Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Aimee Shugarman | Shugary Sweets

Zuppa Toscana soup is spicy, savory goodness. One bowl won't be enough!

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Does anyone else ever like to go to Olive Garden and only get the soup and breadsticks? Like seriously, after eating unlimited soup/salad/breadsticks who needs a big plate of lasagna?Zuppa Toscana Soup is my favorite soup from Olive Garden. I love the salty bacon and sausage with the creamy broth. Dip a breadstick in and call it a meal.

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A couple years ago I meant to make this soup. But instead I ended up with a Sweet Potato version, it was delicious! Today though, I’ve got more of a traditional version of the classic recipe.

With a little planning, you can have this soup ready in under thirty minutes! I don’t know if you’re a dinner planner, but I know so people like to prep their dinners before work. If that’s YOU, then feel free to brown your sausage and bacon before leaving for work. Otherwise, brown them up right before making your soup.

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Once your meat is cooked and drained, sauté your garlic and onion in the oil. I usually reserve about a tablespoon of the bacon and sausage grease. However, if you’re prepping this in advance, you can sauté your onion and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil right before making your soup. It only needs to cook a couple minutes.

Add your beef broth, salt, pepper and potatoes (add back your sausage and bacon) and simmer this for about 20 minutes until your potatoes are soft. Add your fresh spinach, milk and parmesan cheese and heat until warm (about 5 minutes on medium high). And there you have it, a family friendly weeknight meal! Serve with some rolls or bread and a salad and you can pretend you’re at Olive Garden! Don’t forget to finish your meal though with a couple Andes mints, like they give you at Olive Garden!

We may not have that Olive Garden breadsticks recipe (yet!), but we're certain dipping Kate's Rosemary Roasted Garlic Bread into this soup would be heavenly.

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Zuppa Toscana Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from the casings
  • 5 slices Bacon, diced
  • 1/2 White Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 32 ounces Beef Broth
  • 2 White Potatoes, diced (no peeling necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Spinach, fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded and divided


  1. Brown sausage and diced bacon in a French oven over medium high heat until fully cooked. Drain all but one tablespoon of oil. Sauté onion and garlic in remaining oil for about 2-3 minutes. Add back the sausage and bacon. Add beef broth, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce to low and cover. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fully cooked.
  3. Add fresh spinach, cream and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. Heat over medium until warm (about 5 minutes). Serve with a sprinkle of extra parmesan on top. ENJOY.


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Author: Aimee Shugarman
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 381
Calories 633

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g
  Saturated Fat 21g
Sodium 838mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Aimee Shugarman

About Aimee

Aimee Shugarman of Shugary Sweets likes all things sweet, as you can probably guess. Writing about homemade candy came naturally, and we're oh so thankful she's our Candy Fanatic.

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