Real Food Zuppa Tuscana Soup

I fell in love with Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscan Soup this summer while visiting family on the east coast. I knew that I need to recreate at home. Even though it doesn’t taste exactly the same it comes pretty close and really hits the spot on a cool day. It is also a great way to stretch your meat and get more nourishing chicken stock in your diet!

Real Food Zuppa Tuscana Soup
  • Real Food Zuppa Tuscan Soup
  • serves 6 to 8
  • 4 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole raw milk
  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 pound of italian sausage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 bunch of kale, finely minced
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Cook your italian sausage in a soup pot over medium heat until completely cooked and crumbly. Remove and set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon in the soup pot until almost crispy. Remove from the pot and set aside leaving the grease in the pot.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the soup pot and cook until soft stirring occasionally. While the onions and garlic and cooking, chop the bacon into tiny pieces.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock an add the potatoes.
  5. Put the lid on the pot and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are just almost soft. Add the kale and cook for 10 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Pour in the milk stirring slowly.
  8. Add the Italian sausage, salt and pepper.
  9. Return to a simmer and then turn off the heat.
  10. Serve into individual bowls, garnish with the bacon crumbles and grated parmaesan cheese.


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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sunday Night Soup Night. I’ll be hosting weekly through fall and winter, so I’d love to see you again with your next soup/stock/chowder recipe!

  2. This soup looks delicious, Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul Hop.

  3. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. This sounds so tasty! I’m hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday. I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here’s a link with more info.
    I hope to see you there!


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