BEST Copycat Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Classic zuppa toscana soup, in slow cooker form!  It tastes WAY better than the restaurant version, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Spicy crumbled sausage, silky potatoes, and an ultra creamy broth… it’s the perfect copycat soup!

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Best Copycat Zuppa Toscana Recipe

My husband’s favorite soup is Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, so naturally I wanted to find a way to have it at home (for way less money)!  This soup has all the great flavors of the Olive Garden soup, but making at home is much more convenient, and I think it tastes way better!  If you’ve never had this soup… it’s a creamy soup with tender potatoes, spicy Italian sausage, crispy bacon, and healthy kale.


First, I want to clear something up.  Even though zuppa toscana soup translates to Tuscan soup, it’s not a traditionally Tuscan soup.  Olive Garden named this soup and made it incredibly popular all across the United States!

Zuppa toscana soup is made from crumbled Italian sausage, bacon, potatoes, kale, chicken broth and cream.  The combination is soul-warming and absolutely mouthwatering.  What I love most about this copycat soup is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to get such a rich flavor!

Bowl of copycat zuppa toscana soup


There are three main ways to make this delicious copycat soup; stovetop, slow cooker, and pressure cooker (instant pot).  I’ll have directions for all three down in the recipe card, but let’s focus on the stovetop version for this how-to.

  1. Brown the Italian sausage.  I like to use spicy sausage links and remove the casing, but you can also use bulk Italian sausage if you prefer.  Use a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage as you cook it, then drain it very well, getting as much grease off of it as you can.  Remove to a plate.
  2. Fry the bacon right in the residual grease from the sausage.  This adds plenty of flavor!  Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer to the plate with the sausage.
  3. Cook the onion and garlic in the bacon grease.  Again, boosting the flavor here!  If you have a ton of grease after cooking the bacon, drain off all but about 1 1/2 Tbsp.
  4. Add the flour to the cooked onion and garlic, stirring to mix it all in.  This is going to thicken your soup slowly, as it cooks.
  5. Add liquid and potatoes.  I like to use chicken bone broth or chicken stock, but you can use broth if you prefer.  When you add the liquid, make sure to stir well, so the flour is mixed in with the liquid and doesn’t clump up.
  6. Boil potatoes until tender.  Don’t cook them TOO much, you want them tender when pierced with a fork, but not mushy.
  7. Stir in cooked sausage and bacon.  This keeps the meats nice and crispy.
  8. Add cream and kale.  Stir well and let the kale wilt.
  9. Enjoy!!

Ladle of zuppa toscana soup


Reheated, yes.  It makes for amazing leftovers the next day!  Frozen, I’m not entirely sure.  Soups with dairy have a propensity for separating when frozen.  So if you want to freeze this soup, I would freeze it before adding the cream and kale.  Just add those as you’re reheating the soup.


This soup is traditionally pretty brothy, but if you prefer a thicker soup, it’s really easy to thicken it.  You can either mash some of the potatoes in the soup, or mix 1 1/2 Tbsp of cornstarch with 2-3 Tbsp of additional heavy cream, and stir it in when you add the cream.  Stir occasionally for the next 5-7 minutes and it’ll thicken up.

Spoonful of copycat zuppa toscana recipe


  1. Control the heat level by using either mild or spicy Italian sausage.  I prefer the spicy variety with the creamy soup, but it’s your soup!
  2. No patience for peeling and chopping potatoes?  In a pinch, I like to keep a bag of refrigerated diced potatoes on hand.  My grocery store carries them next to the eggs (for some reason lol).
  3. Too much grease in your soup?  It happens, especially with the Italian sausage, but you can fix it if it bothers you.  Let the soup cool for 5-10 minutes, then gently skim off the grease layer.
  4. Want to try this soup but following a low-carb way of eating?  Swap out the potatoes for chopped cauliflower florets!


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  • Instant Pot – In case you don’t have one, this is the model I have and love.
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Recipe originally published in 2015, recently updated with new photos and additional content.

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BEST Copycat Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Classic zuppa toscana soup, in slow cooker form! It tastes WAY better than the restaurant version
4.6 from 212 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 790


  • 1 lb ground spicy Italian sausage - (mild can be substituted)
  • 8 slices bacon, diced - (divided)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 Tbsp flour - (cornstarch can be substituted)
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 bunch kale (a couple of handfuls) - de-stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper, - to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes. - optional


  • Heat a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed soup pot over MED-HIGH heat.  Add a small drizzle of oil, then brown sausage, crumbling as it cooks.  Drain well, then remove to a plate.
  • Fry bacon is residual sausage grease until crisp, then remove to plate with the sausage.  Drain all but 1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp of bacon grease.
  • Add onion to pot and cook 5 minutes, adding garlic the last minute.  
  • Sprinkle flour over onion and garlic in pot, then stir to combine.  Pour in chicken stock, stirring as you pour.  Add in potatoes and bring to a boil.
  • Gently boil about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender.  Add in cooked sausage, most of the bacon, heavy cream and kale.  Stir and cook 5-10 minutes until kale is wilted.
  • Taste and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if desired.  Top with remaining bacon and enjoy!



  1. Heat large skillet over medium high heat and brown sausage.  Drain.
  2. Fry bacon and set aside to a plate.
  3. Add onion and minced garlic and cook slightly.
  4. Add sausage, onion and garlic to the bottom of slow cooker.
  5. Add peeled potatoes, cover with chicken stock and water (if necessary) to completely cover potatoes and sausage.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 (potatoes should be soft)
  7. Before serving, whisk together heavy cream and cornstarch or flour until well mixed. Pour into slow cooker, add kale and stir to combine.
  8. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes until soup has thickened slightly.
  9. Taste, season according to your tastes, top with bacon, and serve.



  1. Set a 6-qt instant pot to the saute setting. Add a drizzle of olive oil and Italian sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess grease.
  2. Add bacon and cook until crispy, remove with slotted spoon to a plate.
  3. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in cooked sausage, chicken broth and potatoes.
  5. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then a controlled quick release.
  6. When the pin drops, open the lid.
  7. Whisk together flour/cornstarch and heavy cream, then add to pot, along with kale.  Stir often and let heat through.
  8. Taste and season as desired.  Top with bacon and serve.
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526 comments on “BEST Copycat Zuppa Toscana Recipe”

  1. Tasted great! My husband said he liked it even BETTER than Olive Garden. Used 5 cloves of garlic, half and half and little gold potatoes cut into quarters but otherwise followed the recipe. Definitely a hit!

  2. Sooo good, and so easy! I can hardly cook anything and I did it. Don’t laugh but I didn’t have any kale, so I threw in parsley. It was still delicious. Tasted just like Olive Garden. Thank you for sharing!

  3. can you use spinach instead of kale?

  4. Omg! Had my boyfriend make this tonight and he killed it! We subbed heavy cream for half and half &, bacon with turkey bacon. It came out just like the Olive Garden version! So happy with this

  5. I’m making the soup in the crock pot. While I’m cooking it on low for 5 hours is the bacon that I fried up suppose to be in there cooking with the sausage and onion too or is the bacon only for a topping of the soup at the end? Thank you!

  6. About how many cups do the diced potatoes come out to (if you know)? Just because large potatoes can vary in size 😊

  7. I made this tonight in my instapot. I have never had this soup before, I must say it is delicious! My husband, 22year old daughter, 14 yr old son and myself enjoyed this very much! Will be making this again! Yum Yum

  8. Definitely a new staple in our household! Yum! I thickened it up as recommended and substituted the kale for spinach! AMAZING. Highly recommend!

  9. This was soooo good!

  10. I did freeze this with the kale and dairy added and it was still really good.

  11. I’ve made this recipe all 3 ways, all great! We prefer either the crock pot or instapot methods as the flavors combine better and the kale breaks down a little more in my experience with those methods, just our preference! Very delicious soup!

