Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup



  • 1 pound spicy Italian ground sausage use mild for kid-friendly
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ white onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-5 yellow potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • chopped bacon or bacon bits and grated parmesan cheese for topping optional


  • In a large pot saute sausage 5-6 minutes until browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same pot, add butter and saute onions over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth, water, potatoes, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes are tender. Stir in kale, and heavy cream. Add sausage. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve garnished with grated parmesan cheese if desired.


The sausage: if you have regular ground sausage, simply add 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning or Herbs de Provence + a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.


Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 3849mg | Potassium: 1084mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8563IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 3mg


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