Hi...I'm Jessica Dudley
and I submitted this recipe. I am so excited to see 123 wonderful
comments. It's funny...I just figured out the recipe because I loved
the soup so much, but it's great to see that many families like mine
enjoy this soup so much. Thank you ALL for all your wonderful
comments, and a big THANKS to Robbie for posting it. :-)
I go to
Olive Garden just for this soup. I couldn't
believe that it actually tastes the same. This is
a great recipe, and also easy to make.
the whipping cream, try putting a package of
ranch dressing mix in. Taste the same and way
Tuscanni recipe is excellent, I have made it
twice in the last month and everyone raves about
it. It is very close to the Olive Garden version.
it! The rest of my family thought it was too
spicy, so next time I will use half spicy, half
regular sausage. But the flavor is just the same
as Olive Garden's, and this is my favorite soup
there! Good job!
WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THIS RECIPE IS THE
BEST SOUP RECIPE WE HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK
recipe is perfect and even tastes a little better
than the OG version. Here is how I modified it: I
used ButterBall turkey bacon (because BB is the
best when it comes to turkey bacon) instead of
real bacon. I used red potatoes and sliced them
like thick chips instead of cubing Russets. The
kale, rip it more so than chopping it for bigger
bites. Everyone I let taste it at work loved it.
And I must say, I eat this soup as a meal and
rightly so, because it tastes so great! One last
thing, the recipe serving size must be for cups,
because I got about 3.5 - 4 bowls out of a half
recipe. I wish I would have made the full knowing
and I go to The Olive Garden specifically for
this soup. We tried your recipe and it was
absolutely delicious. We have also tried the
low-carb version, that is to substitute
cauliflower for the potatoes, very delicious as
well! I love your website, keep up the good work!
is awesome and identical to Olive Garden's. To
save some time and a mess, I used Real Bacon Bits
in place of frying and crumbling the bacon and it
still tasted awesome with a little less grease.
is exactly like the soup in the restaurant. I
like mild spicy so instead of spicy Italian
sausage i used chorizo sausage. its spicy but not
too spicy. this is the best recipe ive made from
the internet in a long time BEST SOUP EVER.
thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!
this soup!!! I did something different. I used
morning sausage (hot) & ham sausage mixed
together. Cooked bacon, chopped greens (frozen).
You can't tell it is not Olive Garden. Thank you
so much for this great web site & easy to
wanted to say that we tried your recipe last
night and it tasted *just* like Olive Garden's! I
did use all broth instead of part water to make
sure it had lots of flavor. Very good recipe!
is my favorite menu item at Olive Garden. I was
skeptical to try it but I'm so glad I did. It is
delicious! I have to say that I used baby spinach
instead of Kale and I used chicken/turkey Italian
sweet sausage instead of spicy. You can't tell
the difference. The results were extremely
similar. Thanks for a great recipes that I'll
definitely use again.
Toscana soup recipe was absolutely delicious, we
thought we were in the Olive Garden! We had
Garlic Sticks with it and it was as good or
better than their soup. Thanks sooo much for the
and I had gone to the Olive Garden for supper on
New Years Eve. I had the Zuppa Toscana Soup and
loved it. On our way home we were discussing how
much we both loved the soup and how we wished I
had the recipe to make it. My husband got on the
computer and found your sight and there it was.
Thank you so much for the recipe sight. I made
the soup and it was just like we remembered.
Just wanted to let you
know I made the Zuppa Toscana last night and it was wonderful. My
husband, who gets scared when I try new things, really liked it. And
my 6 year old son loved it too. He wasn't afraid of the Kale at all.
Of course, anything with bacon in it, will taste great.
If you wont eat all the
soup at once, keep kale to the side, add as you need it, and reheat,
still tastes great.
First time to make this
and it is just wonderful. Thank you so much, I will pass this site
on to friends and family.
Super Target has the
perfect ground mild Italian sausage, and the target brand hardwood
smoked bacon make this recipe way better than Olive Garden's toscana.
I make this recipe at least once a week. My wife would live on this
if i'd let her. thanksThank you Robbie! I loved the recipe. The
zuppa toscana was great! It taste better than Olive Garden. Me and
my fiance used idaho potatoes. We couldn't find the russets (it
taste the same) We coud'nt find kale greens, so we used different
greens. My fiance and I decided that this was the best soup ever!
Thank you so much for
your wonderful recipe. I love eating Olive Gardens Zuppa Toscana
Soup, but I no longer have to go there to get it! This recipe
honestly tasted the same, if not better. Now that I know how
wonderful this recipe is, I will be regularly visiting this web site
for many more recipes! Thank you again!
This Recipe is Awesome!
Let me first say I am a horrible cook. I canít even make chicken and
noodles right. This recipe is so easy to follow and it really dose
taste just like Olive Gardenís Soup. It wasnít that expensive
either. There is a lot of preparation time, but Iím sure after
making it a few times that will be shortened. I am a real critic and
let me tell you I have no complaints here. This soup is just about
the only reason I go to Olive Garden and I hardly ever get to go
because my husband isnít too interested in that place. Now I can
finally make it at home. Thank you so much for this great recipe!
I tried this soup last
night. I cannot tell the difference between this and what they serve
at Olive Garden. Indeed, this recipe is pure gold. THANK YOU!
I tried your recipe and
man is it good. I go to the olive garden weekly just for the zuppa
soup and I have to say yours is better. I liked that it was so
simple to make but yet so tasty. I have told all my friends about
I tried the Zuppa Toscana
recipe and it was excellent. Everyone loved it.
