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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe for Kale and Sausage Soup - Happy Hooligans
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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

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.
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon, Best Soup Recipe, kale, olive garden, potato, sausage, Zuppa Toscana
Servings: 8
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Jackie Currie


  • 1 lb spicy ground sausage (or 4 large sausages, casing removed)
  • 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
  • 3 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups fresh kale chopped


  • 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.
  • Leave a little bit of grease in the pot (maybe a tbsp or so).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toss in your cubed potatoes, and cook over medium heat until the potatoes are cooked.  This generally takes about a half-hour.
  • Stir in the cream.
  • Add your sausage and chopped kale, and heat through.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 2155IU | Vitamin C: 31.2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3.5mg