  12. This is the second time I used this recipe! I absolutely love it! Food Lion has great store brand breadsticks that go great with it. I think the recipe is spot on! Please continue to add recipes! I love your site, your stories, recipes, tips, etc! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Absolutely delicious, definitely a staple in our household. Made this several times, thank you for sharing 🙂

  14. Very delicious and savory. So satisfying. I’ve made this a couple of times and it was a hit each time. My go to recipe.

  15. Been using this recipe since 2015. We make the soup quarterly and all 5 of my SUPER PICKY eaters LOVEEE IT. Trust me: bookmark, pin, save, tweet, screenshot or write down this recipe. 

  16. Very good

  17. Wow. So amazing!!!!! So few ingredients but still so flavorful! I recommend slow cooking broth sausage onion and garlic for 6 hours low and then adding potatoes later to have more control. I used a can of coconut milk instead of heavy cream and still bomb. Delicious with and without bacon 👌🏼

  18. Yummy! Out of this world! Thank you!

  19. My all-time go to when the weather is cold. Most requested soup! I used chorizo sausage,  half & half and cilantro as my substitute ingredients. Also, I have mushrooms and bacon as add-ins. Deliciousness!

  20. I haven’t even completely finished cooking it yet but the taste tests are WOAH! I’m used to a thinner Zuppa at the restaurant so this was a pleasant change. My soup is thick and hearty and going to be the perfect solution to my chilled bones today! Thanks for a great and easy recipe!!! 

  21. I have made this soup many many times, My husband loved it and grandson requests it all the time,I make it as written. I am making it right now. Love

  22. This like the third or fourth time making this… my husband LOVES it!  We omit the bacon (he doesn’t eat pork) and At his suggestion I added clams & mussels this time….Delish!

    EXCELLENT recipe!

  23. Someone may have asked already, but is this soup better in the crock pot or on the stove?

  24. 2 questions. Has anyone used coconut milk instead of heavy cream? And has anyone substitute chicken bone broth instead of broth? I love bone broth. Thank you in advance 😚

    • I haven’t personally used coconut milk, but I know some other readers have done so successfully. Yes, bone broth would be delicious!

    • Yummy! 2nd time making – used all broth (no water) as hubby likes a thicker soup. Made with more hot Italian bulk sausage,  potatoes and used spinach instead of kale  

  25. I have been making a variation of this soup for years, a thinner broth version. My whole family raved about how creamy and delicious this soup was, the perfect change for an annual favorite!

  26. How long will it last in fridge?

  27. Great every time I make it!

  28. Hi, thanks for the recipe.. maybe it’s a stupid question, but is a serving size one cup?

  29. Love this soup so much! Used pancetta instead of bacon and it’s so good! Definitely used more liquid than the recipe calls for but just eyeball it! Great recipe overall

  30. This soup is yummy! My hubby loved it! The caloric intake is a little high, but this is a winner if you’re in the mood for comfort. 

  31. Just like the Olive Garden original except better. My 3 year old enjoyed it too. It’s a winner! I did add fresh basil just to give it a little more Italian flavor. 

  32. Just made it tonight. I love it. I’ve never tried the Olive Garden version so I can’t compare, but honestly how can you go wrong with spicy Italian sausage in anything?!it was delicious. Thank you!

  33. Great solid winter soup recipe. I make a couple of tweaks but it’s hard to go wrong with this one. Thank you for sharing it.

  34. I make this every other week, one of my favorite go to recipes to make for my pregnant wife, absolute perfection!

    To anyone who complains about having to scroll down through “life stories”, remember that this is more of a blog, don’t be rude.

  35. I’m planning on making this tonight. Can I use frozen Kale as a substitute for fresh Kale?

  36. This soup is Amazing! 
    I have made it on the stove top but going to try it in my instapot. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us and making it convenient for stove top or instapot. 

    Amazing how rude and lazy some of these people commenting are. Maybe they will try the soup and shut up!!!!

    Taste just like Olive Garden. Thanks again!!!!

  37. Delicious! I found this to be too much bacon for us, and saved half of it for wraps and salads.
    I love how creamy this one is, it was perfect for a chilly fall night!

  38. Make your “Go To Recipe” button red, or in your case purple so we don’t have to hear your life story just to find the recipe.

  39. Abbondanza superb! It was delicious and I thank you very much for the scrumptious recipe! My family enjoyed it with salad and bread sticks, of course! 😄 

    • Yum!!! I made this for the first time and all I have to say is Yum! My husband liked it too. We ate it with my husband’s homemade bread. It was such a memorable meal! Thank you for the recipe!!!❤️

  40. I’m not a huge fan of kale, would spinach work in place of it?

  41. I found your recipe two weeks ago and I just had to leave you a comment to thank you for it. It is THE best soup I’ve ever tasted and it is so easy to make. My wife loved it so much, she had to tell her family, friends and co-workers who’ve then asked for your recipe. I’ve made it three times since and because it is so easy to make, it has had the same great, consistent flavor. Thank you again and I look forward to more great recipes from you.

    • Yummy soup!  Can I freeze the leftovers?

      • I’ve not tried it myself (mostly because we don’t have leftovers past the next day lol), but also because freezing soups with dairy can be tricky, as they can have a tendency to separate during the freezing/thawing process. I do know a few other readers who have successfully frozen leftovers of this soup though.

  42. Hi! I just wanted to say this recipe is absolutely perfect!! We loved it ! 

  43. My husband is lactose free. What kind of dairy substitute do you recommend?

  44. I don’t think the flour is necessary as a thickener. Also the potatoes should be sliced into half moons rather than diced. Over all it wasn’t my favorite copy cat of this soup.

  45. Wonderful!! I’m so happy! I’m not a great cook even though I do it really often… So perfect! Better than the restaurant. Only changes: I only used 3 large potatoes because it looked like a million of them once they were chopped, and I threw in an extra can of chicken broth because it still seemed like a bunch! I like my soup brothy though. Using “bone stock” like the recipe tips suggested added to the rich flavor. No additional seasonings needed like I feared. Thank you for those tips btw! I saw a horrible comment being frustrated w recipe blogs for putting text above the recipe. While I do relate to that while in a hurry and on mobile, all of your text is useful tips and not blogging about family life. The meanness of that comment was so uncalled for. I hate the internet sometimes. Thank you for sharing a perfect recipe providing so many cooking methods and tips for free!! I would be lost without this website!!

  46. This is a 10/10 recipe. Make all the time with no changes. Way better than the “original”. Thank you! 

  47. Hey id like to maybe for one f*cking time in my life, see a recipe that doesn’t have your entire god d*mn life story and take me twenty seven minutes of scrolling just to find the recipe. Simplicity, ever hear of it? One little paragraph stating what it is, followed by ingredients followed by the recipe. No ads and images in between my device doesnt even load them properly. It literally takes me an hour just to read the f*cking recipe, and then when im making it I have to scroll up and down a million times with my greasy meat hands, smudging my phone or my computer all to hell . I mean is it so hard to just make this easy to read, without scrolling for ever?

    • Oh you can find those very easily! They’re hidden in these things called cookbooks 🙂 You must have missed the handy “Go to Recipe” button right there at the top of the page, so you wouldn’t have had to go through the awful ordeal of scrolling for the free content I’ve provided for you. Oh, and there’s absolutely ZERO life story in this post, all those pesky words are actually tips and tricks about the recipe. There’s also a “Print Recipe” button in the recipe card so you can print said recipe and not have to deal with your device with your “greasy meat hands”. Thanks so much for your incredibly kind comment, and I hope you have a lovely day.

    • You probably aren’t aware, but the text above a recipe is how you are able to find the recipe in the first place. Google requires a minimum word count and the use of keywords for blog posts to show up in search results, let alone show up on the first page or two (unless it’s a super well known site like allrecipes or food network).

      But food bloggers understand how frustrating that is, which is why they include things like Jump To Recipe at the top of the post, as was already explained.

      There are very specific reasons for people doing things. You may not understand why, but that doesn’t mean the reason doesn’t exist.

