If you love Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, you will fall head over heels for this one. Though we call it a copycat, you’ll find that this homemade version is even better than the restaurant. Nothing beats a big bowl of fresh, hot, savory Zuppa Toscana made from scratch.
I’ve always lived near an Olive Garden, whether I was in Los Angeles, Orange County, or the Twin Cities. Despite having one of these restaurants within a few miles of me, I rarely find myself sitting inside of one.
In fact, it’s been years since I’ve ordered off an Olive Garden menu. Until just recently, the last memory I have of setting foot in one was with my co-workers, and we all went for the soup-salad-breadsticks lunch. That was when it was still only $5.99, so yeah, it’s been awhile…
But just recently, I did a mental search for an ideal girls’ lunch spot. It was literally frozen outdoors, so hot soup and warm bread sounded divine.
Once the idea was raised, it was quickly decided…we’d make a run for the soup-salad-breadsticks lunch at Olive Garden. Granted, it’s gone up a few bucks since I last had that exact same lunch, but it sounded like the perfect lunch plan.
Snugly seated in the warmth of the restaurant room, in a cozy booth, we girls chatted up a storm and happily shared the eventful happenings of our lives. We munched on those famous breadsticks (recipe for O.G. Breadsticks is here, by the way!) and warmed ourselves up with soup.
My favorite soup at O.G. has been and always will be their creamy, dreamy Zuppa Toscana. After slurping up my bowl on that lunch date, I went home and wistfully longed for a huge pot of that hearty soup.
That soup longing turned to reality. I made a gorgeous, mouthwatering batch of Zuppa Toscana. Enough to fill my own huge pot. Oh, my… this recipe is even better than the restaurant version. It goes without saying that homemade always shines brighter, because it’s fresh and made just the way you want it.
This Zuppa Toscana is savory, brothy, creamy, and brimming with the goodness of sausage, kale, and potatoes. All cooked to perfection. Crispy real bacon sure doesn’t hurt, either.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Cooking Classy
If you’re going to make Olive Garden copycat recipes, these delectable breadsticks are truly better than the restaurant version. They are super soft, tender, and hot out of the oven! You gotta eat them fresh (not hard, because they’re usually gone within minutes.)
If soup’s on for dinner but you’re short on time, this Tortellini Soup with Chicken and Veggies will be a definite hit.
For soup with a bit of delicious flair, here’s our favorite Mexican Chicken Stew.