that soup right now because it looks and sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. when is the heavy cream added

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  13. I made this soup last night and it was amazing!! My co-worker loves to try the food I cook at home, but she doesn’t eat pork. Is there a substitution for the sausage that would have similarly amazing results?

  14. I’ve made this 3 times so far, once following the recipe, once with chicken sausage, and now once doubled (it just went too fast!). Relatively cheap ingredients too 🙂 Wasn’t a big fan of kale before, but with this soup, I can’t get enough! This is a permanent entry in my recipe box.

  15. I cannot wait to make this. Thank you for aharing this. I have a question…does it need to be heavy cream or can I use evaporated milk?

    • I’m not sure Danielle. In all honesty I have never cooked with evaporated milk before. You can just use regular milk, I’ve done that.

  16. I have a pot on the stove right now and I can’t wait for dinner! I added the kale just after I combined the potatoes and onions because I’ve cooked kale enough ( greens and beans junkie) to know it takes longer to cook than sliced potatoes. As I suspected the broth turned slightly green. Do you think I’ll have a shamrock shake colored soup after I add the cream?

  17. Yummy looks and sounds delish , i love soup , always looking for something new to make thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. I love this soup at Olive Garden! I can’t wait to try making it at home. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. I’ve never heard of this before but it looks delicious and I like the ingredients

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  21. Yeah, we used to to Olive Garden to get this, but it’s so expensive now to eat out (with a bigger family). Thus, we just make it at home. We love recipe too, but we use Chef Jeffrey’s — which is good too. His is more complicated than yours, but I think we will try yours. We do it in the Instant Pot which really infuses flavor, so you might try that too (one day). We never used pepper flakes, but we might copy that from yours.

  22. 5 stars
    My family loved this soup!!! Thanks 

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