Cooking – Copycat Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden

Jun 2, 2014 by

My husband really discourages going to chain restaurants because we know that most of the food is created from some central distribution center, packed, frozen then shipped out to the locations. These items are usually filled with sodium and extra fat for flavor. So what can I do when I really want something from a chain restaurant but have no one to go with? Take out and eat while driving, sure why not. I’ve also found some great websites that have released some wonderful copy cat recipes too so I don’t have to sneak in horrible food in secret and instead try for a homemade version and enjoy a meal at home like a civilized human being! =)

I loved going to Olive Garden for three things – breadsticks dipped in alfredo sauce, their house salad (because it’s light enough to make the alfredo sauce not seem as filling) and their Zuppa Toscana soup. I found a recipe on to copycat their soup – it’s a definite keeper. Looks and tastes just like the real thing! The ribbons of potato skin and kale are my favorite. This will be wonderfully comforting when winter rolls around.  I omitted the bacon in this recipe (I know, me leaving out bacon, crazy!!)


Brown sausage.


Add onion (edited this step from the recipe, I prefer frying the onions in the pork fat for added flavor).


Added stock.  Recipe called for water and broth I modified this a bit with a 3:1 ratio of stock and water.


Add potatoes and simmer.


When potatoes are tender add chopped kale.


Add some heavy cream or whipping cream.


Simmer and serve.



What a gorgeous soup!

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