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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
29 reviews
4 comments

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   4
  

recipe id: 1869
cook method: oven, stovetop
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe
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This copycat recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany soup) is made with spicy sausage, potatoes, onion, bacon, kale, and heavy whipping cream.

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ingredients

12 small spicy sausage links
2 medium potatoes, cut in half lengthwise, and then cut into 1/4" slices
3/4 cup onions, diced
6 slices bacon
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups kale leaves, cut in half, then sliced
2 tablespoons chicken base
1 quart water
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Place sausage links onto a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until done; cut in half length-wise, then cut at an angle into 1/2 inch slices.

Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are almost clear. Remove bacon and crumble. Add garlic to the onions and cook an additional 1-minute. Add chicken base, water, and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add crumbled bacon, sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

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nutrition

559 calories, 47 grams fat, 19 grams carbohydrates, 16 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Delicious. Two suggested changes: use sausage out of casing and eliminate heavy cream.


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This is so good! my family loved it. I substituted spinach for kale and added right before serving. Beautiful


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This was always my favorite soup at The Olive Garden. So excited that I can make something as equally good at home. MAke sure to use good sausage, not something low-fat.


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I love this soup. Had it at OG then decided to try to find recipe. This one is spot on I use hot italian sausage take the casing off crumble and fry. Give it the right amount of heat. Making some tonight as a matter of fact


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Apr 3, 2012





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Very nice recipe. One of my husband's favorites at OG and he said there is no need to waste money for what we can do at home. He did feel like there was too much bacon. Next time, I will use 3 strips of bacon. I did add more water, roughly two cups, to make it more soupy.

We paired the soup with a CDKitchen Red Lobster Biscuit recipe. Such a delightful dinner for this family of 5.


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Feb 19, 2012





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Should have chosen spicier sausage, but I really like it mild. This is a fabulous recipe and I got to use my home grown kale in it!!


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Sep 27, 2010





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outstanding recipe. my wife, not a big sausage fan, loved it. i added a cup of broth and a cup of water to make it more "soupy" definitly a keeper


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I'm not sure why this recipe calls for sliced sausage. What should be used is Hot Italian bulk sausage, like Jimmy Dean, cooked and crumbled in a frying pan. If you don't use spicy sausage, make sure to add hot pepper flakes. Also, I would definitely use kale for the greens. In Olive Garden's Toscana the kale is torn into pieces about 2x2 inches (it'll wilt a little) not cut into strips.


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Feb 11, 2008





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This is really good has a unique flavour, kale is a strong tasting veg. but this pulls together very well - Bonnie Niagara Falls


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Very good soup. I am not a soup eater but I love this one, Does anyone know if you can freeze this soup? I want to make a bigger batch the next time but only if I can freeze it


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Guest Foodie

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I make this soup all of the time. My husband loves it. To make it a little healthier, I use hot italian turkey sausage, taken out of the casings and diced. I also use low fat half and half instead of heavy cream. Delicious!


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Very good starting spot for anyone trying to make this soup. There are a few things wrong though. You should not use link sausage. I also think Cilantro makes a better leaf for this soup than Kale.

All around very good though!


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Very good starting spot for anyone trying to make this soup. There are a few things wrong though. You should not use link sausage. I also think Cilantro makes a better leaf for this soup than Kale.

All around very good though!


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I made this on sweetest day for my hubby and he ate it all. I had one bowl and he even ate the leftovers I put in the fridge in the middle of the night. He wants me to make some more later on in the wk. We'll see:)


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SisterPed

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This is a great recipe. I find putting the sausage links in the oven to cook really improves the flavor of the links. Easy and very tasty. Try it you'll love it as we do.