    • F*@KING ANNOYED…you should feel that you have complete control of your life. If you find things in life that you don’t like, then don’t do it and move on. If you really cannot agree about something, then ignore it and move on. If you don’t like someone, then don’t talk to them and move on. See how much more simpler that is than spending all that time writing an obscene and derisive comment? If things are that bad in your life that you are more concerned about a recipe, then you need professional help that none of us here can give you through the internet (though a smack to the back of your head might knock a little sense into you, albeit temporarily) Good luck to you and I hope your life gets better cause it doesn’t sound like it can get much worse.

  48. Came out perfect! Great recipe that I will be making over and over.

  49. I kinda just threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker since I’ll be gone all day. I hope it’s OK!😳

  50. Quite possibly my favorite soup ever! Used locally made hot Italian sausage and bacon. Ended up adding extra chicken broth since I don’t measure and probably added in a bit more potato and kale than what this called for. Amazing flavors!

  51. I made this in the crockpot once and everyone loved it!! I was asked to double the sausage. I did but I had to add extra chicken broth (almost 16oz) to completely cover the potato’s. Do i need to add more heavy cream & flour or no?

  52. Very, very good! I used Italian sausage and hot breakfast sasuage. I also used chicken stock and chicken broth because I ran out of chicken stock. Family loved it! Will definitely make again. Sn: I used my Instapot.

  53. Very, very good! I used Italian sausage and hot breakfast sasuage. Family loved it! Will definitely make again.

  54. Awesome recipe!! 

  55. Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and still have the same flavor expectation? 

  56. I have made this several times in the instant pot and it is delicious!

  57. I made this last night and it was amazing!!! It taste better than olive garden version. Everyone in my house ate it up this recipe is definitely a keeper.

  58. Tryed this recipe it came out delicious ive never had this soup before and always wanted to try it and it was soo good! I would definitely recommend this recipe to someone wanting to make it! 💕

  59. This soup is delicious!  I used Kolbassi instead of the sausage I didn’t have. Not a fan of kale so used the fresh baby spinach I had. Can’t wait to make it again.  Thanks for the recipe!

  60. This recipe is fantastic. I substituted 1 cup of half and half instead of heavy cream to make it a little lighter but it still turned out great!

  61. Followed recipe to a T except I messed up and added the bacon all in and had to use spinach cuz that’s what they had. Absolutely perfect.Thank you 

  62. My bestie shared this recipe with me. I made it today with a few variations because I don’t eat pork (chicken sausage & turkey bacon) and substituted lactose-free milk & butter for the heavy cream.  It was so yummy!  Totally better than Olive Garden’s because it’s pork and lactose free! My hubby & son also thought it was delicious. Thank you! 🥰

  63. Excellent!!! Can you freeze?

    • I’m not entirely sure. Soups with dairy have a propensity for separating when frozen. So if you want to freeze this soup, I would freeze it before adding the cream and kale. Then just add those as you’re reheating the soup 🙂

  64. Can you use frozen kale over fresh?  The store was out when I went and it’s all they had. 

  65. My wife and I love this recipe so much!
    We use the slow cooker version and it comes out perfect every time. It has definitely become a staple at our house.

  66. Really good, but the broth is a bit too thick. Zuppa has a thinner broth, which I prefer. I also added 1 1/2-2 cups more broth. 

    To me, I’d say, use more broth, and only add 1TBSP of flour. 

    Super yummy and hits the spot! I always use sage ground sausage and add an extra clove of garlic. 

  67. Only changes I made was an extra 32oz of organic chicken stock, and added a little more kale. super good soup, glad I tried the recipe!

  68. Loved this soup so much.Can’t wait to make it for my family.

  69. This recipe has become a staple in my house! My husband asks for it all the time! The only thing I do different is I cook my bacon in the oven on a sheet pan covered with foil at 400 degrees and I do this while I am prepping my other ingredients and cooking the sausage. I just prefer my bacon in the oven and I find it cuts the work down a bit. I do use a bit of the bacon grease when I saute the onion so you get that flavor as if they had cooked together. This soup also heats up great on the stove for another lunch or diner so I always make a double batch! Thanks for the great recipe!

  70. This is so good and easy. It’s become a staple in our household.

  71. During the pandemic, I decided to learn a bit about cooking. I love Olive Garden, and the zuppa Toscana, saw this recipe, and decided to make my first ever soup. Weell, it was fantastic! Better than OG, actually. Going to do the beef stew next!

  72. This recipe is awesome, absolutely delicious. I have been cooking this for my best flriends and family for several years now ….. tonite I smothered my plate with grated parmesan cheese and let it melt…….. Wow…. I will never eat it again without the grated parmesan cheese…….pure perfection. Chef Rick from Louisiana

  73. Good flavor just like Olive Garden 🙂 I did need more chicken stock because my soup turned more into a potato mush rather than a soupy like texture so maybe if you make this keep a spare thing of chicken stock on hand! 

  74. This is by FAR my most favorite soup. I can’t say enough how much I love this! Have never eaten Olive Gardens version. Lol I can only think this version and almost ANY homemade version would be much healthier. 
    The only alterations I made were, 1) I used organic super low sodium chicken broth. 2) I doubled the recipe. 3) I prefer red potatoes or gold potatoes over russet. 
    4) I always add the kale last also, but I don’t cook it more than maybe 3-4 mins. I love the crispness of kale in this soup. It just gives it a very fresh texture and taste. Otherwise, this is the perfect recipe, loaded with flavor and nothing at all needs to be changed! Oh, one last thing is I don’t use any oil to cook the sausage or bacon in. So, it’s all for health reasons basically!! 
    Thank you for posting. 

  75. I used swiss chard instead of kale only because I had alot of it and needed to get rid of the chard. It came out just as good.

  76. I really liked it and it was pretty easy to make. I went with cauliflower instead of potatoes and extra pepper flakes for some added kick.

    But the real praise comes from my highly stoic, somewhat apathetic, 16 y.o son, who said “Umm, I like this”. Such high praise from a teenager does not come easy nor come often!


    • The cauliflower is a really great idea to cut carbs. 

    • Living the low carb lifestyle, I’m getting tired of cauliflower in everything. I used turnips in place of the potatoes and it turned out fantastic! They have the same texture as the potato would have, and soaked up some of that bacon grease.

  77. Deliciousness!! I’ve made it 10 times or more. Never fails. Always delicious. Is it 790 calories a serving? 

  78. This is now a regular, well-loved recipe in my household. I’ve made it at least 5 times now, and as long as I follow the recipe to a T, it always turns out delicious.

  79. I did make this recipe and it is actually better than Olive Garden’s. Sorry Olive Garden but I say that because mine have a lot more meat (chunks instead of crumbles) and a lot more flavor!🤗🤗

  80. This is my 3rd recipe of yours this week. I think I found my new fav chef 🙂 

  81. Instant mashed potatoes is also a great soup thickener.

  82. Can I use whipping cream instead?

  83. I make this atleast once a month. It’s so delicious and so easy. I loveeee bacon but I skip that step.

  84. this tastes perfect!! i ended up doubling both the broth and the heavy cream because i decided to use my food processor and slice the potatoes in thin rounds just like OG does and there were just too many potatoes. With those 2 changes it was literally PERFECT! I will be making this all the time now! I also got 7 portions because of the extra liquid as well. barely fit in my pot.

  85. This soup is soooooo delicious. I have made this recipe twice now, and this second batch was amazing. 🙏🙏🙏

  86. Super delicious recipe! I used mild italian sausage and used 48oz of broth. With just 32oz and the heavy cream, it was too thick and there wasn’t enough room to add in the kale. Other than those two changes, it was absolutely delicious. In my opinion it was better than Olive Garden!

  87. Was there suppose to be water added to this? Mine came out way too thick?

  88. I make this at least once a month if not more. We prefer it with spinach and more potatoes than called for. I always thicken it with heavy cream. Also adding a couple small cans of drained mushrooms is a delicious addition!

