Olive Garden Zuppa

by Kimberly Hickok

About 15 years ago I worked at the Olive Garden and fell in love with their Zuppa Toscana soup. Zuppa Toscana is a light, cream-based soup with spicy sausage, russet potatoes and kale. Absolutely delish! I haven’t been to an Olive Garden in years but I had a craving for their soup and decided to make it to see if it was as good as I remembered.

Thank goodness for Google because Maria and Josh over at the ‘two peas & their blog’ site took the time to figure out how to make this soup and post it. You can find their recipe here on the “two peas & their blog” website.

I modified the recipe based on what I had in my fridge. My modifications here:

  • I used equal parts of hot and sweet Italian sausage.
  • Reduced the amount of red pepper flakes to 3/4 teaspoon.
  • Eliminated the water – you can add water to create the consistency you want after.
  • Added more kale, about 4 cups instead of 3.

It turned out great and is even better the next day.

homemade zuppa toscana

As far as I’m concerned you can’t put too much kale in this soup.

Have you ever recreated a dish from a restaurant? Feel free to post a link to your recipe below.

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