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Zuppa Toscana Soup {20 minutes!}

An Olive Garden copycat of their famous "Zuppa Toscana" soup made easier in a 20-minute or less prep time!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 396 kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 1 cup pre-diced yellow onion*
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen PLAIN diced hashbrowns (just plain potatoes, no added ingredients)
  • 2 containers (32 ounces EACH) chicken stock
  • 5-6 slices bacon
  • 1-2 cups pre-chopped packaged kale
  • 1 and 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • Optional: freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Grab out a large stockpot and a large skillet and place both on the stove-top.

  2. Starting with the stockpot, place it over medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil, the pre-chopped onion, and minced garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, in the large skillet, add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, the sausage, red pepper flakes, fennel, salt & pepper over medium heat.

  3. In the stockpot, add in the diced hashbrowns and give a quick stir. Pour in all of the broth. Cover the pot, turn the heat to high, and bring it to a boil.

  4. Meanwhile, in the skillet, stir the sausage to one side of the skillet and add in the bacon slices to the other side. Continue to cook and break up the sausage until no longer pink and flip the bacon as needed.

  5. Remove the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate.

  6. Drain the sausage and add to the stockpot with the kale and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Crumble the bacon and add it here (or top individual bowls with the bacon.) Taste and adjust seasonings to preference (more red pepper flakes, salt, pepper...)

  7. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

*The 20-minute prep time is dependent upon buying and using the listed ingredients -- prepared onions and pre-minced garlic, the frozen hashbrowns, and pre-shredded kale (grocery stores generally have a large bag of pre-shredded kale for super cheap).