Olive Garden’s at home Zuppa Toscana

A hearty yet simple Italian soup dish becomes the perfect meal. Its creamy potato comfort keeps you warm and cozy while the spice of the sausage and crispness of the kale with the saltiness of the browned bacon for the complete table-side, easy and affordable dish. Can you tell I love it?

Olive Garden which is in every major mall and city around the U.S. is commonly known for their all you can eat pasta and soup/ salad for the price of the lint in your pocket. Although the deals are good, I’m personally indifferent about their pasta, all of it. Personally it’s just bland and very basic to have to leave the house for. It’s just that one menu item that by far stands out, and it’s their Zuppa Toscana. So i brought it home! Nope, not to-go, but straight in the pot, in my kitchen, and so can you! So let’s get to it!


  •  White potatoes

  • Italian sausage (I used ground turkey).

  • 2-3 strips of bacon

  • 4-6 large leaves of kale

  • 1 cup cream

  • Italian parsley (fine chopped and/ or for garnish).

  • Chicken stock (broth).

  • White onion (fine chopped for browning)

  • 2 Garlic cloves ( fine chopped)

  • mini Thai chili peppers (the thinner the less spicy)

  • spices: red pepper flakes, salt, pepper oregano (Italian seasoning).


Directions: (serves 4-6)

  1. sauté fine chopped bacon, onions, red thai chilis and garlic in a pot to brown. Add in ground turkey and plenty or red pepper flakes, Italian parsley, salt and pepper and cook thoroughly. Once all meat is browned, fill the pot with 8-10 cups of chicken broth.

  2. Thin slice your potatoes and set in the soup to boil. This process shouldn’t take long because you cut thin round slices that should cook fast.

  3. Chop up your kale and add it in at the very end once the potatoes are al dente.

  4. Lastly, you will add in your 1-2cups of cream, stirring as you add and setting your temperatures down to medium-low to simmer for 10 minutes. I added more red pepper flakes since I added cream to up the spice but I recommend tasting as you go so you don’t over season.

  5. Let the soup cool in the pot for at least 5 min before serving. This will ensure all the flavors and seasonings are combined so you can pack each spoonful with delightful taste. Now you’re Italian, now you’re Olive Garden. Look what you just did! Enjoy!



Published by


Bilingual foodie who finds life in creating dishes from all over the world. Food doesn't have to be expensive to be delicious!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s