Easy to make with a great
I made zuppa toscana soup (
olive garden). fantastic!!! better than olive gardens, more flavorful.
Excellent soup. In the
interest of saving time and calories, I made this substituting
cauliflower for potatoes, and the suggested
ranch dressing mix for
heavy whipping cream. I found this to be a bit too salty for our
tastes (due to the dressing mix,) so the next time I made it, I used
half a package of
ranch dressing mix and half a cup of fat free half &
half. Quite yummy! I also use bagged (prewashed and sorted) baby
spinach and the pre-cooked bacon slices, in order to save time. The
pre-cooked bacon also has less fat than traditional bacon slices. A
delicious soup we will make over and over this winter! Thank you.
I have tried making this
on my own before and had all the ingred. the same except the broth
and cream. My family loves it and I am passing on this one.
I have tasted a lot of
soup and have enjoyed them all! But I must say Olive Garden's is by
far the best soup ever. I found your recipe and made a large pot for
my family. mmmmmm good!
i love your soup it is so
delicous i had it three times in one week. I tried to cook it and it
tasted great. i loved it thanks so much!!!
This was absolutely
delicious. It tasted the same as Olive Garden's. My husband couldn't
This is absolutely
fabulous. This is my husband's favorite soup at Olive Garden.
Actually, this recipe is BETTER than the restaurant.
Thanks so much! It's easy
and very very good.
WOW, almost exactly like
I was in the restaurant! Prep time was fast and easy! Nothing like a
good hearty bowl of this in the winter to warm up the taste buds!
I love it. Thanks so
i have recently made this
recipe...i doubled the recipe so i could freeze some.i also
substituted 1 can evaporated milk and about 1 cup of 1/2 and 1/2
cream..for the heavy whipping cream. i also put red crushed pepper
flakes in the sausage along with some crushed basil and also put 2
bay leaves in the soup while it was cookiing..i used almost 2 quarts
of low sodium chicken broth ..it was awesome..and had some to
freeze..the kale is a perfect addition to this soup...i used 1 pound
of sweet italian sausage and 1 pound of JOHNSONVILLE GARLIC SAUSAGE
..ALL REMOVED FROM THEIR CASINGS...WHAT FLAVOR THIS GAVE THE
SOUP...!!!!MY HUBBY LOVED IT AND I SERVED IT WITH BAGEL CHIPS
...GREAT FOR DIPPING IN THE BROTH,TOO!
This soup is the bomb, terrific, cant get enough of.... so easy to
Thank you, thank you for
adding info about making a healthier version (cauliflower for carbs)
My sister brought the original recipe to a family reunion and it was
delicious. I made it using FF 1/2 and 1/2 and it was just as good.
Fantastic! Everyone who
tasted is said it is better than OG recipe. Two items, I could not
find "spicy" italian, so I took mild, or sweet as they call it and
added crushed fennel seed to the soup, added a lot of flavor, second
I used a wok to cook the bacon, cut the slab in half and toss both
halve in until it was cooked, but not to the point of crunchy, tried
it that way once and it was like having grit in the soup. If the
bacon is cooked brown but tender, it adds so much more to the soup.
Fantastic, better than
I remember first having
this soup at olive garden and knowing that it was the perfect soup
to satisfy my taste buds. this recipe is excellent and might even be
better than the one at olive garden. i like it spicy so i add more
spicy italian sausages to it. it's absolutely fantastic.
I use your recipe
regularly and it is sooooo good!! I divide the pot in half and just
add the kale and cream to the soup we are having and and save the
second batch for a later meal in the week. Bellisima!!!
My husband used your
receipe tonight and I LOVED IT!!! I think it is even better than the
Olive Garden version. We can't wait to make it for our Bible study
Thankyou so much for
putting this recipe online for everyone to try. My brother and
sister-in-law looovee this soup so I decided to try to make it. I
found this site and tried the recipe. It tastes really good! It's
taste is very similar to the Olive Garden one. Thanks again
I made the soup twice and
both times it was excellent,I use Bob Evans Spicy sausage and
precooked real bacon bits.
My wife and I love olive
garden. However, try using saffron as the seasoning compared to
using red pepper flakes. That is the biggest difference I can see as
far as the flavor goes with the dish.
Hey, I figured out how
many calories are in this soup (the low calorie way). If you use a
lower fat sausage,
ranch dip instead of the cream, Baco's instead of
fatty bacon, and cauliflower instead of potatoes, and just use
chicken bullion (3 with 3 3/4 cups water), this soup has 137
calories for a 1 cup serving. I know it sounds like a lot of
substitutes, but it still tates like the Olive Garden's soup! The
only thing I wouldn't substitute next time would be the
potatoes...that would make it 190 per 1 cup serving. Thanks a ton -
I love this soup!
I love the Olive Garden's
Zuppa Toscana and I always order it when I go. I tried this recipe
hoping that it would taste the same, but I'm glad it didn't. Your
version tasted almost the same, but so much better. My husband and I
went to the Olive Garden the other night and he said this recipe was
even better. Thanks!
Easily done, and next
time I will cut the fat and get some of the precooked bacon. At
first I thought it was a little spicy, since I could only get HOT
Italian sausage -- but on the second bowl it was just right. Not too
hard to prepare, and was greatly appreciated by my husband, who
wanted to drive 45 miles to the closest Olive Garden!
I've always loved this
soup at the Olive Garden and was excited to try this recipe. It does
not disappoint! The flavor was right on. THANKS!
This soup was awesome and
just as good as the Olive Grdens if not better. The 3rd time I made
it I used all chicken broth instead of any water and it made a
really rich flavor filled base which my family prefered to the water
and broth version. Either way it was great thanks so much.
