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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Soup
Calories: 170
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (38 reviews)

For two years after the first Olive Garden restaurant opened in 1982, operators were still tweaking the restaurants physical appearance and the food that was served. Even the tomato sauce was changed as many as 25 times. Its that sort of dedication that creates fabulous dishes like this soup, which generates tons of cloning requests. It blends the flavors of potatoes, kale, and Italian sausage in a slightly spicy chicken and cream broth. When I first tried the soup at the restaurant, many years ago, I was surprised at how good it was. I'd never had any soup with the leafy, spinach-like kale in it, and the combination of flavors was great.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

2 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
Submitted on: 03/22/14
Shannon Dottin  
Submitted on: 01/14/14
I loved this recipe, although I did tweak it a bit. I added 1 can of cannellini beans and added a bit more crushed red pepper, then topped it with romano cheese! I barely left some for my husband to eat.
S. Drury  
Submitted on: 12/22/13
I have always loved this soup at OG and I just tried this recipe and it was spot on. My family loved it and I will be making it again and again!!
Great soup
Submitted on: 11/16/13
I generally do not go to OG and have never had this soup. That said, this is a great soup and I would make it again. Good Job Todd!
Zuppa Tuscana
K. Miller  
Submitted on: 11/14/13
This is an AMAZING soup. I always get it at OG and have tried for over 2 years to dup-licate it. Thank you ... thank you ... thank you!
Better than Olive Garden's
George Winslow  
Submitted on: 09/03/13
We make this at home frequently and believe it's better than the version at Olive Garden. Thank you Todd.
Better than OG's!!
lori ann costello  
Submitted on: 05/13/12
Made this today for my mom's lunch, on Mother's Day. Not a traditional gift, but she raves about this soup! Super easy to make, not a lot of ingredients - turned out better than a OG! I don't like their's too much, but thought mine rocked. :) OG's is a little bit spicy for my mom, so I used 1/2 lb mild Italian and 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage and cut back on the pepper flakes. Perfect! She was so excited when she took the lid off the pot. I even ate a bowl. So worth the 79 cents!
Jennifer Eden  
Submitted on: 01/02/11
I love this soup at Olive Garden, and I like the home version even more! I use reduced fat turkey sausage, and sometimes skim milk to make it more figure friendly. It's easy to make and easy on the budget!
Submitted on: 07/30/10
This soup is perfect, tastes just like Olive Gardens. Very easy to make too. Thank you!!!!
Submitted on: 04/19/10
Phenomenal soup! I will make it over and over again. It's delicious!
Submitted on: 01/27/10
Our favorite soup! Love how quick it is to put together. We like it better then the original. I put more kale in for a few more vitamins.
Submitted on: 09/20/09
I think this recipe is better than the restaurant version. I just add sweet Italian sausage for those who don't like it quite so spicy it it's a hit!
Submitted on: 10/13/08
GREAT! I was worried that it wouldnt turn out the same, but sure enough it did. It was dead on. This has been my favorite soup for ages. Move over baked potatoe soup and clam chowder, there is a new king in town. LOL.
Submitted on: 06/09/08
I love this recipe. Like others that have reviewed this, I found that 45 minutes was plenty of time to simmer the soup, and the kale does get too soft if you put it in at the beginning. Put it in after the first 20 minutes, and the texture is right on.
Submitted on: 03/22/08
I love this soup!!! But next I am going to add more cream and put the kale in half way through so it wont be as soft.
Submitted on: 01/23/08
I make this soup all the time now for my husband. It's excellent. Everytime we go to Olive Garden my husband always brags and says how much better my soup is than theirs! I agree with one other person and only simmer the soup for 45 minutes. I also add a little more cream than is called for, mild italian sausage and I don't add any extra salt. Yummo!!! Thanks Todd!
