Last Updated on July 30, 2020 by Ellen Christian
This Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is one of my favorite copycat restaurant soup recipes. Make this Olive Garden crockpot soup today.
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I haven’t had this Zuppa Toscana recipe from Olive Garden in a while since I haven’t visited the restaurant. So, I decided to try to make it myself. I’m sure that the original recipe wasn’t made in a crockpot but it’s just the easiest way for me to make soup.
Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
So, Zuppa Toscana is Italian for Tuscan soup. It’s a traditional Italian soup that has Italian sausage, red peppers, diced white onion, bacon, bouillon, heavy cream, and kale.
As the name suggests, it originated in the Tuscany region of Italy. It’s a rich, hearty soup that makes a meal on its own. Of course, you can also serve it with a thick slice of Italian bread and butter.
This soup is definitely delicious, and I will be making it again. It was great for dinner and warmed up the next day for lunch. I’m not normally a fan of kale but in this recipe, you cannot really taste it. To keep it authentic, I recommend that you keep it in the recipe. But, if you really hate kale, you can leave it out or maybe try to substitute spinach instead.
It’s always so much fun to make copycat recipes. I have made the IHOP Bacon Temptation Omelette and that was a huge hit. Or, try these IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancakes. I’d love to experiment a little bit more with copycat recipes. It’s certainly much less expensive to make them at home.
Tips for making Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup
- You can enjoy this soup with either spicy sausage or mild depending on your taste preferences.
- If you don’t want to take the time to peel and chop potatoes, you can buy frozen peeled, chopped potatoes instead.
- Swap out the potatoes with cauliflower florets if you are trying to keep the carbs down.
Frequently asked questions
How long can you keep Zuppa Toscana?
If you have leftovers, you can keep them in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for 3 to 4 days. Then, reheat them in a pot on the stove or in your microwave.
Does Zuppa Toscana freeze well?
Yes, if you want to keep this Olive Garden crockpot soup for longer than 3 to 4 days, you can freeze it. Use it within 6 months of freezing it. Reheated, this really is better than Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana because the flavors have melded together.
Can you make Zuppa Toscana thicker?
Because this soup is broth-based, it is rather thin. If you like it thicker, you can mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 to 3 tablespoons of heavy cream. Then, slowly mix it into the soup while it’s heating.
What should I serve with soup?
My Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup is really a complete meal in itself. But, you can serve a side salad for extra vegetables. Or, you can serve Italian bread or rolls with butter.
More crockpot recipes
- 3 cans (14 oz) chicken broth
- 2 cups whipping cream
- red pepper flakes (to taste)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 small onion, diced, sauteed
- 1/2 pkg bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 4-5 cups chopped kale
- 3 to 4 potatoes, scrubbed and cut into slices or small chunks (skins left on)
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage, browned and drained
- Put everything into the crock pot except for the potatoes and cook on high for three to four hours.
- Add the potatoes one hour before it is done so they don't get soggy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 812Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 932mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 12gSugar: 13gProtein: 31g
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