Toscana Soup Like Olive Garden

Toscana soup like Olive Garden - a hearty soup featuring sausage, bacon, potatoes, cream and kale. Great paired with fresh baked bread.
When kale is abundant and cooler fall temps set in, I love to make up a batch of Toscana soup like Olive Garden (Zuppa Toscana :-)). It’s a hearty soup featuring sausage, bacon, potatoes, cream and kale. I like to pair it up with freshly baked crusty French bread – so good! The biggest difference between homemade Toscana soup and the commercial version is that the homemade version is much more substantial. I like to cut my ingredients into bite sized pieces instead of pea sized bits. I received this recipe from a friend years ago. (Thanks, Gregg.)

This soup also freezes and reheats well – if you have any leftovers. (You may want to make a double batch.) In addition to Toscana soup, we also make homemade chicken and gnocchi soup. My husband prefers the Toscana soup, my boys prefer the chicken and gnocchi.

Toscana soup like Olive Garden - a hearty soup featuring sausage, bacon, potatoes, cream and kale. Great paired with fresh baked bread.

Toscana Soup Like Olive Garden Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ pound bacon, diced
  • 2 ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken brother (homemade broth is great if you have it)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 4 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Brown and fully cook sausage; drain and set aside. Peel and dice potatoes; set aside in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning. Thinly slice fresh kale; set aside.

Cook diced bacon over medium heat in 8 quart saucepan until slightly crispy. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Drain excess grease. Stir in garlic and cook one minute.

Add chicken broth, water and potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Stir in kale, cream and sausage. Cook for five more minutes. Serve warm. Freezes and reheats well. Serves 6-10, depending on how hungry they are and if you serve it alone or with other items like a salad.

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Toscana soup like Olive Garden - a hearty soup featuring sausage, bacon, potatoes, cream and kale. Great paired with fresh baked bread.

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813 calories
40 g
209 g
51 g
49 g
21 g
581 g
980 g
2 g
0 g
26 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
581g

Servings
6
Amount Per Serving

Calories 813
Calories from Fat 454

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 51g
78%

Saturated Fat 21g
106%

Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g

Cholesterol 209mg
70%

Sodium 980mg
41%

Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%

Dietary Fiber 4g
14%

Sugars 2g
Protein 49g

Vitamin A150%Vitamin C112%
Calcium15%Iron25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 pound Italian sausage
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. ½ pound bacon, diced
  4. 2 ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  5. 4 cups chicken brother (homemade broth is great if you have it)
  6. 3 cups water
  7. 5 medium potatoes
  8. 4 cups fresh kale
  9. 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Brown and fully cook sausage; drain and set aside. Peel and dice potatoes; set aside in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning. Thinly slice fresh kale; set aside.
  2. Cook diced bacon over medium heat in 8 quart saucepan until slightly crispy. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Drain excess grease. Stir in garlic and cook one minute.
  3. Add chicken broth, water and potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Stir in kale, cream and sausage. Cook for five more minutes. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Freezes and reheats well. Serves 6-10, depending on how hungry they are and if you serve it alone or with other items like a salad.

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51g

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49g

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