I just finished making
the soup and it was absolutely delicious! It is BETTER than Olive
Garden's! I like my soup a bit spicier, so I added crushed red
pepper to taste. I also minced the cooked bacon and sausage in my
food processor. Thanks a bunch! Your website is THE BOMB, Miss
It is a great success and
always receives many compliments. Easy to make, several options
(type of sausage, more or less heavy whipping cream, more or less
kale). I always, however, when asked, just give out the original
recipe and recommend they "make it their own", to their tastes. I
also recommend thick sliced bacon, cooked, drained and chopped. The
bacon bits, or precooked bacon you can buy just lowers the quality
My wife loves this soup,
so I made it for her following your recipe. Thank you! I added a few
leaves of broccoli rabe.
This soup was great,
better than Olive Garden
My husband and I just
made this soup tonight and it was just like Olive Garden. We loved
it, yummy. Thank you so much.
Before I became a vegan I
was in love with this soup so I took a shot at veganizing it and
it's so fabulous!! I cut the recipe in half and replaced the sausage
with half a pound of Publix Greenwise Veggie Sausage Links (cooked
and crumbled), a quarter pound of Lifelite Bacon (chopped and
cooked) and Silk Soy Milk to replace the cream. I ended up using 2
cups of milk as opposed to half a cup to make it a little "brothier"
and added 3 cups of kale as opposed to one cup to boost the vitamin
A, vitamin C and protein. Not only was this vegan Zuppa Toscanna
fabulous (!!), it was cruelty-free, hormone-free (it's anybody's
guess as to what's in store bought sausage and bacon), free of the
fear of "did I cook the bacteria and e-coli out of it?!", AND about
5 grams of fat per serving with NO CHOLESTEROL!! So you can have a
delicious meal that's healthyfor your body AND spare dozens of
animals a painful upbringing and inhumane death. ENJOY!!
Made this tonight! It was
I have tried it and it is
really like the olive garden Zuppa Toscana. I am amazed on how easy
this recipe is. Thank you so much!
I was thrilled to find
this recipe and even more so when it came out JUST LIKE Olive
Gardens! I served it with garlic bread and salad and it was great!
excellent, I have added
mushrooms, great texture.
this homemade version was
excellent. I used Trader Joes spicy italian chicken sausage and real
bacon bits browned together, it helped shorten the cooking time even
more. This was very quick and easy.
this soup is off the
This has become a
favorite meal at our house! I have been making it at least once a
month for the past year. I use a package of fresh, sliced mushrooms
instead of potatoes to reduce the carbs. Thank you for a wonderful
My roommate and I love
this soup. Instead of bacon strips, we use bacon ends and parts (you
can usually find them right by regular bacon) Its a bit less fat and
its easier to cut the meat into bite size pieces. Also, we've found
that if you make the soup and then let it sit for awhile (at least a
few hours, or overnight in the fridge then reheat it) the flavors
marry a lot better and it has a lot better flavor. Thanks for the
love this soup...so
good....i use sage sausage as i cant find italian...thanks for your
This recipe tastes just
like the Olive Garden's. I did use the
Dry Ranch dressing instead of
the heavy cream was very good. A+++
Being a great fan of all
you can eat soup and salad with Toscana being my favorite. I tried
this recipe and it was very similar to Olive Garden's however, I
used more potatoes and it was great! I would definately recommend
this recipe to anyone. Very easy.....Thanks to you Robbie, I no
longer have order it and enjoy many other favorites...Keep up the
good work. You won my vote.
I had lunch at a friend's
house 2 days ago and she served this soup. I had no idea what it was
or what was in it, but it was yum-m-m-m-my. She's sent me the recipe
and now I'll pass it on to family & friends. I'd try linguica
(Portuguese sausage) in it. I'd use the turkey linguica for less
calories. If I can't find it - who cares - a little dab will do me.
You hit the ball out of
the park on this one! I was going to try and freeze the
leftovers...are you KIDDING? There was not a drop left after my
family tried it...it is soooo yummy! Hint: I like soup a bit creamy
and thick so I took a half cup of cold water and mixed in two
Tablespoons of corn starch...then add to your finished soup..stir
and POW..nice creamy soup. This soup is so forgiving if you mildy
tweak the ingredients for diet considerations. I was in a hurry once
so I used a can of cooked whole potatoes and it was great. Also, if
you are serving children do go with half the amount of red
pepper..but do use the other half. This is now my favorite soup and
a staple in my diet...thanks!!! Every one at work drools when I heat
it up in the microwave..;)
Here's a trick...Take a
ladel or two of the soup, puree with a blender and add back and
simmer for another 20 minutes...this will thicken the soup to a
consistency like Olive Garden...or add 1 cup shredded potatoe to the
mixture when you start..and after simmering this will thicken the
soup a little..as the Zuppa Toscana does have some thickness to it
I made this for the 2nd
time last night, and both times it turned out FABULOUS!! I used
frozen spinach rather than kale, only because that's what I had on
hand. I also used half & half rather than heavy cream, and neither
substitution made much of a difference. Awesome!!
Oh. My. God. IDENTICAL to
Olive Garden's and it's even better the next day. Easy to make. I
drained the cooked sausage in a colander & rinsed it with hot water
to cut some of the fat content...still plenty flavorful even after
I made this soup and
brought it to the office, everyone agreed it was just like at Olive
Garden. I find it easier to use sausage patties in recipes like this
rather than breaking up sausage links. Fantastic!
