Zuppa Toscana Soup

Have you ever been to Olive Garden and ordered their “Zuppa Toscana” soup? If not, its definitely a must try. It has always been one of my most favorite things to order off their menu. Now, it can be made from home using this simple recipe. I made this a few nights ago for my family, and we all loved it. We had my mom over for dinner that night, and she too, loved it. I was hesitant to give it to the kids since sometimes they can be picky, but they actually thoroughly enjoyed it and said “this is the best soup ever”. Since I have made many soups over the years, I would call that compliment pretty darn good, : )


4 slices bacon, crumbled
1 lb Italian Sausage, casings removed (I used mild due to my kids, but spicy would add a bit more flavor)
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 Russet potatoes, sliced thin
3 cups baby spinach
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Salt/Pepper to taste


Cook the bacon however you prefer (we use the oven) and set aside. Cook the Italian sausage in a skillet until cooked through. Drain fat and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or large pan. Add in the onion and garlic, allowing to cook about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the chicken broth. Once boiling, add in the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add in the spinach and stir until spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Add in heavy cream and stir until mixed in. Sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper in. Allow to simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Serve warm!

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