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Zuppa Toscana - Olive Garden Copy-Cat

The Olive Garden favorite recipe you can make at home!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: comfort food, italian, kale, loadedpotatoes, sausage, soup
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 3-4 sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ΒΌ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 15 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 russet potatoes, sliced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • grated parmesan cheese for topping optional


  • In a large pot saute sausage and bacon until until browned. Drain excess grease.
  • In the same pot, add onion and garlic, with crushed red pepper, and cook over medium heat until translucent and fragrant. Try to avoid burning.
  • Add chicken broth, water, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium temperature and cover until potatoes are tender - approximately 20 minutes.
  • Stir in kale, and heavy cream. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Replace lid and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.
  • Serve garnished with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.