I have got to be the
worst cook - but I thought I'd try this soup. My family was shocked;
it was GREAT. I did go a little mild on the italian sausage but
otherwise the taste was just like Olive Garden. Thanks and now I
want to try other recipes.
This soup was absolutely
FABULOUS! I admit I was skeptical as to the taste - but it was like
having Olive Garden deliver. Tips: It may be just me - but 2
potatoes werent enough - I like a 'heartier' soup so next time I
will add a 3rd and possibly more Kale. Also make sure to COMPLETELY
drain that italian sausage. My soup has a nice skin of grease on
it...but its still FABULOUS.
I made this soup but was
unable to get Italin sausage or Kale. so I subsited ground beef
seasoned with Italin seasioning. tasted just as good, in fact I am
eating it right now!!!
I made this for dinner
tonight and I was floored. It was so delicious! I used a cup of half
and half and half an envelope of the
ranch dressing mix as advised
above, and it was stunning. I'm taking the rest to work tomorrow to
share with everyone. Kudos!
This soup is great!! The
recipe is perfect!
Loved the soup, told
friends and family, definitelly will use it again!
During winter months we
use jimmy dean maple sausage and maple bacon. Gives it that warm
holiday feel and is great.
My daughter-in-law made this soup recently and added one can
Northern beans to receipe, which made it richer. It tasted great,
flavor just like Olive Garden's
I made your recipe for my
speech class at college. Everyone loved it
including me and my
husband. Thank you so much, I never thought I'd find a recipe for
it. This soup is my absolute favorite. I actually made mine in a
crock pot, just browned the sausage and bacon and put everything but
the kale and cream in until the last half hour and it was fabulous!
Oh my gosh.... this was a
hit!!! My picky daughter said it was exactly like Olive Gardens. The
only thing we added was a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
great...My husband and I
have cut the sausage amount in 1/2.
I must say I was not sure
how this would turn out. To my surprise as the other comments
say...its even better!! I made it exactly as above, perfect! Great
recipe!! I will definately be making this one again and again!!!
Thanks soooo much again!! A+++
I love it! everytime I
make it it's all gone the night I make it!! love it love it love it
Oh my goodness. This is
best soup that I have ever tried. I even think that it is better
then the Olive Garden's version.
I had never tried this
soup at OG, but it sounded intriguing and I always like to try new
recipes. My Ma loved it so much she took it to work; she ended up
calling me at lunch time to get the link for your site because at
least 5 of her co-workers were dying for the recipe. It was honestly
even more delicious the next day. This will be a winter staple at my
there are no words to
describe it but Awesome!
When we go to Olive
Garden, this is the soup that we order. When I found this
recipe I had to try it... Well of course everyone LOVED it... It
tastes BETTER than the Olive Gardens... My son thinks it is the
bacon because bacon makes everything better. My husband likes it
because I added a little bit more potato so he actually gets some in
his soup, he feels cheated everytime we get it at OG. I add more
broth to it also because my family loves this that it doesn't stick
around! Try this recipe and you will not have to go to Olive garden
to get it... it is so simple to make!
I was very skeptical when
I found the recipe, but it is delicious and exactly like Olive
Garden's. My 10 year old son absolutely loves it too. This was a
great find! Thanks.
Loved the recipe. I
thought it was exacly how it was at the olive garden. Everyone in
our family loved it especially our grandmother who grew up on
italian cooking and critiques everything.
This recipie is awsome!!
It was extremly easy to prepare. I absolutely love it. The closet
Olive Garden is aproximately 35 miles from my home. Now I can make
my favorite soup without the long drive.
O My, Just like the real
thing. If my husband didnt see me making it, he would of thought it
This recipe is exactly
like Olive Garden. My fiance loved the soup and he said it tasted
just like Olive Garden's. This is a must try recipe and it only took
an hour to prepare.
OH MY GOSH! I thought I'd
died and gone to Heaven!!
this is my favorite soup
at olive garden and i have tried this recipe at home, it is
outstanding. i've tailored it a bit mainly mre potatoes but everyone
in my family loves it.
having visiited the Olive
Garden on visits to U.S.A. to our daughter who lives there, I dream
about the lovely soup. Have now made it from your recipe and it's
exactly as i remember it. The family love it too. I use Chorizo
sausage as it give a strong taste, maybe too strong for some but we
love it. Thank you. Carole (Great Britain)
VERY!! VERY!! GOOD!! I
love this soup and couldn't wait to taste it. I was not disappointed
one bit. It was even good the next day when I took it in my lunch.
Give it a try, you will be glad you did.
Imade this soup this past
weekend WOW!!!!. I used 6 cups broth and 2 cups water and it was
"spot on"!!!.My boss and her husband said it waws even better than
olive garden. I will definetly be making this soup on a regular
basis. Thanks for printing this recipe.
I tried this recipe this
past weekend and wow!!!! it was "spot on"!!!I will definately be
making this again and again! Good job!
I am a horrible cook and
this is the first recipe I made that actually turned out good! My
housemates loved it and all raved that it tasted just like the Olive
We love it. For those who
live in Utah, Use the spicy italian sausage they have it gives it a
little more zip than that at the Olive Garden. We loved it. Also if
you are not going to use it all in one sitting don't add the cream
because it seems to break down when you reheat it. It still tastes
good but doesn't look as good.
THIS SOUP GETS 5 STARS
TASTES JUST LIKE OLIVE GARDEN.
Made this today for the
first time and it was just awesome! I'd probably put more potatoes
in next time but everything else was perfect!
Super Soup. Thanks
Your soup is fantastic.
Mmm, mmm, good! Great
garnished with asiago cheese and served with a crusty garlic bread.
