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Olive Garden Style Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe


Does anyone have the recipe for the new Olive Garden soup that has sausage and chunks of potato in it? The broth resembles a chowder rather than a soup broth and it's delicious. The sausage is all in tiny pieces. I don't know the Italian name but we enjoyed it and would like to make it at home.

Roberta from China, ME



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By Mary Koehler 8 269 01/13/2006 Flag

You are looking for Zuppa Toscana soup recipe.
check out this is the recipe I use to make it.
If you write " zuppa toscana recipe" in google, you will get several, basically the same as the one I use. I agree with you, it is delicious! ! !

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By Holly 367 1,263 01/13/2006 Flag

Look for the
Olive Garden Toscana Soup
recipe in Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Restaurant Recipes cookbook.

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By Mary Koehler 8 269 01/13/2006 Flag

Forgot to mention, go to and there are so many restaurant recipes there.

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By christi (Guest Post) 01/13/2006 Flag

Here are a bunch of Olive Garden copykat recipes, hope this helps.

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By Lynn Marler 43 117 01/13/2006 Flag

Hi, Roberta, try this one: Supposedly supplied by a gal who worked at Olive Garden and copied it straight out of their cookbook.

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By it' 168 254 01/13/2006 Flag

This is not the exact version but my family likes it better than Olive Garden's.


6 cup chicken broth
1 lb. sweet or spicy Italian sausage
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. salt, optional
2-3 medium russet potatoes
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach
Garlic to taste, optional

Combine stock and cream over medium heat.

Cube unpeeled potatoes; add to soup.

Add spinach.

Brown sausage. Cool. Cut in half lengthwise and cut into slices or crumble. Add to soup.

Add spices. Simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

I brown the sausage in a 375 degree oven using a foil lined pan for 30 minutes, turning after the first 15 minutes.

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By Roberta (Guest Post) 01/14/2006 Flag

Thanks so much for all the speedy feedback. I shall try these within the next few day. What a great group of folks you all are.

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By kylie (Guest Post) 07/14/2007 Flag

its called Zuppa toscana. google "olive garden Zuppa Toscana soup" and it is the first or second link that comes up i just found it myself. I love that dish! -kylie

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By yo yo (Guest Post) 10/11/2007 Flag

Category: Soup recipes
Servings: 12
Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Cookbook | Recipe Index | Soup

Zuppa Toscana is a soup available at The Olive Garden restaurant.

[edit] Ingredients

* 1 lb. Spicy Italian Sausage - Crumbled
* 1/2 lb. Smoked Bacon - Chopped (One can also use precooked bacon bits for this)
* 1 qt. Water
* (2) 14.5 Oz. Cans Chicken Broth
* (2) lg. Russet Potatoes - Cubed
* 2 Garlic Cloves - Crushed
* 1 med. Onion - Chopped
* 2 cups Chopped Kale or Swiss Chard
* 1 cup Heavy Whipped Cream
* Salt and pepper to taste

[edit] Procedure

1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you fry it. Drain and set aside.
2. In skillet over medium-high heat, brown bacon. Drain and set aside.
3. Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion into a pot. Simmer over high heat until potatoes are tender.
4. Add sausage and bacon to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add kale/chard and cream to the pot. Seasons with salt and pepper; heat through.

Bon appétit!

[edit] Notes, tips, and variations

Potatoes can be substituted with cauliflower for a low carbohydrate version of this soup. I also used 1/2 mild 1/2 spicy turkey sausage instead of pork sausage. Sometimes, fennel is used.

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By Chef Alfred (Guest Post) 09/19/2008 Flag

Basically is Sausage Chowder. All chowders or soups are made the same way. Brown the meats in a little oil, add soup stock liquid, rest of your ingredients, & simmer until done. Add cream at the end if you want a creamy soup.
The flavor of the soup will be what ever you put in it, IE broccoli flavor? Add broccoli. alfredschrader AT

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