Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Zuppa Toscana-Olive Garden Copy Cat

When we eat at Olive Garden, I always go for the soup and skip the salad!

Why? Well, their Zuppa Toscana is Aahh-mazing.

I decided to try to recreate it at home. Honestly, this ranks right up there with one of the best ideas I have ever had. It came out tasting just like theirs...maybe even better!

Even if you have never had Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, you need to make this!

You won't be sorry!

1 lb. Hot Italian Sausage, ground
1 Tablespoon butter
3 strips of bacon
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
8 cups chicken broth
3 red potatoes, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 large handfuls kale, washed and torn

In a large pan brown the Italian sausage. Drain and set aside.

In the same pan melt the butter. Add the bacon, onion, and garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent.

Add the chicken broth to the bacon mixture. Bring to a boil. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until they are tender.

Add the half and half. Once it is thoroughly heated add the sausage and kale. Let heat and serve!

Serves 6-8

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Tightwad Mom said...

I'm giving you a big virtual hug right now! This is my most favorite soup,ever. I always order it when I go to Olive Garden,too. I will be making this recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharing it,you are so smart to recreate it!

Domestic Nerd said...

Mmmmmmm....LOVE this soup! I'm bookmarking this for sure!

Thanks for visitng my blog...I'm following you back :)

Your recipes look amazing!

Katie said...

Tightwad Mom,

Isn't it really the reason to go to Olive Garden?

I hope you love it as much as we did...come back and let me know!

Katie said...

Domestic Nerd,

Thanks for following me! I have your sandwich bread in the breadmachine as I type...I can't wait to try it!

Lacey said...

Looks delish! How many will this serve?

Katie said...

Lacey, it will serve 6-8! Thanks, I will update the recipe with the servings.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I love you. Seriously. That is my very favorite thing to eat at OG.

I am enjoying your blog. Stop by and visit me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal!

Misty said...

Okay, I know I am weird now because I have never heard of this soup... Katie, I am thinking one time we may have to splurge and hit up Olive Garden instead of our usual hang out... Tim doesn't like Olive Garden. :) Or one of us could make the soup and have the other one over?!? :)

When I go to Olive Garden I am like the guy on the Weight Watchers commercials "Gotta have my Chicken Parm" hahaha...

Katie said...


Let me know if you make it! I see a theme here...everyone loves this soup!

Katie said...


Daniel isn't too fond of OG either. We should go together, good idea. Right now they have the never ending pasta bowl!!!

Or, I will ahve you over next time I make it!

Becky said...

Katie I love you for this recipe!! It is my favorite thing at Olive Garden. I can't wait to make it at home!!

Jake said...

We don't have any Olive Gardens here, so I am definitely going to try this recipe. Adding it to my blog list of Recipes to Try!!

Tiffanee said...

OOOH yum! This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden.. YUM! I really want some right now. Bookmarking it to make soon!! Thanks!

Katie said...


Oh, that is too bad you don't have an Olive Garden. It is pretty good, but this soup is by far the best thing there.

Katie said...

Becky and Tiffanee,

I am noticing a theme here...this is everyones favorite at OG. I am surprised because I always felt like I was the only one who ever got it.

Lori said...

Yummo!!! Gonna have to try this one!

Katie said...


Let me know how you like it!

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