This is awesome we loved
it. I used evaporated canned milk instead of the cream. I also added
an extra potato to the soup. This will definately be made alot in
the winter at our house.
I was kinds scared when I
made this wondering if it would taste right...Well you have proved
me wrong! It is so good. It was cheaper to make it then go out!
Thanks for the recipe!
I tried this Zuppa
Tuscana receipe and I love it! Concerning the post:"We have also
tried the low-carb version, that is to substitute cauliflower for
the potatoes, very delicious as well!". I am also on a low carb diet
and I tried the receipe this way, however, cauliflower changes the
flavor too much. I substituted cubed turnips and parsnips for the
potatoes, same texture (or near to potatoes) without the
overpowering flavor of cauliflower. This soup has become a staple in
my house. Thanks for the receipe.
I had never been to an
Olive Garden, but made this soup for a company dinner, and we all
loved it! A couple of weeks later we visited Washington state and
finaly went to an Olive Garden. I ordered this soup. I must say I
preferred your version to the original! Awesome!
I LOVE THIS SOUP FROM
OLIVE GARDEN.. i made it myself and my boyfriend and family said it
was BETTER than olive gardens.. it is DELICIOUS!!!!!! perfect
recipe!! u should try it!!
I thought this recipe was
wonderful! I'm on Weight Watchers and I try to de-fat everything to
keep points low. I substituted sausage flavor Morningstar Farms soy
crumbles for the sausage and I used fat free half-and-half in place
of the heavy cream. It wasn't quite as good as Olive Garden's, but
it's pretty damn close and only half the points as the "real" thing.
I added sauteed mushrooms
to step 4, 4 cubes of chicken bouillon to step 3, and handful of
shredded parmesan cheese to each serving....awesome!!
I made this at work
today( a restaurant) and everybody raved aout it! I also made it for
some friends and they also thought it was awesome! THANKS!
This is awesome soup. And
something about that
ranch dressing mix
really does give soup that
extra taste...I have other recipes that call for it. I ran out and
subbed dry Italian dressing mix and also used turkey sausage and evap. milk. Still like the potatos, though...but there's no need to
be a piggy if you can sub the taste for something healthy.
this soup was great. And
I love this soup from OG...and this was even better... I was'nt
really sure how it was going to come out...ladies...believe me this
was some great soup...My family counld'nt get enought of it...
This recipe is great-I'm
always short on time so I used a 10 oz package of chopped frozen
spinich and even the teenager like it!
I am eating my first
attempt at this soup right now. It is excellant! I used small red
skinned potatoes and cauliflower. And I cant even tell the
difference b/n the potato or the cauliflower. I used maple sausage
and the hickory smoked bacon but added a small can of green chilis
for a very mild heat. 5oz can of evaporated milk and 1 cup half and
half. I did add a bit of cornstarch to thicken but not sure if it
thickened much. I did forget to drain the sausage so I have a skim
of grease but that's ok I'll remember the next time! I used baby
spinach as I couldn't find kale or swiss chard. I like very much
that I can control how much garlic(and onion as I didn't add any)
and heat is in this dish. Thanks so much!
I was so excited when I
found your web site and this recipe. I am shocked at how much this
taste like the real thing. Thanks !!!
It was fabulous. The
first time I made it I used mild Italian sausage (removed casing).
It wasn't quite right. The 2nd time, I used hot Italian sausage.
That's it! fabulous. The hot sausage made it just like Olive Garden.
Yeah, so it's pretty sad,
but i pretty much work at the Olive Garden for the Zuppa Toscana.
One thing i can recommend is to use Johnsonville spicy sausages,
cause thats what the store recipe calls for and the sausage makes
the soup. Also missing is the touch of crushed red peppers that give
the soup a little kick... a little too much sometime if the store
recipe is not followed, but for a guy who likes spicy food I love it
with extra. Also if your looking for the duplicate taste use
pancetta (italian bacon)it is used in the resteraunt version. Good
Luck and Thank god for Zuppa Toscana!
I followed the recipe
exactly, only I cooked the liquid down a little to thicken the soup.
I made a double batch for a brodal shower and everyone loved it, it
tasted exactly like Olive Garden. I will definitely make this again!
I became obsessed with
making this and found this recipe online. I tweaked a few things
from the other comments left ie: white beans, turkey bacon, pack of
ranch mix, 1/2 pound hot sausage & 1/2 pound of Italian, added more
potatoes & garlic, used 1 cup of 1/2 & 1/2, only chicken broth and
used frozen spinach. It is Delicious!I plan to eat this all week for
lunch & make again once hubby is back home.
I made this soup tonight!
My super picky husband even declared it Better than Olive Garden's.
We both agree that it is thicker and heartier than the soup we get
at our local Olive Garden.
It works well and it's
just like being there but I add Canellini beans for some texture and
make it a main dish for sure...Thank you for sharing...
This soup is fantastic!!
I won't even order the Zuppa at Olive Garden anymore when I know I
can make it at home for so much cheaper and even yummier in my
opinion!! At my parents house for the holidays and making this
tonight for dinner :)
This was dead on!
this recipe so
rocks...just make it...lots!
Whenever I make this
soup, yum yum, I place a towel over the soup and it attracts all the
fat!!!!So simple to do, no muss no fuss and just toss it in the
I LOVE THIS SOUP!!! I
have been dying to get the recipe and ta da! Here it is! thanks so
I am so glad I discovered
this recipe it is fabulous!! I used turkey sausage and turkey
bacon to cut down on the fat. Did not affect the flavor one bit.
This is a fantastice recipe! I shared it some of the folks at
work... they loved it. Thanks!
