There’s nothing like going to a favorite restaurant and ordering a warm, delicious soup to start off your meal. It’s even better when you can re-create that steamy bowl of deliciousness in your own home.
If you’re a fan of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, you’re in luck. There are a number of “copycat” recipes available for anyone looking to bring one of the Italian restaurant’s signature soups to your kitchen. The best thing about these replica recipes? They take the mystery out of the professional kitchen and make it accessible to anyone.
Zuppa Toscana is a hearty soup from the Tuscany region of Italy made with sausage, potatoes, chicken broth, heavy cream, greens like kale or spinach, garlic, onions, bacon, red pepper flakes, and a few other spices.
Olive Garden’s version is very popular and if you’re having a craving for something warm and nourishing, here are a few recipes you can try to make it for yourself.
Over on the Genius Kitchen website, this Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana earned a five-star rating, with nearly 700 users sharing their reviews of this dish. Many visitors said they liked it even more than the original restaurant recipe because cooks can make changes to it based on their preferences.
Christi L gave the recipe a five-star review, saying, “Easy recipe, amazing soup. Better than Olive Garden’s because you can make it heartier by adding extra potatoes and kale! I made it for an Italian themed potluck at work and it was a hit!”
Trish of Mom On Timeout also has a one-pot version of Zuppa Toscana on her website, with commenters insisting that it’s “way better than Olive Garden,” and another commenter claiming it was the only copycat recipe that has ever done the trick for her.
“This was AMAZING,” wrote commenter Sara. “I have tried to get this soup right many times before with other copycat recipes. This is the first recipe that is just perfect. I am in heaven. Thank you!”
And while good soups can often take hours to make, this recipe also gets high marks for its fast prep-time, coming in at just 45 minutes total.
With “soup season” already upon us, these recipes can bring some much-needed warmth and nutrition into your kitchens in a dish the whole family will love.