Zuppa Toscano

I love soups this time of year, and this certainly is a yummy one…the copycat of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscano. There are many versions of this recipe, but this one is our favorite. We love the spicy kick from the hot Italian sausage and crispiness of the pancetta bits. If you want a lower carbohydrate version, you could substitute the potatoes with cauliflower florets. I’ve done this many times, and it turns out great!

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 4 oz pancetta or bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can cannelloni beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup milk or half & half
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Few dashes of nutmeg
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Recipe

    In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, cook the pancetta or bacon until the fat is rendered and crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. To the stockpot, add Italian sausage and onion. Break apart and cook until sausage is cooked through and onion tender, about 4-6 minutes. Add potatoes, garlic broth, and beans. Bring to a boil then reduce to low heat and simmer until potatoes are fork tender, about 20-30 minutes. In a small bowl of measuring cup, whisk together milk or half & half and cornstarch. To the stockpot, add milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and kale. Simmer 5 minutes to allow to thicken and kale become tender. Dish in soup bowls and garnish with Parmesan and pancetta.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 2 cups (makes 7 servings): 338 calories, 16g fat, 22g carbs, 22g protein

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    Joyce Plourde
    Joyce Plourde
    1 year ago
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    I have tried this recipe and it was a huge hit with my family. So much so, that my daughter has requested that I make it again these week. So easy to make and So De-Li-Cious!!☺

    Kendrick Kathy
    Kendrick Kathy
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    Jessica Mullins
    Jessica Mullins
    4 months ago

    I’m making this right now! Perfect for this cold winter night!

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    I love soups this time of year, and this certainly is a yummy one…the copycat of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscano. There are many versions of this recipe, but this one is our favorite. We love the spicy kick from the hot Italian sausage and crispiness of the pancetta bits. If you want a lower carbohydrate version, you could substitute the potatoes with cauliflower florets. I’ve done this many times, and it turns out great!