This hugely popular Zuppa Toscana is an Italian-inspired soup made with sausage, potatoes, kale, bacon and cream.
We can thank the American restaurant Olive Garden for the namesake of this Zuppa Toscana, which translates to “Tuscan Soup”. As usual, the homemade version is fantastic, healthier than what you’d find at a restaurant, and seriously EASY to make!
Ingredients in Zuppa Toscana:
How to make Zuppa Toscana:
- Brown sausage: Cook and stir it until it’s nice and brown and crumbled into pieces.
- Add chopped onion, minced garlic, and chopped potato to the pot. Add chicken broth and water.
- Cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Finish it off: add some cream, cooked bacon, and chopped kale. Season it to your liking with some salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (if you like a little bit of heat).
Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:
To make ahead: The entire soup can be made 1-3 days ahead of time, stored in the fridge.
To freeze: make the soup according to instructions but don’t add the cream, and don’t cook the potatoes until tender. Allow soup to cool, then store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and rewarm on the stove. Stir in cream and cook until potatoes are tender.
Consider trying one of these classic soup recipes:
- Spicy Chicken Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Taco Soup
- Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
- French Onion Soup
- Chile Verde Soup
Creamy Zuppa Toscana
- 1 pound hot ground Italian sausage
- 1 large onion , chopped
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 large russet or gold potatoes peeled, quartered, and then chopped in ¼ inch slices
- 5 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
- 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cups water
- 3 cups chopped kale (ribs/stems removed)
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste, if desired
- Brown ground sausage into small pieces in a large soup pot of medium high heat. Remove some of the grease.
- Add chopped onions, garlic, and potatoes and sauté for a few minutes. Pour in chicken broth and water and allow mixture to come to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- Stir in the bacon, chopped kale, and cream. Season with salt and pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook for 2-3 more minutes or until warmed through.
- Serve with homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks.
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Recipe adapted from Food.com.
I originally shared this recipe October 2017. Updated September 2020 with additional tips, process photos and a video.