I live in International
Falls, MN so nearest Olive Garden is quite a distance. Love this
soup, really love that I can now make it at home. I used the hot
Italian sausage and added crushed red peppers - perfect. Only change
I would make would be to add more potatoes.
Today is the first time
that I've tried this recipe, and I must say I loved it!!! My husband
went crazy went he heard I made zuppa.. That's the reason we go to
OG. Now we can have it at home. The only thing I did different was I
didn't have whipp. cream, so I added sour cream instead and we
coudn't taste the difference! I already told my sister-in-law about
it, and she'll make it next!.. Thank you very much!!!
DELICIOUS! This soup is
even better than Olive Garden's when you tweak this recipe a little.
For extra body and texture, shred one potato and add it when you add
the 3-4 cubed potatoes to the pot. Then either blend a cup or two in
the blender before added it back to the pot or take a potato ricer
and mash the onions and potato in the soup until thicken. Make sure
to leave some potato cubes whole!!! I added 3/4 bunch of shredded
kale. I also used the cooked smoked Oscar Meyer bacon bits, 3/4
dry ranch dressing mix, 1/2 cup of nonfat half & half, a
pinch of dried crushed thyme and basil leaves. Pepper liberally. We
absolutely love this with fresh, oven baked breadsticks sprinkled
with parm, garlic powder, and sprayed with butter.
Great recipe, I double
the ingredients so that I can use the whole pound of bacon. Another
touch I found, I used the johnsonville mild sausage, just removed
the casing, then let it simmer for a few hours before adding the
cream and Kale. For a final touch I grind a tablespoon of Fennel
seed and add it in. Perfect, been told even better than OG.
found this recipe after
trying this soup at Olive Garden...wow..amazed how wonderful it
turned out..my 10yr cant get enough!!! i didnt use heavy whipping
cream, I used regular whipping cream..would like to try a lower fat
version that will taste good...
This was WAY better than
the real thing. After I was finished and tasted it I couldn't
believe that I made something that tasted this good! I doubled up on
the ingredients and made a big pot to eat for lunches or dinners
through out the week. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipee
that will now be a staple in our house!
I hadn't been to the OG
in about 10-12 years, and saw this soup on the menu and thought it
sounded good. I had it last night and have been searching the 'net
today looking for the recipe! It was awesome, and I am pleased to
have found your recipe; I will be trying it today. My question is
about the sausage: The menu touted "spicy" sausage, but my bowl of
soup seemed rather mild. Do you think a sweet sausage was used, or
does the flavor/heat temper down with the cooking? I will be
experimenting with the low carb version as well, but I want to
master the "original" first! Thanks for the recipe.
thank you very very very
much, it's real fast to make and perfect for the cold weather. i
kinda put ground pork instead of bacon (more meat, less fats..i m
hoping) i make it twice a week now, and i will till i get tired of
it, which is not gonna happen anytime soon:) thanks again.
I LOVE THIS SOUP! After I
tasted I knew that this was it!!! It tastes just like olive garden"s.
I did not use the kale( I normally pick it out anyway) and I used
garlic powder instead of garlic. It was phenomenal!!! Kudos!!!
This soup was delicious &
taste just like Olive Garden! The only change I had to make was
using 2tsp. minced garlic(in the jar type) instead of fresh garlic
cloves. Your recipe is right-on!
Tried this one tonight.
We were also skeptical but it was excellent. We added parm cheese to
sprinkle at the end and left out the bacon and it was spot on yummy.
Loved the low carb
version. Did not have the kale so it missed a little something. Next
time I need to use hot sausage to give it the kick... this was still
I use fancy (curly)
parsley in place of the kale. During the summer, this is easy to
come by in our garden. I also use morning sausage which adds great
heat and taste.
I went to Olive Garden
and tried the soup for the first time last week, it was so good I
decided to make it for myself, to keep on hand in the freezer to eat
on those cold nights.
I hated not being able to
eat this soup very often because there isn't an Olive Garden close
to me. I found this recipe and now I'm very happy, because I can
make it whenever I want! My hubby loves it!
I love it . Thanks for
the recipe. It's my favorite. I'm glad I found the recipe.
This recipe was great. I
made it for the first time, and it tasted just like Olive Gardens
Soup. Thanks for the recipe!
tried this recipe and
although Olive gardens version is perfect. this one is quite good. i
suggest using covolo greens or Dinosaur Kale if you can find it
(just like olive garden but hard to find) also do not cube the
potatoes... slice them in 1/4" slices and then quarter the slices.
Imagine how thrilled I
was when I Googled "Recipe Zuppa Toscana" and found this recipe
here! I made it today and LOVED it. Thanks for sharing your recipes.
Tastes just like olive
gardens! Perfect! Thank you!
Thank you so much for
this recipe. It is so absolutely delicious. The only thing i changed
in the recipe is I doubled the kale and it was perfect. It tastes
exactly like the Olive Garden! I will be making this alot this
I add 1/2 teaspoon of
fennel seed it adds a little something to this soup my family loves
it.I also use half and half.
I love the recipe. I used
spinach and no bacon and it was delicous.
This recipe is so much
better than the Olive Garden version. It's richer and has a heartier
flavor and texture. I've made this soup many times and each time I
get told I need to make it again--soon. The only problem I have is
finding a big enough pot--you can never make too much of this stuff!
