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Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup

When the weather is brisk, there is nothing I crave more than a bowl of warm, hearty soup. I’m not too picky when it comes to soups or stews, but my favorite, hands down, is Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup, just like you get from Olive Garden. I can’t say this is a copycat recipe, for the simple fact that it’s loaded with potatoes, bacon, kale and Italian sausage. Each bite is filled with mouthwatering goodness that will warm you from the inside out.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup just like you can get from Olive Garden

Doesn’t that look amazing? The bacon, the Italian sausage, the potatoes, the kale — all of it — it’s the most comforting soup I’ve ever eaten.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup

Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup
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Bacon, potatoes and Italian sausage come together to make this a hearty soup that warms the soul.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 12
  • 12 slices bacon, sliced
  • 2 lbs Johnsonville All Natural Ground Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 5 large russet potatoes, thinly sliced (I used a mandolin to get even slices. I also left the skin on the potatoes because that is how my local restaurant serves it, plus the skin is filled with nutrients)
  • 1 bunch kale, leaves torn from stem and chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook bacon until brown and crispy; transfer to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add ground Italian sausage and cook until evenly browned. Drain excess grease and set aside.
  3. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Carefully add in potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, or until they are tender.
  4. Stir in cooked sausage. Add chopped kale and stir. It will cook down a little as you stir. Once it's cooked down, stir in bacon. Stir in heavy cream, and season with freshly ground black pepper, and salt, if needed.

I’m not one to brag, y’all, but this Zuppa Toscana Soup is absolutely delicious. It’s so hearty and filling that I serve this to my family as a meal. The kids love it, the hubby loves it, and it’s pretty simple & quick to make.

Home Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden

We usually have Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup at lease a couple times of month during the cold months. And any time we go to Olive Garden, it’s our soup of choice.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden

Obviously my family of five can not eat 12 servings in one sitting, but I always make a huge batch so that we have leftovers. I love being able to heat a serving up on the stove for an easy lunch the rest of the week.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden

I have to give a shot out to my dad who first showed me how to make Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup. Thankfully he’s an amazing cook and passes his recipes down to me — thanks DAD!

When it’s cold outside, what is your favorite food that warms you up inside?

A special thank you to Johnsonville for sponsoring this recipe.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Wow that soup looks great. I love homemade soup.

  2. 2

    This sounds delicious. It has a lot of my favorite ingredients in it. I’m sure I would end up putting in more garlic though – I always load up the garlic!

  3. 3

    I love Zuppa Toscano! It’s such a cold day today that soup would be perfect!

  4. 4

    Looks perfect for these cold nights we’ve been having in the desert! I’ve been making lots of hearty soups lately so this one might jump in the rotation!

  5. 5

    My husband loves this soup at Olive Garden. I am so pinning this for him!

  6. 6

    That looks like one tasty soup! Can’t wait to make it!

  7. 7

    I love this soup! This is one of our favorites from Olive Garden. I love being able to recreate favorite recipes at home – thanks for the recipe!

  8. 8

    Olive Garden used to be one of our favorite places to eat when we lived out west. We hate that there are none in our area – we have to drive 2+ hours to get to one!

  9. 9

    Looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to try making this sometime, using fake meat.

  10. 10

    My husband and I were just talking about making a good hearty soup. This would be delicious and perfect for the cold weather.

  11. 11

    I’ve never had this soup, but it sounds delicious! I think I’ll have to give this recipe a try! Thanks!

  12. 12

    Ooh that looks delicious! I think I’m going to make this soon!

  13. 13

    Oh wow I absolutely love this recipe. I hope it’s good to freeze and thaw.

  14. 14

    That looks absolutely amazing! I am going to make sure we try it this winter. It looks perfect for cozying up on a cold winter night!

  15. 15

    YUM YUM YUM! I love the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden so I’ll have to give this a try! My favorite cold-weather meal is chicken and dumplings.

  16. 16

    This is one of my most favorite soups, ever! Every single thing in it is something I love. This soup, a laof of bread and some wine is a perfect snowy evening!

  17. 17

    I have to say this is probably my all time favorite soup. I could eat it like crazy! Love to have a home recipe for it! Thanks.

  18. 18

    That looks amazing!! I have been craving soup, I need to make this.

  19. 19

    This looks amazing! I have only had Zuppa Toscana at the Olive Garden and love it. Giving this recipe a pin.

  20. 21

    This soup looks good. I’ve never had it even though I go to OG often. I’ll have to check it out on the next trip. My favorite warm me up dish is chili. It is soooo good with a hot and buttery cheese toast.

  21. 22

    Never heard of his before but probably has something to do with the fact I have never been to an Olive Garden. Sad I know, but they don’t exist where I live. Looks totally delicious though.