Submitted on: 10/24/07
I was so happy to find this recipe - it's one of my husband's favs. He LOVES it. Had 3 bowls the first time I made it. :-)
Submitted on: 09/30/07
My family loves this soup! I have a bunch of picky eaters, and they always complain about leafy things - but not this time! The flavor is right-on with OG's - Great work!
Submitted on: 03/21/07
This soup is AWESOME! Myhusband (NOT a soup fan) loves it! I use mild sausage and add a little more kale, and it tastes exactly like Olive Gardens! Im actually making it right now!! Mmmmmm...
Chatty Cathy  
Submitted on: 01/15/07
We love this recipe as much as the original version at Olive Garden.
Submitted on: 01/06/07
If I could give this recipe more stars I would !! It tasted BETTER than Olive Garden's. This is my new favorite website, keep up the good work!! Thanks !!
Submitted on: 11/10/06
We love the original version but haven't had it since my vegetarian daughter returned home. I transformed this into a vegetarian version by substituting non-meat Italian sausage crumbles and vegetable broth. It turned out great.
Submitted on: 03/12/06
This is fabulous and better than OG because it's freshly-made. I use squeezed-out frozen spinach instead of kale just because its easy. I use bulk sausage to crumble and brown. Have served to guests and family and always get raves.
Submitted on: 03/07/06
This is the best! My husband LOVES this soup, and is not a huge soup fan. The kale can be hard to find-ask the seafood dept. if you're not seeing it (they like to use it to decorate their displays).
Submitted on: 02/23/06
WOW!! This is BETTER than O.G's version, I am hooked!! Thank you
Submitted on: 01/26/06
I have a very bad addiction to this soup and I have been trying different recipes this month. So far this has been the closest. My only complaint is that it is too spicy. I think I will use mild or sweet sausage next time. I also added more chicken broth until it looked right, and I only used about 1 cup of Kale. It's also good to toss in some grated romano or parmesean and fresh grated Romano on top, just like at the restaurant.
Capt Mac  
Submitted on: 01/22/06
This is great, OG has nothing better that this recipe. It is a meal by itself. I make after every trip to the store where I buy fresh sausage.
M. Tucker  
Submitted on: 12/19/05
Tasted almost like OG's, slightly saltier. Perhaps next time I will use low sodium chicken broth instead. Very good. I added a bit more Kale and Sausage and doubled broth and cream.
Submitted on: 12/18/05
Delicious! Tastes exactly like the restaurant version. I used sweet sausage instead of hot and it was fabulous!
Submitted on: 12/13/05
I think this recipe is actually better than most Olive Garden locations that I have tried. I now live in Australia and can't find kale. I substituted silver beet and it was just as tasty!
Submitted on: 11/10/05
This soup is so good, I can make a meal out of this alone. A must try.
Submitted on: 09/20/05
This is good. I prefer to use sweet Italian sausage in place of spicy. The red pepper flakes give it enough kick for me.
Lisa Carey  
Submitted on: 09/14/05
OMG, This is sooo good!!! My family begs me to make it, not to mention my Pregnant Sis so I made this for a Church Potluck and everyone wanted to know where I got the recipe. I told them it was "Top Secret" and they will have to wait for the next potluck for some :)
Submitted on: 08/10/05
This is by far the closest you can get to the original! I make this soup often and my whole family enjoys it!
Tina B.  
Submitted on: 08/02/05
I love this soup. I'm so glad you guys finally figured it out. My family begs me to make it at least 2 times a month.
Submitted on: 07/24/05
This is one of my favorite O.G. selections. When I made it, I scooped the sausage out of the skin and browned it like ground beef so that it was more like the restaurant version. I would also recommend simmering for only about 45 minutes so the soup has the same consistency as the original. Otherwise it was fantastic.
Submitted on: 07/21/05
My husband and family loves this recipe. I just add a little more kale and sausage to make it into a meal.
Submitted on: 07/20/05
this is an unusual soup & it's possible someone needs an acquired taste to fully enjoy it. thanks todd.