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Logan's Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden 3)

Another recipe based on the Olive Garden soup. This was created by Toni for her friend Logan, thus the name. I have not tried it, if you do, let me know how it turns out.

Or try the original Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe.


  • 1 mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 slices of bacon, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1/2" pieces (about 2 tbls.)
  • 6 cups chicken stock (homemade or low-sodium canned)
  • 8 cups unpeeled potatoes, cut in approx. 3/4" dice
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/2 cup kale, coarsely chopped and packed, or 1 cup loose
  1. Remove sausage from casing and brown in a large pot, breaking up large pieces as it cooks. When the sausage is thoroughly cooked and slightly brown, remove it from the pot and drain off all the fat.
  2. Add the onion and bacon to the same pot. Stir and cook until the bacon begins to brown and the onions soften. (It won't hurt if they brown a little too!).
  3. Add the chicken stock and potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are very done.
  4. Take about 2-3 cups of potatoes and stock from the pot and puree in a blender. Add back to the pot along with the sausage, fennel seed and kale and simmer about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Salt to taste. Let it sit a few minutes before serving. Garnish with some grated Romano on top.

Buon appetito!


I tried this version of the Olive Garden soup in addition to the Olive Garden 2 recipe on your site!
We all loved it too! There were 4 of us trying it. Once again, the only thing I added was just a pinch of cayenne pepper (because we enjoy seasonings). We used the same Italian bulk sausage as we did in the other recipe. I also added just a little sliced colby-jack cheese at the end of cooking this recipe because it called for parmesan and thought if I added while cooking would help make it more thick.
Don't know if it made any difference in taste or not----but we all enjoyed it. So A+ for this one too!
-- Bea Stephenson, Waterford, MI

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