Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copy Cat) Soup Recipe

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Every Easter, as with most holiday’s I always buy a huge bag of potatoes to make either mashed potatoes or some sort of potato dish. And every time, I always end up with at least half the bag of potato’s after.

Do you tend to end up with leftover potatoes after a holiday meal? Then I have the perfect recipe for you!

Zuppa Toscana Soup, an Olive Garden copycat recipe.

After looking online at a few different ways to make this, and trying it out for myself, I came out with this one, which was perfect.

It’s actually a pretty easy recipe to follow and makes enough, for us to have for lunch the next day too.

I even made this last night, with some delicious, oven baked Pepperidge Farm Ecce Panis bread from Walmart. Which of course doesn’t last long in this house, since we are all big bread lovers.

I was a little disappointed that there where not more Ecce Panis breads to choose from when I went shopping at Walmart (which you can check out over at my Google+ page), so I ended up buying the 6 pack of mini french breads, which actually worked out perfect. You heat them up in the oven, and serve warm with a little butter, or use to dunk into the soup like we love to do.

It’s almost like having home baked bread, which is especially nice on the nights when when I just don’t have the time to make it from scratch.

To start, you want to brown the Italian sausage in a pan. You can use mild sausage & red pepper flakes instead, but I think the hot sausage was perfect by it’s self. Although, it did leave a little red oily layer on top of the soup. That didn’t bother me though.


When it’s done, add it into a stockpot. Then using that same pan, saute the onions, and cook the bacon.

Add the onions to the stockpot, and after crumbling the cooked bacon, add that too.

Add diced, unpeeled (washed) potatoes, 3 cans of chicken stock, and a cup of water.

Cook on medium high about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

De-vain and chop the Kale. Add to stockpot with a pint of heavy whipping cream. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the Kale is tender.

A little salt and pepper, and your ready to serve!

Don’t forget to serve the soup with some bake at home Ecce Panis Bread.


If your interested in checking out some other recipes, along with more varieties of Ecce Panis Bread you can click over to Family Meal Ideas from Ecce Panis or become a fan of Pepperidge Farms on Facebook.

Copycat Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden) Soup


1 hour

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 3 cans 14.5 oz. Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4-5 strips of bacon
  • 4 cups chopped Kale
  • 1 lb Hot Italian Ground Sausage
  • 2-3 large potatoes, unpeeled, diced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a frying pan, cook sausage until browned. Place it into a stockpot when done.
  2. In the same frying pan, cook bacon and saute the diced onion. Put the onions in the same stockpot, and after crumbling the bacon up, place in stockpot as well.
  3. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, and water to stockpot. Cook on med high for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add chopped Kale and whipping cream, cook for another 15 minutes or until the Kale is tender.
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste. Let cool and serve.


Serve with warm Ecce Panis bread on the side.



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In 2010, Hanan went from talking about her parenting up’s and down’s on private forums to discussing them with literally everyone on the internet with her blog EAT. CRAFT. PARENT. (formally Lilac City Momma). Since then, she’s had the opportunity to talk about parenting, cooking, photography, marriage, crafts, faith, and so much more. She also shares her opinions on everyday products from food to baby gear, and everything in between. With three little girls all under six, there is never a dull moment in their home. When she’s not blogging she’s chatting about parenting and life in general on Facebook and Twitter, or wasting way too much time on Pinterest.

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  1. Lolo says:

    Looks amazing! I love Kale. I am going to have to try this recipe!

  2. amber says:

    Looks delicious. I’ve not ever tried kale.
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  3. Maryann says:

    That sounds yummy and other than the bread it is a GF food. Maybe you could use coconut milk and even make it casein free. That would be awesome and even healthier with the MCFA found in coconut milk.
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    • Hanan says:

      I never think about GF, since we don’t have to worry about it. But that is awesome you mentioned that! Thanks for pointing it out =)

  4. Billie says:

    My sister-in-law makes this every year and my husband and son rave about it. I think I should make it so they can rave about mine, lol.
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  5. That looks so delicious! I need to send your post to my friend! He loves that soup!!
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  6. My husband LOVES the Zuppa Toscano soup at Olive Garden and this looks ike something I could make.
    I have pinned it and cannot wait to try it.
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  7. Joy Williams says:

    Looks great! I have pinned it and can’t wait to try it out soon!
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  8. Jen says:

    Yummy – sounds delish and you pictures are making me hungry!
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  9. Michele says:

    This recipe is great!!! taste just like olive gardens, honestly I think its a little better! If it was up to my family they would want me to make it every night. Thank you, this is awesome :)

  10. sara says:

    Could this be done in a crockpot?

    • I’ve never tried cooking it in the crock pot. If I did, I’d probably cook the meat first, then add everything into and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Let me know if you try it that way!

  11. Erin says:

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!! I made some “healthy” changes. I used turkey sausage, vegetable broth, turkey bacon, and evaporated milk instead of whipping cream. SUPER!!!

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