Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

Ratings and Reviews of Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Score: 4.90 (votes: 48)
Rating of votes (48)
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Jon Maccaffrey
Apr 24, 2024, 18:31
Tastes exactly like the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana minus the texture of the sausage. The recipe has one slicing instead of crumbling the sausage. Luckily you can just crumble up the sausage yourself to get it just like Olive Garden!
Stephanie E
Apr 22, 2024, 06:51
I have been making this recipe for years. This is WAY better than what is served in the restaurant. I scale it up for bigger servings or when serving more people. I've made it in the Instant Pot and a Crock Pot. I tend to not measure the kale. Whatever the bunch looks like when I buy it is what I use. I've added cauliflower to it and reduced or eliminated the potato to make it have a little less carbs. Everyone raves about it and they all say it's better than in the restaurant.
David Williams
Apr 8, 2024, 07:46
Todd...I love you but this is simply not a good copycat recipe. My wife loves this soup (from Olive Garden) and she says it is way off from the restaurant. I found other copycat recipes online and they seemed to be more accurate.
Phil S.
Dec 12, 2023, 16:18
This is a very flavorful soup, in my opinion it's better than Olive Gardens especially now I think they've changed the recipe because it's simply not as good as it once was. I use ground mild sausage but keep the pepper flakes. I would also suggest rinsing meat after browning. Doing so will remove the orange fat that otherwise floats on top and in my opinion makes it visually not as appealing. Would definitely recommend.
John Cantrell
Feb 24, 2021, 23:00
This is better than perfect. At OG, they use crumbled Italian sausage instead of sliced, and what you get in the bowl is inconsistent -- usually too much of the cheap ingredients and not enough of the expensive ones. Todd's version allows you to easily portion control each ingredient in each bowl. Multiples of the recipe work great as is -- I multiply everything by 4 in a large pot and cook for the same amount of time. I do hit it with more red pepper and no salt -- but the sausage and broth I use are already salty enough. There are many varieties of kale for sale now -- I just use normal old organic green kale.
Brittany Pirulis
Mar 1, 2020, 21:40
Finally a recipe that does not contain bacon! I scoured the Internet before coming here and they ALL called for bacon and I knew that wasn’t it. I used to work at Olive Garden back in the day and this is pretty dang close. I remember they put the kale in at the VERY end and it managed to wilt nicely- but I had to simmer the kale for an hour to soften it. Something about restaurant kale and grocery store kale is just not the same. I doubled the recipe, cooked the sausage with half an onion and topped with pecorino Romano at the end. My fiancé and I enjoyed it very much.
christel hutchison
Oct 13, 2019, 14:59
I've never had the OG version but omg this was fantastic. I doubled the recipe as it just sounded so good and am I ever glad I did. I mashed up the potatoes a bit after they were cooked to thicken the soup. I will definitely make this again! The recipe is super easy as well.
Donald Strohl
Oct 8, 2019, 17:31
So simple a 2 year old can make it.
Chris S
Feb 5, 2015, 22:00
We love this soup! Often we substitute spinach or broccoli (hubby's preference) for the kale, since we have both on hand in the freezer. Am looking forward to adding white beans next time; thanks for the idea!
Apr 19, 2014, 22:00
Everyone loves this soup and my 2 year old cannot get enough! thanks for sharing