A beautifully Rich and Creamy Zuppa Toscana – packed with sausage and tender bites of potato.  Delicious!

This Zuppa Toscana is beautifully rich and creamy. Really simple to make too!

Talk about a meal in a bowl.

This Rich and Creamy Zuppa Toscana has got pan-fried chunks of sausage, tender pieces of potato and juicy green kale, enrobed in a rich, creamy broth and topped with crisp, salty bacon bits.

There is nothing not to love about this soup!

I made this last week and have been thinking about it ever since.

Now I’m not going to say that this is an Olive Garden copycat Zuppa Toscana recipe.  I know that it’s an Olive Garden favourite, and this soup might taste like it – but to be fair, I’ve never visited Olive Garden before (they don’t have them in the UK), so I’ve no idea.

I don’t need to have visited though, to know that this soup is seriously slurpily scrumptious (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

I’ll get on with the recipe in a minute, but first I’ve got to tell you about Harry Potter Studios and Lego Land.

  • Harry Potter Studios – AMAZING! We all loved it.  Gracey and I particularly, could be found either squealing, grinning from ear-to-ear or just plain dumbstruck.  We saw the fabulous sets, walked down Diagon alley, jumped on the train at platform 9 and 3/4, drank butterbeer, and walked around the huge Hogwarts model in wonder.  Loved it loved it loved it!
  • Lego Land – Well, it rained, and I did have to build some Lego (something you might be aware that I’m not fond of) and the cost of the queue-jumping tickets was excruciating.  However, it was fun.  Lewis got to go on his first roller coaster! I figured he might need some encouragement (he’s only 5), but he rode that thing three times – with his arms in the air.  I think we’ve got a mini adrenaline junkie on our hands.
    So despite the rain, we put our ponchos on and just got stuck in with those water rides first.  Even with the ponchos, we were pretty cold and sodden, but the walk-in dryers were brilliant for warming us up again.
  • There was also a third highlight for the kids.  The buffet breakfast at the hotel…
    Gracey and Lewis had eyes like saucers when they saw what was on offer.  Between the two of them, they managed to put away sausages, bacon, eggs, cereal, yogurt, pastries, pancakes, toast, muffins and a cheese sandwich.  It was like something from the hungry caterpillar.

I don’t know where they get their appetite from…..

This Zuppa Toscana is beautifully rich and creamy. Really simple to make too!


Anyway, enough about out little trip.  On with the recipe!

More Italian Inspired Recipes

Still hungry for more?  I have got quite a selection of Italian recipes, such as:


Spaghetti Bolognese

Tomato Risotto

Tuscan Chicken

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Easy Homemade Pasta

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

and for something sweet Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Rich and Creamy Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

5 from 2 votes

Rich and Creamy Zuppa Toscana

This Zuppa Toscana is beautifully rich and creamy. Really simple to make too!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -5 servings
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Italian


  • 230 g (1/2 lbs) Italian sausage – or your favourite sausage. Use gluten-free sausage if required - I used Morrison’s GF red pepper and red onion sausages
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 2 large red skinned potatoes chopped into chunks (skin left on)
  • 1.5 litres (0.22 gallons) hot chicken or vegetable stock made from water + 3 stock cubes or 1.5 tbsp vegetable bouillon for gluten-free
  • 6 rashers bacon
  • 240 ml (1 cup) double/heavy cream
  • 140 g (2 heaped cups) chopped kale
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of paprika
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  • Cut the uncooked sausage into small pieces.
    230 g (1/2 lbs) Italian sausage – or your favourite sausage.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add the sausage and brown for 5-6 minutes.
    1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Add in the onion and garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.
    1 large onion, 3 garlic cloves
  • Then add in the potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
    2 large red skinned potatoes, 1.5 litres (0.22 gallons) hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • Whilst the soup is cooking, fry or grill the bacon until crispy and then chop into small pieces. Put to one side.
    6 rashers bacon
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, add in the cream, kale and black pepper. Give everything a stir. Taste the soup and add a little salt and pepper if needed.
    240 ml (1 cup) double/heavy cream, 140 g (2 heaped cups) chopped kale, pinch of black pepper
  • Ladle into 4 or 5 bowls. Top with the crispy bacon and a sprinkle on a little paprika.
    pinch of paprika


Any leftover soup can be cooled, covered and stored in the fridge for a day or two. Reheat thoroughly before serving.
Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1553mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2125IU | Vitamin C: 28.4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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  1. Shyla Fisher says:

    5 stars
    Love it! I’ve been making this recipe for 2 years now and everyone who I make it for, loves it.

  2. Katy says:

    5 stars
    What a fabulous looking soup, so hearty and comforting. Gorgeous bowl of comfort food.

  3. smalltowngirl says:

    I heart soup. Especially hearty soups full of flavor. Pinned!

  4. Julie is Hostess At Heart says:

    This looks delicious! Sausage and bacon whew!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Sausage and bacon works with everything 😀