  89. It looks delicious!

  90. These were the last of my fresh items during the “situation” of 2020.  I substituted sliced canNed potatoes and frozen spinach for fresh since that’s all I had left. Let me tell you this.  It was so awesome. Wow.  I added the vegetables the last 10 minutes of simmering.  When I got back to the store I bought the ingredients again except all fresh.  I can’t wait to eat this again and Eat it from Olive Garden. Wow it was awesome.  Make this.  Now!!!  Goo!!!!!  😂😀🤪😃

  91. This is the best copycat version I’ve tried. This was even better than the soup at Olive Garden. I’ve already shared this recipe with 5 other people. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

  92. Can I use spinach instead of kale..and ok to just cook on the stove?

  93. This looks like the perfect soup to have in a cold day! Thanks for sharing!

  94. So good! Definitely a great comfort food.

  95. So easy to make and it tuned out absolutely amazing! My family loved it. Thank you

  96. Amazing tips in recipies

  97. Oh my goodness!!! This soup is better than Olive Garden. No, really. It’s better. It’s snowing here in Eastern NC tonight, and I made this for supper with a loaf of crusty French bread, and between my husband, our 4-year-old, and myself, we ate almost the whole pot. I will definitely double this the next time I make….which will be very soon.

  98. This is a very good and tasty soup. My first time to try it and I will definitely make again.

  99. Just made this, it’s so yummy. I used some chicken with basil and mozzarella sausage I already had in the freezer and I didn’t have any heavy cream so I substituted even parts Greek yogurt and milk , it is awesome if I don’t say so myself 😊

  100. Made per recipe but I forgot heavy cream so I used half & half.  It’s so delicious, easy to make and taste is better than restaurant!

  101. I made this for the first time and I love it! So good and while it seems like a lot of steps it’s real easy to follow the recipe. I will defenitly make it again.

  102. Can you substitute half & half for the heavy cream?

  103. This is an amazing soup! It’s more than a soup! The flavors and textures go so well together. Olive Garden‘s Zuppa is my favorite soup there but this recipe was so much better than theirs! My husband who is an excellent cook and loves to eat and has told me numerous times how amazing this is and it might be the best dish I’ve ever made. We will make it often. 

  104. Hi there,
    Can I add more chicken stock to make more soup?? Will it screw up the recipe?

  105. So yummy! Whole family loves it!

  106. Can I use heavy cream whipped thats all I see at the stores so I’m confused

  107. In your stove top version, it says to add the bacon in both Step 5 and 6. Which is right ? I added it in Step 5, hoping that’s correct. Thanks!

  108. My family has had a version of this before but your recipe and tips made it that much better.  I like that its pretty easy and it tastes amazing. 

  109. This is an Excellent Hearty Soup! And in my opinion,better than the one at Olive Garden. I have now made this twice,and i am so pleased as my husband loves it! And he is not a huge soup fan,although i do make many different “homemade” soups/stews.If you use sweet italian sausage i have found a teaspoon of crushed red pepper is about right for heat,but up to each person`s taste,of course.

  110. A delicious recipe for a very satisfying soup! Took this soup to a party and one man hardly had it in his mouth, before sounds of delight bagan issuing from him. I’ve made this for my family as well, and even the picky ones liked it.

  111. Great recipe!! I made it this weekend and it was delish! I did have to add more heavy cream and water to thin it out a bit. But was easy peasy to make and we loved it!! 

  112. I make this on a regular basis and it is the most delicious soup I’ve ever had!

    Sometimes I use ground turkey breakfast sausage when I don’t have pork, and I always add fresh mushrooms, and it always comes out great!

    I love making it in the crock pot, my house smells amazing all day!

  113. Made this soup! Was wonderful, made it in crockpot,
    Nothing was left! Says a lot in itself!
    Thank you

  114. One of my families favorite dinners!! Followed all ingredients and directions- also had some cheese ravioli that needed cooked so we added it to the soup. It was delicious!!! 

  115. In the instant pot version after you’ve drained the sausage I don’t see when it gets added back in. Is it when you added the broth or at the end when you’re added the kale/cream/flour mixture?

    Also I’ve made this several times in the slow cooker and it’s delicious!! I see you’ve made a couple small tweaks. I still love to use the simply potatoes because it’s so easy and I’ve since swapped out the sausage for ground chicken or turkey. We also love the kale in this soup and end up adding the whole bunch. I used to really love this soup at Olive Garden but since making this recipe and going back I actually don’t like theirs anymore. I’ve tried it on two separate occasions and I don’t know if they’ve changed it from a few years ago but this is WAY tastier!!! The rest of my family agrees as well – thanks for sharing!

  116.  In the slow cooker version it never says when to add the bacon back in?

  117. This recipe is great! Came out perfect the first time we tried it! My husband loved it!

  118. I’m excited to make this for potluck!  I need to double the recipe. I would like spice but not too much. Wondering if you have mixed a package of mild sausage and a package of spicy?  How does it turn out? Thank you!

  119. So good!! I made it on the stovetop and added more stock, kale and potatoes to make more soup!  Thank you! 

  120. This soup is excellent! I followed the crockpot recipe both times. I’ve made it once with spicy italian sausage and once with mild italian sausage. I definitely prefer the spicy italian sausage. My husband ate the bacon that I cooked in the morning to use in the soup but we didn’t miss it. The soup was still good. I served it with garlic toast on the side. This one is a keeper!

  121. Great recipe. Made it today and it was absolutely delicious! I used mild Italian sausage and added the red pepper flakes for flavor. The only suggestion I would do is next time add a lil more chicken broth. I could have used more broth for sure. But besides that this was great! 

  122. When do you add the bacon to the crockpot? 

  123. Made it this evening with turkey sausage and extra red pepper flakes….omg, this was fantastic!

  124. It’s just going on 10p.m. and served up your soup, to 20 ppl. Made in a 16qt kettle and there is approximately 3 inches left in the bottom.
    Thank you for such a straight forward recipe. It was wonderful!

  125. Wonderful recipe! I increased the recipe to feed 20 as we are hosting a Loaf and Ladle party at our apartment community room tonight. Yummies will abound😄.
    I have sautéed the sausage using a 4 pound blend of hot, sweet and garlic/cheese Italian sausage. I have browned it off, sautéed pancetta and set sausage/ bacon aside.
    Drained the pot of grease, except for a small bit. Added 4 chopped sweet onions, 7 cloves of garlic, sautéed as directed. Added fresh cracked pepper, a bit of sea salt to help onions release brown-ness on pot bottom. Chili flakes and Italian dried blend that includes fennel.
    Potatoes are in the pot and chicken stock has been added.
    It”s only goingon 11a.m. today 12/21.
    Can I simmer the potatoes till fork tender, add the sausage bacon, let simmer a bit to meld flavors and wait until later to finish off with the kale and cream? I don’t want the kale to become absolute mush. Kitchen smells Grrreat! 😉😃.
    Thank you for your time. …so, can I? Need it ready for 3:30.

  126. I made this for an Advent dinner last week at church and it was a huge success! A lot of people came up to me asking for the recipe. I was hoping to bring leftovers home but it was devoured so making another batch today. This is definitely going into my favorites recipe file. Thank you!

  127. Can I just saying your recipe was on point???????? I made it for potluck and people DEVOURED IT!!!!! I have made others before and your recipe was PERFECT!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!

  128. Oh my gosh! I stumbled across this recipe and let me tell you …. AMAZING!!!! I’m a Mother of two, nursing school full time and working. Easiest recipe and even my picky kids are it! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe for us to sit around the table for once in our busy life 🙂 

    Thank you!!!! 

  129. Can I use half and half instead of heavy cream? 

  130. Made this tonight in two batches. One, 3/4 of the recipe, with the potatoes. The other 1/4 using steamed cauliflower florets (about 4 to 5 minutes, not quite fully cooked for a lower carb version) and then added per recipe instructions along with the kale. We have enjoyed this soup MANY times and honestly, WE couldn’t taste the difference between the two.

  131. Thank you so much!!! This recipe is one of my family’s favorites. 
    I would add a picture but I don’t know how. LOL
    Guess I need to ask one of my grandchildren. 

