Monday, February 7, 2011

Zuppa Toscana ~ (Olive Garden Copycat)

This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden!! I love making this one at home as well!! 

Olive Garden Copy Cat ~ Zuppa Toscana 


4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot Italian sausage, ground or links with casings removed
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 loose packed cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving


1. In a large soup pot or sauce pan cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage and break it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled drain off the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute onion.

2. Push the sausage to the edges of the pot and add onion to center; saute until translucent; add garlic; saute until fragrant. 

3. Stir in broth and potatoes, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, simmer for about 20 minute or until potatoes are tender.

4. Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. 


  1. How do you figure the recipes out? My brother in law says that he sniffs and he can tell what's in a dish. Can people do that?

  2. Hello Restaurant manager! I notice your other blog is by invitation only. Anyway I can get in on your writings again?

  3. Hi Jennifer! I will be opening the blog back up shortly and you won't need an invite. Thanks! TRM