If you love the Zuppa Toscana at your local chain Italian restaurant, you will adore this soup. The rich soup is made with Italian sausage, potatoes, cream, and crushed red pepper. It is truly satisfying and irresistible. Tuck into this on a cold day and you are sure to be warmed all the way down to your toes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir Italian sausage and red pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until sausage is browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer sausage mixture to a bowl.

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  • Stir bacon into the same Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain fat, leaving a few tablespoons of drippings in the Dutch oven.

  • Stir onion and garlic into bacon; cook and stir until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour chicken broth into bacon mixture; bring to a boil. Stir potatoes and kale into broth; cook until potatoes are tender and soup is flavorful, about 15 minutes.

  • Stir sausage and heavy whipping cream into soup, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soup is heated through, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

560 calories; protein 20g 40% DV; carbohydrates 50.5g 16% DV; fat 32.2g 50% DV; cholesterol 90.7mg 30% DV; sodium 826.3mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2015
I loved this soup! So easy to make and the flavors are all spot on. I used spinach instead of kale and then I realized that I had forgotten to cook the bacon. By this time everyone was already sitting at the table and eating. I can just imagine how much more flavorful this soup is with the bacon. Oh well just an excuse to make it again and real soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2015
I loved this soup! So easy to make and the flavors are all spot on. I used spinach instead of kale and then I realized that I had forgotten to cook the bacon. By this time everyone was already sitting at the table and eating. I can just imagine how much more flavorful this soup is with the bacon. Oh well just an excuse to make it again and real soon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2015
Amazing! My husband said it was even better than at the restaurant. I followed the recipe to a T the first time I made it. I would suggest cooking the sausage & bacon in a separate pan, then getting a new pot to cook your onions & garlic in and continuing with the recipe from there. I get that using all the same pot adds to the flavor but it coated everything in a layer of orangey-brown grease and the soup just smelled like grease to me. Next time around I used a fresh pot for the stock and just added in the cooked meat and it was much better. The red pepper flakes can be a bit overbearing together with the mild sausage so next time I'd probably cut it down a bit on those. All in all it was delicious, thank you! Would make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2015
Fabulous! Made on stove & took in crockpot to a friends home for a cider squeeze, nothing better on a lightly cool early fall evening than sitting in the orchard with this soup, crusty french bread and fresh cider watching the new calves play. We tend to do half a pound each of mild and medium Italian sausage, but mild is wonderful especially for people who don't want spicy foods Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2015
I make this with turkey Italian sausage and turkey bacon bits. I also use a cup of skim milk in place of the whipping cream. It is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2016
ADDICTED!!! My hubby says it's better than Olive Garden. I did make a couple changes based on what I had at home and budget. I used spicy Italian sausage! And left out the pepper flakes. Because of time (and I had small potatos on hand) I cut the potatoes into cubes. I didn't have heavy whipping cream is I boiled milk and added a little flour to thicken it up and then added it to the soup. AMAZINGNESS!!! Will be making this one all winter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2014
Good! Next time might use spicy sausage instead but this is really good like it is too Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2015
My boyfriend and I loved this soup. Note - you should like spice. The 1-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper adds quite a bite but we love that. He thought it got spicier the longer it sat in the fridge but I thought the spice weakened. Definitely take the time to drain the sausage otherwise you'll end up with an icky layer of grease on top that will coagulate in the fridge. The end result? Undoubtedly similar yet BETTER than Olive Garden's version. Definitely used the kale in place of the spinach and it stayed pretty firm. Bonus for the kale bake up the remainder to make kale chips. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2014
Absolutely delicious! Great on a cold winters eve! Usually there is no left overs though do make a big batch if you want some the next day. It's great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2015
Modified only a bit: 4C broth 4C kale half-and-half instead of cream 1/2t each basil and oregano. Forgot the bacon. EXCELLENT soup. Read More
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