  132. In the crock pot recipe, when do you add bacon? 

  133. Just made this and my boyfriend LOVESSSSS it. It’s so good. I used to work at Olive Garden and this by far better than the original. I didn’t use the bacon and I used mild sausage. I added two big handfuls of Parmesan at the end 

  134. This soup was exactly like Olive Gardens. My husband. Loved it and all 5 of my kids did too including my 2 year old. I also used hot Italian sausage.

  135. This soup is amazing!!!! My favorite crock pot recipe yet 😁

  136. This is such an easy recipe and yet so incredibly tasty.  Obviously I have borrowed from a few different recipes and each time just gets better.  And though I come from a Mexican background, I personally found the spicy sausage a bit much and so I stick to the medium mild Italian sausage.  But I do now add mushrooms and I can’t say that it adds a lot more flavor but it adds some texture. I think there is no better meal on a very cold.  I love it so much I even made it in late summer when temperatures had cooled down in California.

  137. In the pressure cooker option can I put raw potatos in and how much would you.suggest upping the time then?

  138. I love this soup. I, like you prefer the spicy Italian sausage. I also like to change out the potatoes for turnips. I also use fresh spinach in place of the kale. Love the versatility of this soup

  139. I was wondering if you could substitute sweet potato? That’s what I have and I would prefer not to have to go to the store.

  140. I made this with an almond soup base instead of using heavy cream. It came out creamy too. Finding almond milk base isn’t easy but I’m going to try and make my own base next time. Great recipe, I make often…great comfort food on the cold days..

  141. Would shredded cheese be good in this also

  142. Help! On the instant pot directions, do I cook the bacon with the sausage in the pot and then just take out the bacon? Or remove the sausage too? When do I put it back in? Thank you!!!

  143. I made this tonight and it is soooo good!
    I used spicy Italian sausage and baby kale and I doubled the garlic. This recipe is even better than at Olive Garden! I will never order it again since it is so easy to make.
    Thank you for the recipe and the crock/instapot directions too. 🙂

  144. This was really good. I love it.

  145. Can you substitue pancetta for bacon with this recipe??

  146. This was SUCH an amazing recipe!!!! My husband and I both loved it! I even took a little tupperware container to my sister as comfort food and she loved it too! Thanks!!!

  147. I have never added flour. I do add a lot of heavy cream. This is my favorite soup. Anything I make it i have to either not tell anyone or make several stock pots.

  148. I made this tonight, It was delicious! I did the thicker version and added the red pepper flakes. I doubled the recipe…we had 6 people and only had about 4 cups left over….Everyone loved it and requested it again, soon!

  149. I made this soup for my sick husband last night. It was so so delicious. Everybody loved it. I had Turkey sausage instead of Pork so used it. I also had no heavy cream in the hand so I mixed 1 cup of whole milk+2 TBSP Corn Starch and turned out really good. Thanks for the great recipe. Look like this soup is going to be hit for cold winter nights!

  150. Omg I made this in a small batch first not sure how itd turn out but I had to make a 2nd batch the next day because everyone ate the first one haha

  151. How much is a serving? Is it one cup or two cups or more, or less?

  152. The recipe is so good I NAILED IT 😆😆😆

  153. Is the calorie content for the entire 6 servings or per serving? 789 calories seems awfully high for one serving. 

    • This certainly isn’t a diet-friendly soup, much like the restaurant version, so the calorie count is per serving. However, the number is an approximation, as no computer program is 100% accurate.

  154. I have made this several times and it is always delicious.
    I use spicy sausage and about 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes. Using Simply Potatoes diced potatoes makes 
    this a breeze to make. I don’t use any flour to thicken 
    only heavy cream! I have a pot of it cooking right now.

  155. Look no further for a copy cat recipe if this is your favorite soup from Olive Garden!!!
    I have made this recipe a dozen or so times now! We use hot Italian sausage (we have a thing for spicier foods) and it became a family favorite with the very first spoonful. The kids (all 3 of them) demand it every time it gets cold and rainy. It tastes exactly like Olive Gardens and saves well for later on or the next day when my husband takes it to work.
    I literally just finished collecting the ingredients to make it today! And we are so excited!!

  156. Also, regarding the potatoes, Aldi (and I’m sure many other markets) have little bite-sized potatoes that are perfect for something like this. 😀

  157. Regarding the freezing, I’ve made this before (not this version). It froze nicely and didn’t separate when I heated it up. I waited until it cooled completely then separated into freezer bags and made sure all the air was out. Worked like a charm.

  158. Made this today and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! 

  159. Looks delish!! I’m trying the slow cooker method as we speak. Out of the 3 methods, which method produces the best flavor?

  160. Add crushed fennel for a “better than the restaurant” taste. Yummy

  161. Did you change this recipe? I have made this a lot and now it looks different.

  162. Delicious! We love this soup at Olive Garden so I was nervous to make it myself, as I have never made soup before but it was amazing, even better than the restaurant! We will definitely be making this again!!

  163. Love this Soup, Just saying 🙂

  164. The recipe for a regular large pot was included before. I scoured the internet but can’t find it anywhere. Can you share those directions again please?

  165. This is seriously making me hungry! This couldn’t look any more perfect!

  166. Best soup ever! Can’t wait to try this!!

  167. Is this a slightly different updated recipe? I thought it had Simply Potatoes (w/ onions) in the recipe and I don’t remember the bacon! Am I just going crazy? 🤪 

    • I updated it slightly, as most people prefer to use regular potatoes and onion (although I mentioned in the body of the post that I like to use simply potatoes when I’m pressed for time), and I added the bacon, as I felt it added a bolder flavor. Feel free to leave it out if you like 🙂

  168. This looks better than Olive Garden! So comforting and delicious!

  169. this looks like a perfect bowl of comfort!!

  170. Looks insanely delicious! I bet those flavors on it are amazing that makes this simply irresistible, need to make this soon!

  171. I could eat this soup every single day! it’s absolutely delicious!

  172. I order this every time I go. Can’t wait to make it at home!

  173. When do i add the bacon to the slow cooker version?

    Thank you!

  174. This turned out delicious! Made it on the stove in my Dutch oven. Only added some extra kale. Was a hit- this recipe is definitely a keeper.

  175. Taste great! Hubby is picky but he lived it so I’m making a second time actually right now! I used half and half instead of heavy cream and taste so good! 

  176. Can I use heavy whipping cream? Instead of the heavy cream? That is all I found at the store. 

    Thank you! 

  177. Good morning! I just recently found your blog and your recipes are outstanding! Can you share which of your amazing slow cooker soup recipes you think would go well with a lasagna dinner? I’m having a dinner party and don’t have time to try them before Saturday so I went straight to the expert for advice….YOU! Thank you!

  178. Is this good to freeze? I work a lot of long hours and love this soup, but I live alone and can’t eat it all. 

  179. #chunkychef!  This is awesome
    Good!!! Made it yesterday and took it to a dinner party! Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Just want to add to people thinking the potatoes get too mushy… the don’t,  they are firm when the soup is ready. I used the simply potatoes like you suggested. And what a great time saver and they are delish. First time I have used them .  And mine cooked for about 7 hours. I didn’t have anything but self-rising flour so I added 2 tablespoons of corn starch to 1/4 cup of water and added to the soup instead of the flour.  And I mixed mild and spicy sausage just incase we had people that did’nt like it too spicy.  Awesome soup. This will be on the menu often! 

  180. Really good! And super convenient will be making this again. 

  181. Any ideas on how I can make it dairy free?

    • We eat dairy, so I’m not super familiar with dairy-free alternatives, but I’ve had a few readers say they used cream of coconut in place of the cream.

    • I just saw a paleo version of this made with a can of coconut milk. It also had the option of making cashew cream with water and raw cashews. Both options would be great!

  182. I want this soup so bad. Serious deliciousness happening here. I need to make this asap!

  183. Great recipe. Easy to make. 

  184. I just made this delicious soup – I wish you could see my two year old gobbling it up!

    I made it in the instant pot – my first time adapting a recipe for it on my own – and it turned out great, so I thought I’d post what I did for anyone who’s wondering.

