Zuppa Tuscana Soup

Creamy, delicious Zuppa Tuscana Soup. Copycat recipe based off the original from Olive Garden!

Creamy copycat recipe of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup! #copycat

Does anyone else go to Olive Garden JUST for the soup, salad and breadsticks?

Certainly I’m not the only one right? Sometimes we go and I order my meal to go. Cause I know I’m going to eat my fair share (and then some) of the unlimited appetizers.

Zuppa Tuscana Soup is crazy delicious. Comfort food to the max. Right??

Unfortunately I love Olive Garden’s Salad so much that I rarely order the soup. And now, it’s okay, because I make the soup at home! And it tastes just as good (if not better)! I’ve also got a recipe for the breadsticks, in case you were wondering. I guess I just need to re-create the salad and I don’t have to worry about going out to dinner there anymore!

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. One of my favorite things is to make recipes at home that mimic restaurant recipes. A few years ago I set out to make this soup, but with no planning, I had to swap a bunch of ingredients. The result was a delicious Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup. I still used spinach in today’s recipe, as I prefer the taste of spinach over kale. But if you love kale and want something more authentic, feel free to swap it out!

If you’re looking for a low carb version of this Zuppa Toscana Soup, I’ve got you covered. Swap out the potatoes for some turnips or cauliflower like I did. Want the recipe? Check out my Low Carb Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe.

Creamy copycat recipe of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup! #copycat

Using a large soup pot (like this dutch oven), brown your sausage and bacon together. I use a mild Italian sausage (without the casings) and a thick sliced bacon. I chopped the bacon BEFORE cooking it to help speed up the process of cooking, and making it easy to assemble and eat. If you prefer your bacon crunchy, cook it first without the sausage. Then remove it from the pot while the sausage cooks.

Next add onion and garlic to the pot and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Add in beef broth (or beef stock) to your pot, along with potatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

Once boiling, reduce hit to low and cover your dutch oven. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Add in heavy cream and spinach. Yes, the true Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe contains kale. I just don’t like the flavor of kale. If you love it, use it. I chose spinach instead because my family LOVES this veggie!

Serve this soup with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Creamy, delicious Zuppa Toscana Soup. Copycat recipe based off the original from Olive Garden!

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Yield: 6 servings

Zuppa Tuscana Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Creamy, delicious Zuppa Toscana Soup. Copycat recipe based off the original from Olive Garden.


  • 1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from the casings
  • 5 slices Bacon, diced
  • 1/2 White Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 32 ounces Beef Broth
  • 2 White Potatoes, diced (no peeling necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Spinach, fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded and divided


  1. Brown sausage and diced bacon in a French oven over medium high heat until fully cooked. Drain all but one tablespoon of oil. Sauté onion and garlic in remaining oil for about 2-3 minutes. Add back the sausage and bacon. Add beef broth, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce to low and cover. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fully cooked.
  3. Add fresh spinach, cream and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. Heat over medium until warm (about 5 minutes). Serve with a sprinkle of extra parmesan on top. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1642mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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Posted on May 14, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. Tasted great, mom would make this but she never wrote down the recipe so this was a great guide for me to get close to hers. I used hot Italian sausages and added carrots to it. I hand-shredded the kale and put it in my bowl then  added the soup, I find putting it in the pot makes it mushy if there’s leftovers. Also made some macaroni for it since my brother isn’t a big fan of kale which tasted pretty good too.

  2. The recipe was really good. I used Johnsonville Italian sausage and better than bullion beef broth, thus omitted the salt. If it needed salt, always good to suggest to add it gently to the end to taste.

  3. I tweaked this recipe foe chicken and it came out delicious. I used rotisserie chicken (without the skin) and chicken broth instead of beef and WOW.

    Thank you for posting this!

  4. I think I’m the only person who hasnt had the real deal but no worries, I can just make yours now 🙂 pinned

  5. AAAAAAH THAT IS MY FAVORITE SOUP FROM OLIVE GARDEN!! I can make it at home now?!? Aimee I could kiss you! Except that would be weird to do through my computer (and in general) so instead THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  6. I do believe you have nearly recreated the entire Olive Garden menu! That and Panera 🙂 I’m not complaining though! I could definitely make a meal of the apps – why do they think we need a meal? Their breadsticks are so.good.

  7. I’m a fan of the zuppa toscana for sure! Just had it on my blog several months ago. Always a favorite in our house. Your version looks terrific.
    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

  8. Oh my sister and my mom love getting this! I’ll definitely have to try this one! Gorgeous photo!

  9. There’s nothing better than a bowl of soup for lunch. This soup looks amazing! It’s nice to be able to recreate the good food you taste at a restaurant.


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