  22. 23

    This sounds tasty, and now I want Olive Garden!

  23. 24

    I make my husband and son Zuppa usually once a month, they love it! And it’s the only time I can get them to have kale.

  24. 25

    This is my absolute favorite thing at Olive Garden! I even craved it when I was pregnant with my third child and hubs attempted to make a homemade version, which turned out pretty wonderful. I look forward to giving your recipe a try soon!

  25. 26

    This soup looks delicious, especially now! I’ll have to try it!

  26. 27

    My husband orders this all the time when we go to Olive Garden, it is his favorites. I so need to make this for him!

  27. 28

    I love soup when it’s cold outside and this looks so rich and creamy! I can’t wait to try it out!

  28. 29

    It has been so cold the past few days, I would love some soup like this to warm me up! And it has bacon – an added bonus in my books!

  29. 30

    I absolutely love Zuppa Toscana Soup! It’s one of my all time favorite soups!

  30. 31

    That looks so deliciously nice and creamy!

  31. 32

    That looks absolutely delicious! It’s been a little warm here in LA these past few weeks but I think we’d still enjoy a scrumptious bowl of this any day 🙂

  32. 33

    OMG that sounds amazing. There is nothing like soup on a cold winter day!

  33. 34

    This looks amazing. It’s just the thing for a cold fall or winter day.

  34. 35

    This looks so comforting and delicious. Warm soup is always my go to when it’s cold and grey outside.

  35. 36

    That looks so good and creamy. I love soups so I have to try this.

  36. 37

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing! We got a bunch of snow overnight and I see more soup making in my immediate future. Pinning this now!

  37. 38

    I have to try making this. I need to add some more soup recipes to my collection!

  38. 39
    Debbie Denny says:

    I think this is a perfect soup. Comfort food.

  39. 40

    Wow this looks really great. We are all about soups lately and this looks so good!

  40. 41

    I’ve never heard of this, but it looks and sounds delicious!

  41. 42

    wow! That soups looks so rich and yummy! I bet it was delish

  42. 43
    Catherine S says:

    This looks and sounds really good. I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the recipe..

  43. 44

    This soup looks delicious ! I can’t wait to try it out for myself!

  44. 45

    That soup looks tasty! I really love soups and trying different kinds. This looks like one I’m going to have to take a stab at!

  45. 46
    christina aliperti says:

    Yum! This would be perfect with a salad, italian bread and some good wine! I love soup!

  46. 47
    Harriet says:

    You have got to love a great copycat recipe like this one it. Looks great!

  47. 48

    Your soup looks so creamy and delicious! I’ve actually never had this soup before but I can’t wait to give it a try.

  48. 49

    This is the soup I love from Olive Garden! I had no idea you could make it yourself.

  49. 50

    That soup looks yummy. I bet my family would eat it up!!

  50. 51

    I bet this tastes better than OG! I love love zuppa toscana!

  51. 52

    Now that looks amazing! Pinning so we can try it soon!

  52. 53

    I pinned this one. It’s one of my hubby’s faves and I’ve never made it at home!

  53. 54

    This soup looks soo yummy! I can’t wait to try it. It’d go perfect with this weather we’ve been having!

  54. 55

    This soup sounds amazing. Anything with potatoes and sausage and I’m in!

  55. 56

    Another recipe my husband would love for me to make. I’d have to use something other than heavy cream. Would 2% milk work?

  56. 58
    valerie g says:

    oh this looks really good. I have never made it before. I will have to try this soon!

  57. 59

    My favorite kind of soup is homemade. I want to try this recipe.

  58. 60

    Oh, this looks SOOOO good! I love potato-based soups.

  59. 61

    This sounds amazing!! I love making soup?

  60. 62

    That looks amazing! I love anything with potatoes and sausage!

  61. 63

    I love soup. It is one of my favorite things to make and eat. I am definitely trying this one.

  62. 64

    Oh yum! That looks so delicious. Italian soups are my favorites.

  63. 65

    Bacon, Sausage, potatoes and kale!!! This looks like a combination of my FAVOURITE foods!! I an’t wait to try it!

  64. 66

    I love a thick hearty soup in the winter. This soups looks hearty and delish! A must try.

  65. 67

    This is by far one of my favorite Olive Garden offerings! I have made this soup several times for my family and I always love it. Something about Bacon, kale, sausage and potatoes that just is so deliciously comforting!

  66. 68

    That soup looks absolutely delicious. Love homemade soup in the winter!

  67. 69

    Any freshly grated parmesan cheese on this soup, at OG they put parm cheese on everything, I have a copycat recipe for their chicken & gnocci soup, this soup sounds delish, will try it. Thank you! Ann

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