    I hit saute and browned the sausage with some pepper flakes. Added the minced garlic, stirred it up for a minute, then drained it.
    Added the chicken stock, potatoes and onions (I had some to use up, so I cut mine rather than using the pre-diced, which I totally love though and use often when time is more pressing).
    Set the IP on manual, high pressure for 12 minutes.
    When that beeped, I covered the release valve with a towel and did a quick release.
    Set the IP to saute again and added the flour/cream mixture, stirring. It boiled up pretty quickly, so I let that go for a minute while I grabbed frozen chopped spinach from the freezer, then I added that in, and let it simmer until my little guy was begging for some soup. The spinach took maybe a minute to cook, and it was perfect.

    Added a little salt and pepper, served it to him and he’s giving me thumbs up(s) and saying yum yum constantly.

    I can’t wait until my hubs gets home so we can eat! lol hooray for keep warm.

    I’ll make this again and again and again! Thank you for the recipe!!!!

    • Thank you so much for posting this! I just bought an IP and was planning to use it for this soup but had no idea how. You rock. 

  185. I need to make this gluten-free, can I substitute cornstarch for the flour?

  186. this meal tastes nice with white ugali when served hot.

  187. I have made this before and it’s delicious. I substitute a gluten free flour as my daughter is celiac. My question is this…. ca zen u make this and skip the kale making it a creamy sausage potatoe soup? I love it with the kale but we are camping this weekend with some people who do not like their veggies. If I were to skip the kale should I be using less broth or cream or will it not matter? 

  188. I love soup and I could eat lots of this! It sounds appealing and delicious, what a great recipe 🙂

  189. Hello! This look super yummy and easy! I would like to use my instant pot instead of the slow cooker though. Do you have any experience with an instant pot? If so what would suggest for cook times? Thank you

    • Hi Becky 🙂 I’m just getting into using my Instant Pot, so I’m not familiar enough with it to give you accurate cooking times, unfortunately. Maybe another reader here has some suggestions, or you could find an Instant Pot recipe, and use these ingredients in place of theirs.

  190. This soup was absolutely amazing.
    The Kale was probably my favorite part since it absorbs the flavor of the soup, just be sure to add it about 30 minutes before the soup is ready to serve for best texture. My favorite soup!
    Making a double batch now.

  191. I LOVE this recipe

  192. Made today we loved it.i did use mild sausage w red pepper flakes.needed spicy sausage or more pepper flakes but even so tasted wonderful! Fresh potatoes ane pinch of tarragon.half bag frozen crockpot worked great very easy very tasty.ill try spicy sausage next time..tysm for this one its keeper for these frigid winter days!!

  193. Very good! I almost ayr the whole pot, alone. And only very reluctantly shared. Great recipe! Thanks.

  194. This is a delicious recipe especially with coconut milk!

  195. This soup in INCREDIBLE! The only substitutions I made was using regular (not hot) Italian sausage and I used fresh potatoes (Yukon Gold minis) and onions. My husband isn’t a kale eater, but once I made the soup, he loved it. (Only after he told me how good it was, did I tell him there was kale in the soup) 😉
    I froze the leftovers and they were just as good, if not better than the day I made it!

  196. Hi, if I used spinach instead of kale, would fresh or frozen be used? Thank you:)

  197. Just tried this tonight for the first time my husband is not a soup fan but he LOVE it, A valuable keeper. SO yummy!!!! 🙂 Thank you!

  198. I doubled up this recipe and I took it to a friends annual “Soup night” get together, and it was a great hit. It was easy to make even though I cut my own potatoes, and it tasted fantastic.

  199. Can you freeze leftovers of this soup? I’m making it tomorrow and using fat free half and half.

  200. Half and half works great! It still has 18% fat (as opposed to a super crazy cut to 2% milk). Amazing family soup for a chilly winter night!

  201. The Zuppa tuscana was fabulous. My tweeks were sweet Italian sausage I used baby spinach instead of kale and canned milk.. We had guest for dinner and they couldn’t stop raving about it !! Hubby is ready for another pot.

  202. I’ve made this multiple times using half & half and spinach and it always turns out delicious ! TY !

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  205. I typically never leave comments on recipes, but simply HAD to after trying this one! WOW – this soup is A-MAZING. I made it this past weekend and it couldn’t be easier. Even my boyfriend who isn’t a big soup eater loved it! The perfect amount of spice, and hearty without being too heavy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  206. Has anyone tried this with Veggie meat? I always try recipes as is the first time around and this is AMAZING!!

    However my husband and I are trying to veer away from so much meat. I like the ground turkey suggestions for a bit more of a healthy meat option. Just wondering if anyone tried like a veggie meat option. The biggest issues I can think of is (1) veggie meat tends to cook a lot faster and (2) it probably wouldn’t be at tender.

  207. Sounds great, but what about the sodium intake?

    • I don’t calculate sodium or any nutritional information other than calories (since that’s what Google want to see). Also, this recipe isn’t supposed to be healthy in any way, it’s a copycat of Olive Garden’s dish.

  208. I’m making this for the third time, everyone just loves it! However, this time I have a sibling who does gluten free. Do you think it’ll be fine to eliminate the flour? Would it not thicken up?

    • Hi Tanya 🙂 I’ve never made it without the flour… maybe you could try some cornstarch? I know some brands are gluten free. If not, I think it’ll be okay without the flour… you could also use a potato masher and mash a few of the potatoes, which will help thicken it as well 🙂

  209. This soup was so incredibly good. And super easy. You know how sometimes you are super excited to make a recipie and then it’s bland and you are so disspointed .. that was not the case at all!

  210. Good base, just a little too plain for my taste. I added some carrots instead of kale, and then some tortellinis at the end. My husband and I love it!

  211. Tonight for dinner I made your crockpot copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Tuscan Soup. My family loves it. A small amount left over for lunch tomorrow. A slice of crusty bread hit the spot. It was very easy and nice to have something different.

  212. This soup is absolutely wonderful. Every time I make it the entire family raves about how good it is. It is actually better the next day. Thanks so much for the recipe. I haven’t made it in the crock pot yet, only stove top.

  213. I loved this soup! I was wondering though…what is the purpose of the kale in it? Could it be made without it? MY husband would not eat this if I made it for him because of the kale…

    • Hi Betsy 🙂 You could absolutely substitute with spinach if he prefers that or I guess leave the greens out altogether. I added kale because this is a copycat recipe like the one at Olive Garden, and they use kale.

  214. Can almond milk be used instead of half and half and will I still need to add the flour to it?

  215. I made this on the stovetop tonight and it was so, so good. So full of flavor and so filling. Thank you so much for the beautiful recipe!

  216. When you cook this stove top should I cover it while it’s at the low boil?

  217. I made this yesterday to portion out for lunches at work for the week. It is so delicious! I ended up getting a bag of frozen potatoes that had onions and peppers in it, and I thought it was a great addition to the soup. My fiance’ doesn’t normally eat lunch at work thought it was so delicious that he asked me to portion some out for him to take to work too! I am currently at my desk eating my lunch and all of mu coworkers have asked what kind of deliciousness I’m eating. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  218. I make zuppa toscana pretty regularly and it takes about an hour, if that long, and only one pot. Why would I want to add extra cleanup and more than four hours to the cooking time?

    • Hi Emily 🙂 Well you absolutely don’t have to make it in the slow cooker. Many readers reached out to me and asked for a slow cooker version, so I posted this one. Some people aren’t home all day, or don’t have a hour or more in the evening to cook. It’s another way to cook it, not a replacement for your version. Feel free to cook whatever version you like, no one is forcing you to cook it in the slow cooker.

