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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe for Kale and Sausage Soup - Happy Hooligans
Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This cream-based soup is chock-full of bacon, potato, sausage and kale. It's easy to make, and tastes just as good (if not better) than the Olive Garden's recipe.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Best Soup Recipe, Olive Garden Knock Off, Sausage and kale Soup, Zuppa Toscana
Servings: 8
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Jackie Currie
  • 1 lb spicy ground sausage I often just chop up 3 jumbo sausages.  I like the "medium-spicy" ones, but use mild if you're opposed to heat
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 4 slices fried chopped bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 cubes of chicken bouillon or as much liquid bouillon as you'd need for 9 cups of liquid water
  • 3 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups fresh kale chopped
  1. Sauté your sausage in a large pot until it's cooked through.  Drain the grease, and remove the sausage, and pop it into the refrigerator.  You won't be needing it for a while.
  2. Leave a little bit of grease in the pot (maybe a tbsp or so).
  3. Now you're going to fry your bacon in this pot.  You want to use the pot that you just cooked your sausage in because it has all that flavourful sausage goodness in there.
  4. Sauté your bacon until it's half-way cooked, and then add your onions and garlic, and continue to cook over LOW heat until the bacon is fully cooked and the onions and garlic are soft.
  5. Add a bit of your water to deglaze your pot, and then add the rest of the water and the bouillon, and bring it all to a boil.
  6. Toss in your cubed potatoes, and cook over medium heat until the potatoes are cooked.  This generally takes about a half-hour.
  7. Stir in the cream.
  8. Add your sausage and chopped kale, and heat through.
Nutrition Facts
Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 406mg18%
Potassium 599mg17%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2155IU43%
Vitamin C 31.2mg38%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.