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Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden 2)

Here is another recipe which imitates the Olive Garden soup. This is from MareCat. I have not yet tried it, if you do, let me know how it turns out.

Or try the original Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 can Oscar Meyer Real Bacon Bits (these are less fatty than real bacon)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups kale or swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 qt. water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Cook sausage in a 300-degree oven. Bake approximately 1/2 hour, drain on paper towels, and cut into slices.
  2. Place onion, potatoes, chicken broth, water, and garlic in pot, and cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
  3. Add sausage, bacon bits, salt, and pepper to taste, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Turn to low heat, add kale and cream. Heat through and serve.

Buon appetito!


Tried it - loved it!!!
Decided to try this recipe of the 3 you have listed. I followed it to the letter EXCEPT.....my sausage didn't taste real spicy so I added a "little" cayenne pepper.
DELICIOUS ! ! You had asked for feedback, so wanted to let you know my thoughts!!
Will be sharing this recipe with lots of friends!
-- Bea Stephenson, Waterford, MI

Thanks for the recipe. I tried your Olive Garden 2 (the Zuppa Toscana). Came out REALLY well. Only change is that I added more water and less cream.
-- Gene

I am a horrible cook. I have the hardest time at church potlucks! This is the 5th year I have attended the annual Soup Supper and was not looking forward to trying to make another soup. I was opting for a bag of rolls when I found this recipe and decided I would try it. It was a hit and even placed first with our taste-testing judges. My husband was suprised!
I am glad I have found your site and will look around for other easy to make/tasty recipes. I have also recommended it to everyone who enjoyed my soup and wanted the recipe.
Thanks for posting this recipe!
-- Laura, Rochester, WA

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