Zuppa Toscana in a Dutch oven.

Zuppa Toscana

This Zuppa Toscana is a homemade copycat recipe of the Olive Garden favorite, yet so much better! Make it easy with Italian sausage, kale, potatoes, and bacon.

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword zuppa Toscana
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 991 kcal
Author Anna


  • 16 oz Italian sausage I used mild
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 yellow or golden potatoes sliced thin
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
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  1. In a large soup pot, cook chopped bacon. Once crispy, remove it onto a plate. Set aside. If your bacon is very fatty and there is a lot of grease in the pot, remove half into a bowl and set aside. You can always add more later if needed.
  2. Add onion to bacon grease and saute until the onion is translucent. Stir in garlic and saute 1 minute.
  3. Add seasoning and saute, stirring often, for 1 minute. It will become very fragrant.
  4. Add sausage and cook until done. Remove onto a plate.
  5. Add vegetable stock and water to pot and scrape any cooked on bits from the bottom of the pot. This is called deglazing. You want all the flavor in your soup.
  6. Add potatoes and cook over medium-low heat until tender. It should take about 12 to 15 minutes. Check the potatoes with a fork often.
  7. Once the potatoes are done, add sausage and bacon back to the soup and stir in.
  8. Add kale and stir in. Simmer until wilted.
  9. Add half and half (with cornstarch if you want to thicken the soup) and stir in.
  10. Season soup with salt and pepper before serving.

Recipe Notes

  1.  You can use spicy Italian sausage for more kick or add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes along with Italian seasoning.
  2. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  3. You can use heavy cream in place of half and half. The nutrition value will change.
Nutrition Facts
Zuppa Toscana
Amount Per Serving
Calories 991 Calories from Fat 783
% Daily Value*
Fat 87g134%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1614mg70%
Potassium 1181mg34%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 157mg16%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.