Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

This Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe has bits of crumbled sausage, kale, potatoes, and diced onions in a rich, savory broth topped with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Exactly like the restaurant version!

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe, Zuppa Toscana, Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 454 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 1 pound ground Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 32 oz. chicken broth (equal to 4 cups)
  • 1 russet potato scrubbed clean
  • 1/2 bunch kale de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Pinch of red pepper flakes optional
US Customary - Metric


  1. Brown the sausage in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Grain any excess grease. (Failure to do this will result in red broth from the sausage grease.) 

  3. Add the garlic & onions and sautee for about 5 minutes, until the onions have softened. 

  4. Pour in the chicken stock and cover the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about an 30 minutes. 

  5. Slice the potatoes very thin and add it to the pot. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through. 

  6. Whisk together the heavy cream and flour until well combined. (It may be a little lumpy but the lumps disappear once mixed into the soup!)
  7. Pour the flour mixture into the soup and increase heat to medium-high, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until the soup has thickened slightly.

  8. Stir in the kale and heat for 5 additional minutes. Season according to your taste (a pinch of pepper flakes perhaps), and serve!

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Follow same steps as above, however instead of simmering the soup for an hour, cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 3-4. Add the potatoes during the last hour. 

  2. Once the flour mixture is added, heat on HIGH for another 30 minutes. Stir in the kale and serve!

Recipe Notes

Don't forget a side of CHEESY Homemade Garlic Bread!

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1125mg49%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Vitamin C 21.7mg26%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.