Homemade Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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Landon Ryan Modified: March 25, 2022
Homemade Zuppa Toscana Recipe

How To Make Homemade Zuppa Toscana

This creamy Zuppa Toscana is an adapted Olive Garden Soup made with sausage, bacon, and potatoes tossed in a deliciously creamy broth.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1lbmild Italian sausage,casings removed
  • 4ozbacon,diced
  • 1onion,large, chopped
  • 6garlic cloves,minced
  • ½cupdry white wine,optional
  • cupschicken broth,low-sodium
  • 5Russet potatoes,scrubbed, rinsed, and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1beef bouillon,cube, crushed
  • ½tspsalt
  • ¼tspblack pepper,cracked
  • 1tspfennel,ground
  • 1tspred chili flakes,optional, adjust to your taste
  • cupshalf and half,or heavy thickened cream
  • 3cupskale,chopped, hard stems removed, substitute with baby spinach leaves or Swiss chard
  • parmesan cheese,fresh shredded, for serving
  • 1tbspcornstarch,optional, for a thicker soup


  1. Fry the sausage in a heavy-based pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat while breaking up the meat with the end of your wooden spoon.

  2. When browned and cooked through for about 10 minutes, drain most of the oil, leaving about 1 teaspoon of drippings in the pot. Transfer sausage meat to a plate.

  3. Cook the bacon in the same pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until crispy for about 10 minutes. Drain, leaving about 2 teaspoons of drippings in the pot. Transfer cooked bacon to the plate with the sausage meat.

  4. Sauté onions in the pot and cook until soft and translucent for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

  5. Increase heat to high, pour in the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Season broth with crushed bouillon, salt, pepper, fennel, and chili flakes. Add the potatoes and boil until fork tender for about 10 minutes.

  6. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the heavy cream, cooked sausage, bacon, and kale.

  7. Let simmer for 2 minutes, until kale leaves have softened.


  • Calories: 531.97kcal
  • Fat: 32.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.31g
  • Trans Fat: 0.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14.19g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.18g
  • Fiber: 2.62g
  • Sugar: 6.17g
  • Protein: 19.13g
  • Cholesterol: 73.29mg
  • Sodium: 1079.58mg
  • Calcium: 104.74mg
  • Potassium: 1118.51mg
  • Iron: 2.69mg
  • Vitamin A: 81.74µg
  • Vitamin C: 19.80mg
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