Zuppa Tuscana Soup

Recently a dear friend inspired me with the idea of creating a mock Zuppa Tuscana recipe from the classic soup at Olive Garden. This has definitely been my favorite item on their menu for the occasions when we visited this restaurant. After experimenting with making it at home, and experiencing such wonderful results, I just had to share the recipe with you. I am sure there are many variations on the web, but this was our adaption. It is my favorite soup of all time, and my husband was quite impressed. It is a new regular on the menu now! Even with bacon (which is special occasion item at our house) and sausage, this dish cost less than $1 per serving, making it very frugal. Deliciously creamy, rich, and full of flavor, I am sure every family member will love it! Top with shredded parmesan cheese and you will be in heaven! ;)

1/2 lb bacon (preferably natural, nitrate free)
1/2 lb chicken Italian sausage or bulk sausage of your choice
4-6 potatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minsed
6 cups chicken stock (you can easily replace some with water as you have available – I used 4 cups stock, 2 cups water)
2 cups whole milk, half & half, or raw cream
1 head of kale (5-6 leaves, as desired), chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese

In a small pan, cook the bacon. Save bacon grease, if desired. Cool and finely chop. In a large pot, cook the sausage, onions, and garlic (in bacon grease, if desired) until the sausage has browned. Crumble sausage as you cook it. Add the potatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, turn it down to low and simmer for 20 minutes or so, just until the potatoes are tender. Add the milk, kale, and bacon and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes. Season to taste. Top with parmesan cheese for extra flavor! Enjoy! Makes 6-8 servings. Freezes well.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

66 Responses to Zuppa Tuscana Soup

  1. Sabrina May 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Oh. my. goodness!! This recipe rocks! I am so glad I ‘stumbled’ upon it, as it is my very favorite thing to order at the OG. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Rebekah April 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    yum… I used 1 lb turkey sausage and omitted the bacon, and used some sweet potato in addition to red potatoes… I put in 6 cups beef stock, 1 1/2 cups whole milk, and 1/2 cup heavy cream.

  3. Harmony K March 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    This soup is AMAZING! My husband has told me it’s one of his favorite meals, and he doesn’t usually like soups that much! Thanks for the awesome recipe Lindsay!

  4. Rachael March 6, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Trying this in the crockpot with a little variation tonight!

  5. Jennifer Cooper November 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Delicious! This is our new favorite soup. I’m planning to make it for our company Christmas party I’m hosting soon.

  6. Amanda Kaake November 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    This is very good! I doubled the recipe because I knew I’d want to freeze some. I’ll add more meat next time. The flavor was amazing! Oh and I used sun dried tomato chicken sausage. Thanks again for another keeper!

  7. Pam M. October 24, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    This is very similar to the version I make. It is hands-down my guys’ favorit soup! We actually had it last night for supper. :0)

  8. Joy Y. October 16, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    My oldest girls hugged me after trying this soup….ha,ha…I don’t think I was hugged just for soup before. Needless to say, it is a HUGE hit at our house! Thanks, Lindsay!

    Blessings,

    Joy~