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Jun 28, 2008





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The Olive Garden toscana soup DOES have crushed red peper flakes, therefore, this recipe should include the flakes. Furthermore, seasoning is completely opted out in this recipe, I seasoned it after I added in all the ingredients at the end and seasoned with black pepper and salt(TT) . For the sausage(italian sausage) it should be browned on a skillet and not baked as the recipe suggests, which just doesn't make sense. This is my favorite soup and I get it quite often at olive garden so I'm very firmiliar with it. Its a delicious and quite simple. Also I believe kale works the best for the greens.


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Jun 22, 2008





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I made this last night, it was easy and fun and it tasted great. I used a pound of jimmy dean hot sausage, cooked it in a skillet and crumbled it up to put in the soup, it gave it the right amount of heat. I will definatley make this for my family again, they loved it.


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It's close to OG's,and yummy, but I am certain there is no bacon in the soup. Also, I like the spicy hot Italian crumbly sausage rather than the links. Also, to keep it low fat, I substitute evaporated skim milk or fat free half 'n' half for whipping cream. Drain off most or all of the sausage fat. Use more canned low/no fat chicken broth and skip the water and you are now in the healthy soup category.I'm addicted to the stuff.


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I used Hot Italian sausage...no need to add red pepper flakes. This recipe is DEAD ON PERFECT and my family couldn't be happier!


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Guest Foodie

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One thing thats missing is chili peper flakes Toscan has a bit of a kick and its the flakes that do it. Also add pepper and the sausage should be Itlaina sausage.


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Jul 15, 2007





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Wow its just like Olive Gardens, I now can make it at home and enjoy as much as I want...


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AWESOME!! We have it all the time!!


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The best soup EVER! I use 2 cans of chicken broth and one quart of water for the liquid. Also, I use a half pound of hot italian ground sausage. It worked better than the little links. We make this soup all the time! SO GOOD!


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WOW!! My family is in love with this soup! I think it is now our new favorite...in fact have a pot of it cooking right now.


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This is a fantastic recipe! Just like the original. I prefer to place sausage and bacon on paper towels to get rid of as much oil as possible before adding it to soup. My husband likes it thick so I use a little less water and a little more cream. But recipe is awesome as is!!!!


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Oct 1, 2006





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This was very yummy. Alot like the original. I think we used too much sausage this time b/c we used six larger links that were about the size of a brat. They didn't have the smaller version in the store. Still great though...I plan on making it over and over. Also added a bit more broth and cream at the end b/c it didn't seem "soupy" enough.


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Jaymee

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I am addicted to this soup so I had to add some comments. I love to grill up hot italian sausage for sandwiches--with onions and peppers. I do the 5 pack of sausages for my husband and me. I use the leftovers just for this soup. I have found 1 1/2 sausages are the perfect amount and I chop up the grilled onions to go in too. The smokiness from the grill adds the punch that puts this soup over the top. Also for a shortcut, I use a box of chicken broth and enough cream to get the broth just right. If you have no fresh greens on hand, you can even throw in a fistful of drained frozen spinach as a substitute. Oh maaan, this makes me HUNGRY!!!!


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I was OBSESSED with this soup when I had it at Olive Garden. I followed this recipe and I must say, it tasted JUST like the original. Super easy, super yummy! You can adjust the heat to your liking (or just use hot sausage) Enjoy!


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it is so great you cannot tell the diference between olive gardens or this recipe i made it for several friends and relatives and it was gone in less than a hour and now calling me to either make some more or the recipe for it.IT IS exceptional


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Sep 21, 2004





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This is the closest recipe I've found for this soup. It is very rich and delicious. There was none left.


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Sep 21, 2004





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I made this recipe and I couldn't
tell the difference between mine and olive garden's it was excellent
great stuff


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Aug 4, 2005





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I tried this recipe on 11/6, it was so good that my brother-in-law had 5 bowls!!! Now he thinks I am actually a good cook :) Thank you


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Sep 21, 2004





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I tried this recipe on 9/19. I thought it was delicious!!!
I'm going to try the Pasta E Fagioli, but not the 9 qts.


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