Recipe for Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup #CopyCatRecipe

10/19/2014 5:00 pm · 1 comment

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat, someone else cooks it, cleans up and all I have to do is enjoy it!  But, I always feel sick once the bill comes and I realize I have paid as much for one meal as a whole cart of grocery’s .   In order for me to stay home and raise my kids, eating out is one of the things we have cut out.  We try to fit it in our budget at least once a month.  So instead I have learned to make some of our favorite restaurant meals at home.   One of our favorites is the wonderful zuppa toscana sausage, potato soup at Olive Garden.  I made it this weekend for my family, and I thought I would pass this thrifty recipe on to you! This recipe will make a LARGE pot of soup and normal feeds my family a few meals. Or we share with friends!

Start out  with  1.5 lb of  your favorite brand of Italian sausage.  I always buy the mild, but if you like it a little spicy get the hot. This is my family’s favorite, we find it at Walmart.

009Put the sausage and one medium onion (diced) into a large soup pot.  On Medium heat brown the sausage and onion.

012I like to let mine get a little “crisp” around the edges, it seems to hold together better in the soup.

013Once the meat is cooked you will need to drain it, because it will  have a lot of grease on it. You can even rinse it if you want, but I just normally drain it.  I like to have a little bit to help flavor the soup.  ( One time I did not drain it and the soup was really oily…did not work so well)

011You will need 6-8 medium potatoes.  Wash them really well, and then dice with the skin on.

014To the pot you just cooked the Sausage in add

  • 6-8 cups chicken broth ( if you do not have it you can substitute water, but broth tastes MUCH better)
  • the diced potatoes with skin on
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon black pepper ( if you want to spice up ad some red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon)

015While the pan is still cool add in 3 cups of  heavy cream ( you can substitute with whole milk or half and half , but the cream is best)

It is important to add this while the broth is still cool, if you add it to a boiling pot the cream will curdle

UPDATE*** I have now found I like to add the cream at the VERY END just before serving. You might try this option as well. 

016

Now add the drained, cook sausage back to the pot, and turn on medium heat.

019Slowing bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring every few minutes so you do not scald the cream.

Once it comes to a boil turn down to medium / low heat so it can simmer for 20 minutes

017While your soup in simmering, wash your Kale very well, it has lots of green leaves for dirt to hide in.

I had never eaten or heard of kale before this recipe, but we LOVE it now!

018Once you have washed it, take off the stock, it is not very good for eating.  You just want the Kale leaf.  Then chop the kale into small bite sized pieces.

You will need about 6 cups, uncooked.

020Once the soup has been simmering for 20  min, add the  6 cups of chopped kale, cover again and simmer another 30 mins.

You will see the soup has a orange look to it, that is from the little bit of grease left from cooking the sausage, it is just a light layer but stays on top the pot.  If  you rinse the meat you will not get that thin layer, it is personal choice, taste fine either way.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
You can top with a little bit of grated cheese, and enjoy!  My whole family loves this and I hope you enjoy this recipe too!

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41 comments
Pam
Pam

I made this tonight, after checking my email at work and finding this posted. Delish !!! Thanks so much for easing me and my family into the weekend on a tasty note - this one is a keeper that I will be making again, for sure !

Helen in Meridian
Helen in Meridian

Thank you. I made this last night. Had DH bring home some kale from Albertsons. Meanwhile I had the rest a cookin in my red cast iron big pot. It really does make a lot, like 7 qts. This is the first time I have used kale. Is it had to grow? If not I would like to plant some to expand our taste and improve our health.

nancy
nancy

my favorite soup at OG. i love the pictures as well. reminds me of pinoneer woman's recipes/website.thanks so much for sharing! you are amazing.

Kacey Justus
Kacey Justus

Looks identical to the recipe I have and mine also has crisp crumbled bacon in it. My husband said it tasted better than Olive Garden's when I surprised him one day. I made focaccia bread and tossed a salad together to go with the soup. Most people don't even realize how simple it is to come up with the same dish as the restaurants. And alot cheaper too!

Rebecca
Rebecca

This looks great! And may I say, what great planning you have done, keeping up with the blog while in the hospital! You guys are so amazing and like many on here I so appreciate your site - it is one of my favorites. Thank you for all the work you do! I hope you are getting some sleep - LOL. To healthy recipe - Kale is found in produce section usually near the romaine, red leaf lettuce etc.

Sunny
Sunny

We have an awesome recipe for the Olive Garden Minestrone Soup. Not eating meat in our family is sometimes a challenge, but the Minestrone soup is awesome and makes so much. It would be great to see you suggest recipes that can be made meatless.

Jen
Jen

What in the world are you doing posting stuff on this blog?! :) I have been dying to try this since you posted it a while back and it just looks even more delicious now that I am pregnant and have yet to eat lunch today! lol :) Hope you and the little guy (and the rest of the family) are doing wonderful!!

