Simply Healthy Family: Zuppa Toscana


Zuppa Toscana

This is one of our favorite meals, and it happens to be soup. That's right soup. What's not to love about soup? Nothing! There's just something about it that is so comforting and wonderful. It's healthy, easy to make and a frugal mom's best friend. Soup warms your soul and brings friends and families together around the dinner table. You serve it to a sick person to heal them. Bring it to a friend to comfort them and serve it to children to put a smile on their faces and good things in their tummies.
My mom and I used to go to Olive Garden to have soup and salad for lunch. Pretty much the only thing I've ever had at Olive Garden was their Zuppa Toscana and house salad. Of course over the years their soup has consisted of more broth and less filling and flavour.

So, of course I started making my own. It's more flavourful and healthier and my whole family can enjoy Zuppa Toscana in the comfort of our home for much less than it costs to eat out. Who takes 4 kids out to a restaurant anyway?

Add chopped kale in large handfuls, it will cook down!

Told ya so.

TIME   20 MINUTES    SERVES   6-8You Will Need:
1 bunch Kale, rinsed and chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can, Cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
3 Russet potatoes, washed and sliced thinly ( leave the peels on, they're full of vitamins!!!)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6-8 cups Organic Chicken Broth (not in a can)
Italian Sausage

Putting it all together:

First, smash and chop garlic. Place a large ceramic dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. When hot, add onion, saute 3-4 minutes till soft and browned. Add garlic, cook just 30 more seconds. Add sausage breaking up to small pieces. Cook till browned, about 4 minutes. Pour in broth while scraping bottom of pot with a plastic spatula to remove browned bits (deglaze). Add potatoes, kale and beans. Bring to soft boil, turn down heat to medium-low, cover and cook 10 minutes to combine flavours. Add salt if needed. Serve with crusty Rosemary Olive Oil bread...... I just so happen to have the worlds best recipe for crusty artisian bread, Rosemary Filone   right here on my humble little blog!



  1. I remember the good old days when Olive Garden's food actually tasted GOOD.

    This soup looks divine and all I can say is, how on earth do you have time to cook with 4 kids? I have one kid and I swear I can barely pull together some pasta.

  2. Yes, sad isn't it? Most resteraunts sacrifice flavour in the effort to save $$.
    In answer to your question, I cook because I love to ( it's a stress reliever!) and it makes me happy to know my kids are eating healthy! That is why I started this blog. Partly to journal our fav recipes and mostly to hopefully get other busy mommies to get cooking healthy!

  3. Looks fantastic; I love the addition of beans in there.

  4. This soup looks really good! I can see why your family loves this!

  5. I don't eat at Olive Garden and it appears I've been missing out on a great soup. I do have a recipe for their fantastic salad. Thanks for this recipe and I most certainly will be giving it a try. Looks delicious.

  6. Beautifully executed soup. I love kale. It is such a wonderful green.

    Two thumbs up!

  7. This does look far better than what you can get at Olive Garden today. My sisters and I used to go and do the same thing for lunch...nothing like unlimited breadsticks and soup! This looks far better, and I'm eager to make a big, warming bowl.

  8. Very, very nice soup . . . and I love how you've re-created the Olive Garden's soup at home. And I'm getting to use more kale myself. I really want to try the bread, too!

  9. Made this for dinner last night. I LOVED it. Super delish and easy to make (which is what I have to have right now). Olivia didn't go for it (no surprise since it wasn't mac n' cheese or hot dogs) but Bailee said, "It wasn't that bad. It was actually kind of good."

  10. Love it! I make my own version of this soup too and agree it is so much better and healthier than the OG version (which is pretty tasty). Such a great soup--thanks for joining in again at Souper Sundays this week. I hope it's becoming a pattern. ;-)

  11. Anonymous6/11/2012

    Just made this for dinner, smells absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. Making this tonight! Thanks so much!

  13. This is yummy!
    Olive Garden...has nothing fresh but salad! I was there w/my girls, & asked our server what was fresh? She said, "NOTHING"...NOT my words...kinda speaks volumes, huh?
    I'm a gourmet chef & my life has been directed towards twisting unhealthy recipes into as low fat; sugar; sodium; and dear GOD chemical/artificial ingredient, free...way more difficult with GMO's...
    We all have to fight like crazy as mothers, as humans, for the right to know what's in our food! PLEASE...Thanks for your beautiful recipes & photos, it's a lot of work to post, Bless you & your family...Andrea

  14. This is absolutely delicious. One of my favs. I keep coming back here to find this recipe. Thanks, Gwen


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