  219. FYI The actual recipe would not have flour in it as it is on the gluten-free menu.

  220. Made the Zuppa Tascana. It came out PERFECT. I double the recipe for more people and everyone LOVED IT.

  221. I used half and half and it’s delicious. Thanks!

  222. I looove this soup! I’ve made it 3 times and actually have some cooking right now! 🙂 I went back to the Olive Garden after making it to compare since I forgot what the restaurant’s tasted like and in my opinion this recipe is way better. I always end up adding the whole bunch of kale instead of half because it spreads too this once it all shrinks away (my boyfriend’s suggestion) and it’s the perfect amount. I’ve made it cutting up the onion and potatoes myself and using the simply potatoes bag and I do really like the convenience of the latter and that they’re not frozen! My sister doesn’t eat pork so I’ve also made it with ground chicken and seasoned the meat myself and it turned out much tastier than I was expecting (I think I preferred it in fact). My mouth is watering waiting for this batch to finish! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!!!

  223. Gave it rating based on the recipe alone.

    Actually I just wanted to sign up for the newsletter and couldn’t find a way other than posting a review. Could be I missed the letter sign up.

    I did take a quick look at the site, looks good.

  224. Just tried this tonight for the first time, SO yummy!!!! 🙂 Thank you!

  225. Fantastic recipe, it turned out amazing!! Thank you!!

  226. the soup sounds great and will be trying it soon, this is for the reader that had a comment about the name of the dish, there is a Tuscan kale and perhaps that’s why it was named as such?

  227. This recipe looks great! Do you know how long I would cook it in an InstaPot? I appreciate any feedback asap! 😉

  228. I don’t have any fresh potatoes or the simply potatoes on hand. Would the frozen diced hash brown potatoes work?

  229. Hi – do you know if this freezes well? Looking for some freeze-ahead recipes.

  230. Has anyone tried this substituting sweet potatoes for the regular potatoes? Looking for a Paleo alternative.

  231. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I used half & half instead of cream and fresh potatoes and onion instead of Simply Potatoes. I cooked it on high and would suggest cooking for 4 hours (as opposed to being closer to the 3-hour mark) so that the potatoes soften up enough. Still super delicious!! Thank you for posting this!

  232. This was so delicious!!! Thank you for sharing! Does this soup freeze well? With just 2 of us, I’d like to freeze for another time.

    • Hi Deb 🙂 I’m so glad you loved the soup! I’ve never frozen the soup before, but I think it should work just fine 🙂

    • I made it for just 2, as well. I did freeze my extras and reheated later. It worked well. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I heated it up in a pot on the stove rather than the microwave. It took about 10 minutes and was as good as the first day I made it!

  233. I made this soup tonight….AWESOME! I subbed spinach for Kale & used half & half. It was great!

  234. I love this soup. It is perfect on cold winter nights! I like to use cauliflower instead of potatoes. It makes a great low-carb, healthier version of the soup. I also like to use 1/2 mild and 1/2 hot Italian sausage. It gives it just enough heat and flavor, but you don’t notice the heat! I have never thought to use a slow cooker. Thanks for the tip.

  235. What can you use instead off cream for those off us who are lactose5

  236. I am wondering, is it 500 calories per serving or for the entire batch?

  237. Could you make this in a Dutch oven? I got one for Christmas and I’m dying to use it! How would the time and temperatures convert?

    • Hi Jordana 🙂 Congratulations on your dutch oven! I love mine 🙂 Are you wanting to use it on your stovetop? I think that would be the best way to use it, as cooking the soup in the oven can be tricky (the potatoes could end up really mushy). Here’s what I’ve recommended to other readers wanting a stovetop conversion… In your dutch oven, brown the Italian sausage and red pepper flakes over MED-HIGH heat. The last minute or two, add minced garlic. Drain.
      Add chicken stock and bag of diced potatoes and onion (or substituted russet potatoes and diced onion), bring to a boil.
      Keep at a low boil for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender (this time will vary based on your stove).
      Whisk flour and heavy cream and add to pot, stirring to combine.
      Add in kale, stir, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes (or until soup has thickened slightly).
      Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
      I really hope you love the soup!

  238. Could you use regular pork sausage or does it have to be Italian. I can’t get Italian here in this small town.

    • Hi Margaret 🙂 I’ve never made it using regular pork sausage, but I’m sure that would work just fine! If you want that Italian flavor (like Olive Garden’s), maybe add a pinch of Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes to the pork as it cooks 🙂

  239. The Italian sausage that I have is actual sausages. Is that the same thing that is used here?

    • Hi Shannon 🙂 I used ground sausage that came pre-ground like hamburger meat… but if you have sausages, you could carefully slice open the casings, squeeze out the inside of the sausages (which is basically ground sausage) and cook as directed 🙂 I’ve also seen some recipe that use sliced sausages, so if you’d prefer that route, I’m sure it would work too 🙂

  240. This looks so yummy! How much kale or spinach should we use?

  241. Hi Amanda! Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe! That’s one of my all time favorite soups and I can’t wait to try it. I have a 2 qt Crockpot and I was wondering how to alter the recipe for a smaller slow cooker?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Liz 🙂 I hope you love it as much as we do!! I think halving the recipe should work, as the recipe only fills about half of my 6 qt slow cooker. If you wanted to be completely safe, you could cut the recipe down to 1/3, but that seems like a lot of math to me lol. I’d love to know how you like the recipe!

  242. I have always fixed my version of this soup on the stove and my family loves it. Excited to see how crockpot version turns out tonight. For people commenting on being too spicy- I always use half hot Italian & half mild or sweet Italian sausage. So you get a little kick but it is still kid friendly. Also you can now put the other half of your sausages in freezer and just pull them out for the next batch of soup!

  243. Made this last night for my family, and it was amazing! Delicious with kale, btw. and a side of french bread. Tastes just like theirs too! TY for sharing.

  244. One of my favorite soups; Half and half works just fine in the place of cream.

  245. If it serves 6 does that fill your crock pot or are you able to double it in that size of crock? I have to feed 7 peeps and I’m sure they will all wants seconds

    • Hi Kristina 🙂 It would depend on the size of your slow cooker, as mine is usually about 2/3 full with this soup.

      • In mmm in the same boat. Needing to feed 7 hungry people. Did you have enough for everyone plus a few that might want seconds? If I wanted to add just a little more to the recipe, what would you suggest the measurements of each ingredient be? Sorry for the trouble…just want to make sure I have Enough. Thanks!

        • I think this comment was to Kristina, but in case she doesn’t see it, I’ll try to chime in 🙂 Do you happen to know what size your crockpot is? When I make this in my 7 quart crockpot it’s about 2/3 of the way full. If people are going to want seconds, I’d probably double the recipe and cook it in 2 separate crockpots just to be safe 🙂

  246. This soup recipe was super easy! I LOVE the Olive Garden version, but this one turned out even better. I’m hooked!

  247. I made this last night and it was so good! I definitely plan on making it again. Thank you for the recipe!

  248. All I can say is bravo! Really wonderful, comforting soup.

  249. How would you adapt this for the stove top? I’ve seen that others have done it in these comments, but nobody says how (like how long to cook it before and after adding the flour mixture). I’m not a very good cook and need to follow a recipe to get anything to turn out right. Thanks!

    • Hi Shannon 🙂 I’ve never cooked this without using my slow cooker (as it’s just so convenient), but here’s what I think should work:
      In a dutch oven or whatever big pot you usually cook soup in, brown the Italian sausage and red pepper flakes over MED-HIGH heat. The last minute or two, add minced garlic. Drain.
      Add chicken stock and bag of diced potatoes and onion, bring to a boil.
      Keep at a low boil for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender (this time will vary based on your stove).
      Whisk flour and heavy cream and add to pot, stirring to combine.
      Add in kale, stir, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 5-10 minutes (or until soup has thickened slightly).
      Season with salt and pepper, and serve 🙂
      I hope this works out for you.. it’s such a perfect chilly weather meal 🙂

  250. Hi! I found this recipe on Pinterest & had to try it tonight! So quick & easy, even with cooking it on the stove & using regular potatoes (couldn’t find the bagged ones that weren’t hash browns). It was delicious! Going into my Autumn/Winter rotation. Thank you!!