Just made this soup for
my husband and I and it was to-die-for! At first I was a little
skeptical when I read other comments that it tastes 'exactly like
Olive Garden's', so I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, the comments
were so true! In fact, I think it tastes even better!! Thanks,
Robbie, your site is the greatest! :)
THIS IS AMAZING! i go to
the Olive Garden JUST because i crave this soup all the time, and
this recipe makes me want to jump up and down with joy! if made
correctly the soup comes out EXACTLY the same as the one at Olive
Garden! i couldn't even tell the difference in a blind taste test!
thank you so much for this wonderful contribution!!!
i loved this recipe,
We us to go to Olive
Garden all the time for their Zuppa Soup;but now that I found your
recipe we make it ourself. We love this soup. Thank you for sharing
it with us.
Your Zuppa Toscana soup
recipe is delicious ! My husband and I have enjoyed Olive Garden's
for years.Now we can enjoy this wonderful soup at home without
driving 40 miles. Thanks for savng us a lot of gas money !!!
Awesome!!! Our whole
family LOVES it! We tried a lighter version, skipped the cream and
used lowfat milk.....still fabulous!!!
I was very interested in
this recipe as the "OG" soup is one of my all time favorites. I made
your version tonight for my husband and I, and, I must say I was
really impressed. To me, it even tasted better than the "real"
version. I am so thankful for your recipe and finding it online.
From now on this soup will be a regular meal in our home. Thank You!
I used your recipe to
make the soup for my family. They love it!
My wife says I did it
perfect!!!! It was just like O.garden without the waiter.We made
chicken parm to go along with the soup. I waited all week to make
the soup and it was worth the wait!We are taking it to our adoption
party to share with other adopting parents.Its o.g. but on the
cheap.Thanks for making my wife happy!!
Maybe I missed something,
but I made this recipe as written and it is awful. Way too much
sausage and it's runny. What a waste of money!
I must say this soup is
very good just as good if not better then OG we go there alot but
lately it has not been in our budget because we have a new baby on
the way!! But i really wanted this soup so I follow the direction
and made it my family love it I'm taking some to work to share it
with my co-workers LOVE IT!!!
HOLY CRAP...YOU ARE
AWESOME...I tried the low-carb version with the Cauliflower and my
husband went wild...he said it was BETTER than Olive Gardens!!!!
Thanks A MILLION!
Thank you so much for
posting this recipe!! You are either a master chef with great taste
or got the recipe from olive garden!! This is Great!!
Every time I go to Olive
Garden I swear I am going to try to replicate this recipe but I
never do. Anyway I made this tonite and even with my changes it was
almost exactly like the restaurant! I couldn't stop eating it. My
daughter never liked this when I got it but she loved this because
of the changes. We are ALWAYS dieting so we used Jennie O turkey
italian sausage & a turkey smoked bacon made without nitrites. I
subbed spinach for the kale ( which I never really liked but ate
because I LOVED the soup so much ) Also I used fat-free 1/2 & 1/2
instead of the whipping cream. Just as delicious w/o all the fat!
Thank you soooo much!
I use turkey sausage,
light chiken broth, cauliflower, and fat free half and half. Tastes
Me and my friends go to
OG just for this soup. I made this soup for the first time and it
was soooo good and taste just like the OG's zuppa toscana!!! GOOD
I tried this recipe and
wow is was just like olive garden's soup.When i make it my sons
always want some so i have to double the recipe and that still isn't
enough...Thank you to whom ever put this out there.
My husband likes this
version better than Olive Garden's ! I added 1 tablespoon of red
pepper flakes and substituted evaporated milk for the heavy cream,
but next time I'll use the heavy cream.
My Son goes to The Olive
Garden just for this soup.... Sorry Olive Garden , Momma makes this
soup at home and according to him better. I love it because he comes
home more.. Thanks Jessica
soup...we doubled the recipe (used half-half instead of whipping
cream and minced garlic) and still didn't couldn't get enough...so i
have to make it again! thanks!
Love it!! We go to OG
about 3 times a month for the soup...my boyfriend and family request
I make it every weekend! Thanks for the recipe :)
HOLY COW!!!! ARE YOU
SERIOUS? I LOVE THIS SOUP AT OLIVE GARDEN. I WAS VERY SKEPTICAL WHEN
I TRIED MAKING IT AT HOME. I COULD'NT BELIEVE THAT IT IS TRUELY LIKE
THE REAL THING. THE ONLY THING I MODIFIED IS I ADDED MORE CREAM AND
CHICKEN STOCK (CAUSE I LIKE IT REALLY SOUPY) AND I DID NOT ADD THE
ONIONS. I SCORED MAJOR BROWNIE POINTS IN MY HOUSEHOLD WITH THIS
RECIPE. THANKS SO MUCH. NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS LEARN HOW TO MAKE
THE BREADSTICKS. LOL
I'm a HUGE meat eater
(16oz ribeyes for life y'all!!!). But this soup could easily be made
with 1/2 the meat. The Olive Garden version uses no more that a 1/3.
Other than that this soup is a perfect.
I followed the recie to
the "T". I wasn't sure how much bacon was 1/2 pound- cooke or other.
I chopped 1/2 cup of the pre-cooked microwave bacon. I used another
suggestion of a ladel or two of the soup, puree and add back. Great
idea. Thanks for this great- sure fire recipe.
I make this all the time,
but I use sweet italian sausage with 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes,
red potatoes and a small chopped onion. Everyone LOVES this soup, my
husband likes it better that OG!
I'm a HUGE meat eater
(16oz ribeyes all the way) but this soup can be made w half the
bacon and sausage and it would taste just as good or better. The
Olive Garden version uses no more than a 1/3 of the meat. Other than
that this recipe tastes increadible and true to the original
This soup is my favorite
thing to order and I was really skeptical when I made it at
home....but it tastes just the same! Not only is it good, but the
recipe is really versatile and I have been able to "mix it up" and
also use it as a starting point for other recipes I have.
