If you love Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, you’ll go nuts for this homemade kale and sausage soup. It’s every bit as good as Olive Garden’s Zuppa. In fact, some say it’s even better.
I love a good copy-cat recipe, especially when it’s for something as delicious as Zuppa Toscana.
I’m a bit of a soup-a-holic. Not only do I love to eat soup, I love to make it from scratch. And this is one of the best homemade soup recipes around. My homemade tomato soup is actually the very best soup you can make, but Zuppa Toscana comes in at a close second.
The sausage lends some heat to the recipe, and the overall flavour of this soup is just out of this world. It’s chock full of onion, potato, bacon and kale. I mean, how can that combination NOT be good.
If you love the Olive Garden’s Zuppa, this soup will not disappoint you. Promise.
My mouth is seriously watering as I type this.
I need a bowl now.
Let’s make it!
Zuppa Toscana Ingredients:
- 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
To make your soup:
- 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 potatoe, 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.
- Serve your amazing Zuppa Toscana with a loaf of homemade bread or my easy bread-machine dinner rolls.
Be sure to let me know what you think! In your opinion, is it as good as Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana? Or is it even better?
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