Monday, February 1, 2010

Zuppa Tuscana Soup

A few weeks back, I saw a delicious-looking recipe for Zuppa Tuscana soup from Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking.  Lindsay has a wonderful and inspiring blog, and so I knew a recipe from her was sure to be good.

While I've never had the Olive Garden version, this Zuppa Tuscana will make an appearance at our place again!  Thanks, Lindsay, for sharing your recipe.

Zuppa Tuscana Soup - Adapted from Lindsay

1/2 lb. Italian turkey sausage
6 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 C chicken stock
2 C water
2 C milk
1 C spinach (either fresh or frozen)
4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, for garnish (if desired)

First, cook the bacon -- whether that's in the microwave, oven or stove top.  Drain the grease and set aside.  When cool, crumble.

Meanwhile, brown the Italian turkey sausage in a large stockpot, along with the garlic and onion.  Drain an excess grease.

Then, add the chicken stock, water and potatoes to the sausage.  Simmer for 20ish minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

Add in the milk and spinach.

Mash a couple of times with a potato masher to break apart the potatoes a bit.  Hint -- do this after you add the milk -- helps your hand not get burned by the steam!

Then, simmer for a few minutes, until the spinach is wilted.

Add in pepper, to taste, and the crumbled bacon.

Serve warm, with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

This post is linked to:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Ingredient Spotlight, URSSoupaPalooza


  1. Oh wow! This looks delicious...especially the BACON! :)

  2. Ummm, that does look good! I'm thinking of trying that with chicken. We're not huge sausage fans around here...

  3. My husband would love this (and I love that it's made with turkey!}! He always orders this soup when we eat at Olive Garden!

  4. Oh I am so making this! I love the soup at Olive Garden and I have most of those ingredients already! Yummo! Thanks for posting!

  5. I love Olive Garden soups, but I hate trying to eat at a sit down restaraunt with a two year old! :D I adapted a recipe to imitate OG's minestrone soup that is really popular with my family. I think I will surprise them with your recipe next week. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Yummy! This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. We'll certainly be trying this one at our house.

  7. The blog world is small, no? I just bookmarked this recipe from that very blog you mentioned. Didn't realize we were both followers of Passionate Homemaking.


    My hubs and I adore this soup at the OG!

  8. Oh goodness, that soup looks wonderful. Thanks for linking your post to TMTT.

  9. This looks amazing!! :D I have a friend that tried making Olive Garden's soup just this past weekend. :D

  10. made this today for lunch (and leftovers for tomorrow) and it was DELISH!!! I actually preferred mine to Olive Garden's as I didn't cut my potatoes and onions as small as they do. LOL I used KALE instead of spinach as that is what I had on hand. The whole household enjoyed it!

  11. This looks amazingly delicious. I cannot wait to try it!

  12. This is on my list of recipes to try. It looks fantastic!


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