Natalie
Natalie

Roberta, if you happen to read this, would you share your healthier recipe for this soup. I would never make something with 3 cups of cream in it but the concept sounds good......well I might adjust the amount/type of sausage too! Maybe this recipe just isn't for me! I guess one of the reasons restaurant food tastes good is the amount of fat and the number of calories in it.

Amber
Amber

um...please tell me you are not lying in a hospital bed after just having a baby worrying about posting recipes for us...

Amanda
Amanda

Great recipe, might have to try this, sounds good.

Christina
Christina

I got this recipe years ago and we love it! Funny enough I've never had the soup at Olive Garden itself. Haha! Good sharing!

Leslie
Leslie

Affordable and delicious! Thanks for posting these awesome recipes. I have four children and keeping within the budget is a challenge. Thanks for sharing!

Roberta
Roberta

I make a similar version of this soup and only add a touch of cream (like a few TBSP's). Just enough to change the color and counteract the oils of the sausage. My husband says it's exactly like Zuppa Toscana and we all love it.

Bev Tank
Bev Tank

We love this soup and can't wait to be able to make it at home! And I just found potatoes at Fred Meyer 10 lb bag for $1.38.

Sheila B
Sheila B

I love it when you post recipes with pictures! Thanks

MOnica
MOnica

I make this all the time! Only thing different I do is add garlic and sliced bacon :) also once the potatoes are done I add the cream at the end :) we LOVE this soup!!

Wanetta
Wanetta

This soup sounds great. Want to try it. Keep up your great work. I visit several times a day but not very computer savvy so don't answer often. Thank You Wanetta

Heather
Heather

Awesome post! I love this soup at the Olive Garden. I actually just had it today. My husband took a vacation day today and we went out to Olive Garden for lunch for the soup, salad and breadsticks deal when my daughter was at school. Thanks for the recipe! Now I can make it at home!

Carrie
Carrie

Thanks for including pictures!

maygan
maygan

Just wanted to mention briefly the orange is normal. I worked at an OG for years and we used to just stir the soup before scooping it into bowls- it was always that color on top. ...and while it is better with the kale- it's entirely possible to leave that out.

Felicia
Felicia

This looks absolutely delicious! Nice presentation as well... :)

Jessica P.
Jessica P.

I can't wait to try it! Toscana is always our favorite at Olive Garden, thanks!

terri lee
terri lee

i am gonna try this recipe i have'nt eaten anything at OLIVE GARDEN that i did not like. I love your website!

Natalie
Natalie

I love this soup! Thanks for posting the recipe!

jenissa
jenissa

this sounds great! I'm working on making my meals freezer friendly... do you think I could make this up to adding the potatoes and then freeze it? (Freeze the potatoes raw), and add everything but the kale and put in a freezer bag, then just put the kale in when I'm making it? Also, is kale a strong flavor? I've never had kale before... any substitutes besides kale? thanks!

patty
patty

Thanks so much for this recipe, it's my husbands favorite soup at Olive Garden. He gets this every time we go. Can't wait to make it. I'll let you know how it comes out.

Summer
Summer

Looks delicious! I look forward to trying it as soon as it cools off here. I just can't bring myself to make/eat soup when it's warm out :)

Carol
Carol

This looks great! I have been wondering what to do with all the potatoes we have, and now I have a new recipe to try. Thanks for posting it!

Ali Smith
Ali Smith

This is my FAVE at Olive Garden! I cannot WAIT to try this out!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

Emilee
Emilee

that is also my favorite at the Olvie Garden! It was a lifesaver for me to find that recipe (although mine is a little different-I also add a few strips of bacon, garlic and onion). One of my favorite cooking websites is http://recipes.robbiehaf.com/ she has lots of other resturant recipes that are super easy and taste just like the real thing.

wendy
wendy

Looks very yummy. do you happen to have any good potato soup recipies? I have never made homemade soup .... but now that the weather is getting cooler ... I would love to try & make some!

londa
londa

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. This is my favorite soup at the Olive Garden but like you, we eat out rarely as well. We have two small boys and our youngest has some health problems which end up eating at our budget so I really appreciate everything you do and all your hard work on this blog. Please know, your blog is so much appreciated! I check it multiple times a day! Thanks again, looking forward to trying this recipe this week! Londa

Amy B.
Amy B.

I found this recipe once before, I made it the kids LOVED it....... my husband ate it but didn't like it........ afterwards he told me he doesn't like the peel on the potatoe.........uggg. well I like it just the way it is!!!!

christina
christina

Anything w/ potatos is sure to be a hit w/ my husband! It's his fav food, potatos, LOL! Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it out! Christina

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

If you want to send some our way, we would be happy to post them..

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Jenissa I am not sure...but I have cooked it before and then put it in the freezer it worked fine.

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Wendy I will post more recipes as I make them this fall

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