Potato Sausage Soup, Toscana Style

Toscana Soup

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 1 bowl
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
244 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 244
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 24mg 122%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 599mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This potato soup with sausage and greens is purportedly similar to Olive Garden's delicious Zuppa Toscana soup. The browned Italian sausage and bacon make it perfectly hearty, so it's an excellent lunch or dinner soup. Add a salad and crusty bread or Parmesan breadsticks, and serve it with a glass of red wine or homemade lemonade. To complete the restaurant-worthy meal without leaving home, get decadent with a chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

Zuppa Toscana soup features Italian sausage, fresh kale, and russet potatoes, according to the restaurant's menu. Those three elements are in this copycat recipe, and the bacon adds extra flavor. This creamy soup is surprisingly easy to make from scratch. You'll start by browning the sausage, then cook the onions, bacon, and garlic. Add the liquids, potatoes, and kale, and let it simmer before finishing it with sausage and cream. In less than an hour, you'll have a delicious soup ready for the table.

Go with the recipe's recommended sweet (or mild) Italian sausage if you like. It's typically seasoned with garlic, fennel, and anise, and you can give the soup a kick with spicy (or hot) Italian sausage, which includes a touch of red pepper. You can also opt for the classic choice of kale or try it with escarole for a slightly more bitter taste that's equally enjoyable.

The soup is best served right off the stove. If you have leftovers, store the soup in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated for a couple of days. Warm it gently on the stovetop, stirring often, over low heat to avoid scalding the cream.


  • 3 links sweet Italian sausage

  • 3/4 cup diced onions

  • 3 slices bacon, diced

  • 1 medium to large clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chicken base

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 medium baking potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups chopped kale, or escarole

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove the sausage from the casings; brown in a skillet, breaking it up until cooked through. Set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the onions and diced bacon together until the onions are translucent and bacon is crisp.

  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.

  5. Add the chicken base, water, potatoes, and kale or escarole. Simmer for 15 minutes.

  6. Add the browned sausage and cream. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes and serve.