IT was awesome. I
couldn't stomach the fat in the heavy cream, so I used a cup of skim
instead. If you're worried about fat content, it honestly still
tasted really good (not using heavy cream). I also used Jenny O's
Italian turkey sausage, - still awesome!
It's perfect. Exactly
right. A keeper. Thanks!
OMG! I found this recipe
yesterday and went right to the store to get all ingredients. I had
to substitute frozen mustard greens and used red potatoes...I also
put a pinch of italian seasoning in and this is by far the BEST soup
I have EVER tasted or MADE in my life! A must try! Oh yeah I browned
the spicy sausage, pancetta, onion and garlic together and added to
pot with broth, greens, and potatoes. Added 1 pt heavy cream at the
end and let simmer in crockpot. Throw in some breadsticks, salad,
and you have Olive Garden at home, for a lot less! Thank you so
much! MW/noir fine catering
My husband love this soup
at the Olive Garden so much that I had to find out how to make it. I
have never followed a recipe and was skeptical because of the
ingredients used. WE LOVED IT without changing a thing. Thanks.
This soup is awasome. My
wife requested it just a week after I made it the first time. I use
Spinich instead of Kale, just a preference thing. Try it, you'll
Oh my ...this is the
wonderful taste just like I got it from the Olive Garden. this is
the best my whole family loved it. GREAT !!!
This is GREAT!! EASY to
make and oh so flavorful! Served with garlic breadsticks and family
I too was skeptical when
I first read this recipe. It sounded too easy to be that good! Well,
I echo the comments of all of the other readers....THANK YOU! THIS
IS THE BEST. I used red potatoes and sliced them with the skins on.
I will try some of the others' suggestions to lower the calories. I
am so pleased with this recipe. I can't thank you enough.
This is the best! I can't
believe how easy and quick it was to fix. I'm addicted.
i put pasta dumpl[ns in
instead of potatoes and that is good also also chopped celery and
onion sauated in a bit of olive oil to start it i used sour cream
instead of milk and chicken bouion cubes with water instead of the
DELICIOUS soup!!!! Thank
you for the great recipes!
Have been looking for
this recipe for so long, made it and I did add more kale, it was
delicious, even took some left overs to my bachelor son.. he loved
it too.. thanks.
It was great. Even
betther than Olive Gardens as mine had more potatoes and sausages.
My family loved it. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much Robbie
I tried the recipe and I just love it, very easy to make. God Bless
you for sharing your recipes.
OH, MY GOD! Followed the
recipe to the letter. My daughter & I love the Olive Garden, but,
live about 90 minutes from the closest one. We made this today and
thought we died and went to heaven! No need to wait for the Olive
Garden's Zuppa when we can do this so quickly and easily at home.
THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!
I get so many compliments
on this soup and make it often. Yummy...
To thicken up the soup,
you can add instant mashed potato flakes. I ususally put them in my
regular potato soup recipe.
good soup...but I should
had held back the quart of water until I could see if it was
needed...my soup was too thin.
My husband made this soup
and it is beyond my fovorite soup.. i have never had zuppa at olive
garden but my husband has and he actually said that this soup is
better than what he has had at Olive Garden.. he said the taste is
the same but this soup is heartier than the resteraunts!! Every time
we invite someone over for supper they always ask for his to make
Zuppa... Thanks for this recipe i encourage everyone to try it! its
got 5 stars from my and my family.. my 3 year old picky eater even
I tried this last night,
and it was fantastic. We're restarting Atkins today, so I was
overjoyed to see your "low carb fix" for this. This has always been
my favorite soup and now I can have it low carb too. This soup has
sent me off of Atkins more times than I'd like to admit to, and now
I can stay low carb and have it too!
Thank you, so much for
sharing this recipe. My family and friends love this soup.
I tried this recipe
exactly how it was written and it was excellent. My husband and I go
to the Olive Garden just for this soup and now we don't have to.
Thanks so much for the recipe. It was easy and delicious.
Do not be afraid to make
this. I am definately not an experienced cook, and I am so impressed
with how easy this recipe is. It is my favorite soup ever that led
me to my new favorite cokking site. Thanks, Robbie and Jessica!
This is my favorite soup
at Olive Garden and I'm so pleased to find this GREAT recipe - so
easy and tastes superb!!
This soup is wonderful! I
think it's even better than Olive Garden's. I t is very easy to make
and my family and friends all love it. Thanks for a great recipe!!!
This is absolutely the
best and easiest recipe for this soup I have found. It tastes
exactly like the real soup at the restaurant.
Excellent, the first time
I had this soup was at Olive Garden I immediately searched the web
for the receipe. I must say you hit it on the nail. I have sinced
passed it on.
It was delicious!!! We
make a big pot and freeze the rest. The left overs make a great
snack. We get about 2 meals for me and my wife.
Better than olive
garden's . Best soup ever. Good job.
I just made your Zuppa
Toscana Soup. OH MY GOSH!!! It tastes just like Olive Garden's. I
have a new dish to take to potluck dinners.
We love the Zuppa soup at
Olive Garden. There isn't one near us since we moved. I made it the
other night and we couldn't tell the difference between this soup
and Olive Garden's. Great job with this soup!!!
My husband loves this
soup at olive garden. The first time I made it he was surprised it
was so close to theirs. My daughter said it was too spicy... so the
next time I made it I made 2 pots one with the spicy itaian sausage
and the other with sweet and she loved it. GREAT RECIPE!!