Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Made with sausage, dark kale and potatoes, this rustic Italian soup makes a comforting and delicious winter dinner!
This Zuppa Toscana tastes just like the Olive Garden recipe and is inspired by that dish. It's made with cavolo nero, or black kale, which has an earthy and intense flavor.
 Serves 4 to 6

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

Zuppa Toscana is rustic Italian soup influenced by the flavors of sun-drenched Tuscany. It's made with big chunks of tender potatoes, sausages (generally Italian, though you could use whatever you had on hand) and leaves of kale. I used cavolo nero, my favorite type of kale because it has an intense, earthy taste.

If you reduce the amount of potatoes and sausage called for, this soup would be perfect for a light lunch. Keep the amounts I've specified and it'll be filling for dinner, too. Serve with good, chunky bread for dunking and tuck in for a delicious and easy soup you'll make again and again.

I am entering this recipe in a winter warmers competition at The Co-operative Electrical Shop! For more details on the competition and so that you can enter too, go here.

For loads of yummy soup ideas, be sure to check out this board:



Sausage and kale and potato Tuscan soup

Ingredients:

For the Zuppa Toscana
1/2 cup double/heavy cream
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 onion, diced
1 bunch cavolo nero or other kale
1 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
2 cubes chicken stock
2 cloves garlic
4 tbsp bacon
4 large potatoes, chopped
6 sausages, Italian or your favorite
8 cups water
salt
pepper
This Zuppa Toscana tastes just like what you get from Olive Garden! Delicious & a must pin!


Instructions:

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
  1. Saute sausage and crushed red peppers in a large stock pot along with the smoked paprika.
  2. Drain off the excess fat and remove the sausages and store in the fridge.
  3. Fry the bacon, onions, garlic and garlic and onion powders in butter in the same pan, until the onions are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock and water and bring to the boil.
  5. Once boiling, add the potatoes and cook until they are tender, about an hour.
  6. Add the cream and heat through.
  7. Cut the sausage into chunks and stir into the soup with the cavolo nero. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

Gotta have Italian? Try these:
Spaghetti carbonara with guanciale


White Spaghetti with Prosciutto

18 comments:

  1. Mmmm that's my favorite soup! Going to try this for sure!

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    1. I hope you won't be disappointed, Abby! :) It's my favorite soup, too, but because I can't get Olive Garden here, it's satisfied my craving! Thanks for stopping by; do let me know how it turns out for you!

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  2. This is one of my mother in laws favourite soups from Olive Garden. I am excited to make this for her. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. Aw, I hope she enjoys it, Cindy! :) Please let me know what she thinks!

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  3. I stopped over from Simple Supper Tuesday to check this out because I love the Olive Garden's soup, it's got a new home in my yumlist Soup category! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

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    1. Thanks for adding this recipe to your Yumlist, Cheryl! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to make it! :)

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  4. Girl, this looks GOOD!!! I wish I could have a bowl right now! I'm sharing this on my Facebook fan page tomorrow afternoon. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! :) And thanks for sharing, too! We had it twice in a week; we just couldn't get enough!

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  5. My favorite soup!! Can't wait to try this:) Can never have enough soup recipes~ Thanks for sharing at The Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Lynn! :) And no, you can never have enough soup recipes, especially with as cold as this winter's been!

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  6. I LOVE this soup at Olive Garden so I will surely be giving this a try! I actually JUST bought kale and sausage today so I think it'll be on tomorrows dinner menu. I have picked this as a feature at Do Tell Tuesday link party set for tomorrow as well :)
    You'll be able to see it here www.fortheloveofdecorating.com

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    1. What a coincidence, Erica! I hope you do make it for dinner tomorrow and enjoy it as much as we did1 ;) Thanks for featuring me, too!

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  7. I've never tried this soup love the combination of ingredients, excellent.

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    1. The combination really works well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I am sure happy to have this Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat, we love this dish. Hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen

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    1. If you put it to use, let me know what you think! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Delicious looking soup . I need some warm soup today . Snow everywhere and i dont mind having 2 bowls ...

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