Zuppa toscana

Creamy Zuppa Toscana recipe, full of crumbled sausage, crispy tender and bacon potatoes in a creamy broth! Make this Olive Garden Soup right at home!

This recipe is adapted from one of your favourite Olive Garden soups — Zuppa Toscana. The entire family gets behind this one, craving more than just one bowl. Low carb option included.

We’ve added a couple of extra ingredients to make it EVEN BETTER than the original!


Comfort food in a bowl. From the mild (or hot) flavours of Italian sausage, crispy flavourful of bacon pieces, hearty chunks of tender potatoes, a creamy splash of cream, this is the soup to make on a miserable and cold day/night when you have unlimited garlic bread lying around.

While Zuppa Toscana translates to “Tuscan soup,” this is not a traditional soup from the region. Much like a Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp, Salmon or Chicken, this soup was made famous by Olive Garden restaurant chains around the Unites states.

If you’ve loved our Creamy Tortellini soup, you will love this one! All done in one pot with some tricks to keep your bacon and sausage nice and crispy, with the added flavour from cooking with drippings.


What makes our Zuppa Toscana recipe different? We added in dry white wine (which is optional and can be left out if you prefer), which makes this soup even better! Of course, if you’re hesitant and would rather stick to the classic, you can leave it out which won’t effect the final taste.

Our recipe also includes an option to thicken it right at the end with a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with a little heavy cream or half and half).


You don’t need much at all to make this Zuppa Toscana soup recipe, which is surprising since it contains so much flavour.


You’re going to start by removing the sausage casings using a pair of kitchen scissors or a knife. Grab a heavy based pot, cast iron or Dutch oven to cook in. When browning the sausage meat, break it up with the tip of your wooden spoon.

Once it’s browned drain it from as much oil as you can and transfer it to a plate lined with paper towel. Leave some drippings in the pot to fry your bacon in. then transfer the bacon to the same plate with the sausage. This is what keeps your meats nice and crispy for adding in later when the Zuppa Toscana is near done.

Sauting the garlic and onion in some of those bacon/sausage drippings left in the pan is where the flavours really start to develop. Adding the wine at this point creates another layer of flavour.

You can use chicken broth or stock seasoned with crushed bouillon (or any stock powder), fennel seeds (ground or whole) and chili flakes. Chili flakes are optional, depending on your heat preference and how spicy the sausages are.

The potatoes are boiled in the broth until JUST fork tender (about 10 minutes). Then the cream is stirred in with the cooked sausage, crispy bacon and kale. We add in 3/4 of the meat mixture, leaving the last amount to sprinkle over each bowl of soup when serving this Zuppa Toscana.

Serve with parmesan cheese and a nice glass of chilled wine!

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