  251. Hi there! I tried this today and I have to say a huge THANK YOU! This recipe is great. I made it exactly according to the original recipe except I cut my own onions and potatoes. This is for sure being added to my favorite slow cooker meals!

  252. As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon, I read your wonderful recipe and it did intrigue me. I didn’t have the time for the slow cooker and made in a large pot on stove. I added fat free half and half and fresh spinach! The smell has slowly permeated my whole house and it is just delightful. The half and half worked wonderfully! Great food and great ideas! Keep up the good work!

  253. Excellent soup! Made it today but used mild Italian chicken sausage, half & half, and baby spinach leaves and it was delicious! My husband and I loved it! Thank you for sharing; I will definitely be making it again!

  254. I’ve made this 3 times now! Lots of my close friends are gluten and dairy intolerant so I nix the flour and use coconut cream instead of heavy cream. Always a hit and lucky to obtain leftovers 🙂

  255. Can you double the recipe? Would I just add twice às much? I can’t wait to try with my family!

    • Hi Heidi 🙂 In order to double the recipe, you’d need a REALLY big slow cooker… probably the best bet would be to have two slow cookers side by side and have the recipe going in each. I just don’t know that it would all fit in one… even one of the bigger ones. But yes, to double it, you would just add twice as much of all the ingredients 🙂

  256. This look too delish!! Can you make it without a slow cooker? They’re not very common here in Denmark ?

  257. bring me to your blog :D. Looks awesome! Can’t wait to try! So fresh and yummy!

  258. I make this a lot but not in the crockpot. I use mild Italian sausage and add just a tiny bit of red pepper flakes. I also use unpeeled sliced potatoes instead of frozen ones. It doesn’t take that long for them to cook. Also use regular whole milk a lot of times. I never thicken it and it tastes just like olive gardens.i can make this ready to eat in 30 minutes.

  259. I loved loved loved this soup and made it last week in hot humid New Orleans. I’m trying it this weekend with chicken bc my niece suggested it as we thought the sausage became overwhelming at times. I will post on the outcome. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Vanessa! I’m so happy you loved the soup, even in such hot weather 🙂 Yes, for those that aren’t crazy about sausage, it could be a bit much, so I’d love to hear how the chicken turns out 🙂

  260. Perfect fall soup. Can’t wait for this heat to go away so I can make a big pot of this! Delicious!

  261. I tried this recipe and it was amazing! I couldn’t find Simply Potatoes at my local store, so I just diced two large gold potatoes I had at home. Just incredible! I’ve already passed the recipe to a coworker and friends!

  262. So good! My husband loved it so much he had seconds!

  263. I am a huge fan of soups!! I can eat it any time of the year 🙂
    I am getting ready to put this in my crock pot right now. Can’t wait to try! I’ve never had kale tho before. So I’m super excited to try something new.

  264. Silly question: have you made it on a prep day with the intention of eating later in the week? Just wondering if I should wait to add the cream until right before we eat or if I add it when it’s done cooking and let it sit in the fridge for a day or so if it will still be ok? I’m sure the it will separate a bit but nothing a little heating and stirring can’t handle, right??

    • Hi Sarah 🙂 I’ve never made it with prepping in mind… but I think that adding the cream as normal should be okay. When you reheat and stir it should come back together. For texture reasons, I would wait to add the kale until you reheat it though.

  265. Can I prep this the night before and start it in the morning?

  266. I never leave comments, but Lord this soup is soooo addicting it is so easy to make and so good! I’ve made it four times and each time my parents swing by to get some! This time I’m trying out the spinach instead of kale. So excited!!!! Perfect! Thank you!

  267. I’m not sure I’ll find the “1 bag Simply Potatoes, diced potatoes and onions”. What would the equivalent be if I bought the potatoes/onions fresh?

  268. This was delicious and very easy to make. I lightened it up by using Skim Plus Fat-Free Half & Half instead of heavy cream, and I used Nature’s Promise Hot & Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage. I took it out of the casing and broke it up while browning.

  269. Made this for my husband tonight with double meat and he absolutely LOVED it. He said it’s better than olive gardens. He ate so much that he is sitting on the couch full as can be and soooo very very satisfied ! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe xoxoxoxoxo

  270. This was nothing short of delicious. Skipped the “fresh” bagged potatoes and opted for chopping up a living potato instead. So so good. Why have I never heard of this before reading this recipe. Yum!

  271. My co-worker made this for a potluck and is was uh-maze-eeng!!!!

  272. I tried your recipe and it came out amazing I used spicy sausage and added crushed red peppers because I like spicy food but ANAZING! Thanks 🙂

  273. I don’t normally like to post changes that I make to recipes online but sometimes it’s a matter of convenience and a bad memory. I made this soup tonight on the stove top instead of in the slow cooker. It is delicious! I added a tablespoon of chicken base (I thought the recipe called for it but I got it mixed up with another recipe), I cooked it for about at hour and then added the kale and then later the cream. I think that next time I will add less cream – just a personal preference. Overall this is a great recipe, easy, and good ingredients. Thanks!

  274. This soup is absolutely delicious and the recipe couldn’t be easier, many thanks for posting.

  275. This is awesome! This is my picky eater of a daughter’s favorite food and it looks super easy to make! Thank you. Do you know if it freezes well?

    • Hi Kelly! 🙂 I know the struggle of a picky eater all too well… it can be frustrating! We rarely have any leftovers lol, but I think this should freeze well. I would let it cool to room temperature (or slightly warm), and pour into large ziploc bags. Seal them well and lay them flat on on a baking sheet and put that in the freezer until the bags are frozen. Take them off the baking sheet and they’ll stay nice and flat or you could even store them vertically to save on freezer space 🙂

  276. I love to make sweet corn bread muffins

  277. We can no longer find heavy cream in the stores around here. Only heavy whipping cream is available. Will this work, or is it too sweet? Do you know of a substitute?

  278. Do you have to use the potatoes in the bag ?;or can I just use regular potatoes and peel them?

  279. We are supposed to be getting hit by a blizzard! So I know what we will be eating while the snow falls!!!

  280. Looks delicious…thanks for the recipe!

  281. Spicy sausage, potatoes and cream…what’s not to like?

  282. This is currently in the crockpot and is so red from the hot Italian sausage…hmm…

  283. I made this tonight, but used the Simply Potatoes with Steak House Seasoning because that’s what I had on hand. It turned out great!! Very flavorful.

  284. Do you think I could use frozen chopped kale instead of fresh? Getting all of the grit out of fresh kale can be so tedious!

    • Hi Heather 🙂 I think that would work well, although I think if you defrosted the frozen kale and wrung some of the liquid out, then you could just add them to the soup a few minutes before eating 🙂 I know what you mean, fresh kale can be a pain! I usually fill my sink up with water, add the separated kale stems, move them around with my hands in the water for a minute and let them sit for 5-10 minutes. The grit generally falls to the bottom of the sink 🙂

  285. What is the likelihood of this being reheatable? I try to meal prep on Sundays for the week, and this seems like it would be a great lunch for the office, but with the kale, I’m too too sure about how long it would last.

  286. I just made this soup tonight, and oh my goodness, it is fantastic! And it was so easy! It is my new favorite – thank you for the recipe!

  287. Do you think I could sub spinach for the kale? I’m more of a spinach fan, but I wouldn’t want to ruin the soup!

  288. This was amazing! We loved it! Thank you for sharing!

  289. I’m not sure if Simply Potatoes is available here in Canada. What amount of potatoes and onion should be used in the recipe?

  290. Wow! I love this soup and I’m excited to try it out crockpot style! Quick question, if I wanted to try to make it Low Carb and sub the potatoes out for cauliflower, should I use frozen or fresh? I’m new to crockpot cooking and I don’t want the cauliflower to be soggy of over cooked.

    • Hi Aubryn!! Great call on subbing the potatoes for the cauliflower… I bet that will taste amazing 😀 I’ve never done it that way before, but I’d think that fresh cauliflower would be the way to go. I hope you love it!!

  291. I made your Zuppa Tosca