Zuppa Toscana Recipe | Single Serving
A Zuppa Toscana single serving soup recipe that tastes so much better than any restaurant version! It's easy to do and can be ready in under 30 minutes! If you are a fan of Olive Garden restaurants in the United States, you might be familiar with their Zuppa Toscana soup kitchen. This is one of […]

A Zuppa Toscana single serving soup recipe that tastes so much better than any restaurant version! It's easy to do and can be ready in under 30 minutes!

a small bowl of soup filled with potatoes, bacon, sausage and spinach on a plate next to two slices of bread.

If you are a fan of Olive Garden restaurants in the United States, you might be familiar with their Zuppa Toscana soup kitchen. This is one of my favorite dishes and I couldn't wait to create a single serving of their recipe.

Zuppa Toscana simply means "Tuscan soup". It is traditionally made with kale, potatoes, onions, garlic, Italian meats and cream. The soup is hearty and filled with amazing flavors. In my "Zuppa Toscana For One" I always use spinach instead of kale. I always seem to have a bag of spinach in my fridge and when I use spinach the soup cooks faster.

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Why this recipe works

  • This Zuppa Toscana soup tastes amazing!
  • It's easy to make and cooks in under 30 minutes!
  • This soup is full of flavor and packed with vegetables.
  • The recipe makes 1 large bowl of soup. It's the perfect amount for anyone cooking for one person.

Ingredients

the ingredients of zuppa toscana on a labeled brown table.

Ingredient Notes

See the recipe box below for ingredient quantities and full recipe instructions.

  • Bacon: Use 1 slice of bacon in this Zuppa Toscana recipe. See below for ways to use leftover bacon and other ingredients.
  • Italian sausage: I use mild Italian sausage but you can use a spicier version if you want more heat.
  • Onions and garlic: Chopped onions and garlic add a lot of flavor to this soup, certainly don't forget them.
  • Chili powder: For a subtle spicy flavor.
  • Chicken broth: I recommend using low sodium chicken broth.
  • Potato: 1 small red potato is enough. You can also use Yukon Gold potatoes.
  • Spinach: A handful of spinach is enough; about 1 cup of fresh spinach.
  • Heavy cream: If you don't have heavy cream, you can use whole milk or evaporated milk instead. The soup will not be so creamy but will still be absolutely delicious.

How to make this recipe

  1. Cook bacon in 2-liter saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Add the Italian sausage, onions, garlic and chili powder to the pan juices and cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until golden and not pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and add the diced potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are slightly softened, about 12 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream.
  6. Pour into a bowl and top with crumbled bacon.
Six photos showing the steps in the preparation of zuppa toscana soup.

Expert advice

  • Cut the potatoes the same size to ensure even cooking.
  • To make a low-carb Zuppa Toscana, use cauliflower florets instead of potatoes.
  • In order to control the spiciness of this soup, we opted for a mild Italian sausage. Feel free to use spicy Italian sausage or try turkey sausage, chorizo, or another favorite sausage.
  • If you want a cheese variation, consider adding grated Parmesan or another cheese of your choice as a soup garnish.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I don't eat this soup right away, how should I store Zuppa Toscana?

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, if you want to do a little more, this recipe doubles up nicely.

What size of pot should I use?

I recommend using a 2 liter saucepan when preparing this unique Zuppa Toscana recipe. For best results, use a pot of similar size.
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a bowl of zuppa toscana with a spoon on the side of the bowl.

Ways to use the remaining ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this Zuppa Toscana recipe, you may want to consider using them in one of these single-serve and small-batch recipes:

Service suggestions

Consider serving your bowl of soup with one of these recipes:

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a bowl of zuppa toscana on a white plate.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Classes: Main course, Main course - Soup

Cooked: Italian

Diet: Gluten free

Keywords: copier recipe, Olive Garden, soup, zuppa toscana

Portions: 1 bowl

Calories: 689kcal

  • Cook the bacon in a 2 liter saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a fork.
  • Add the Italian sausage, onions, garlic and chili powder to the pan juices and cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until golden brown and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour in the chicken broth and add the diced potatoes to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer to cook the potatoes, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Pour into a bowl and top with crumbled bacon.

Expert advice
  • Cut the potatoes the same size to ensure even cooking.
  • To make a low-carb Zuppa Toscana, use cauliflower florets instead of potatoes.
  • In order to control the spiciness of this soup, we opted for a mild Italian sausage. Feel free to use spicy Italian sausage or try turkey sausage, chorizo, or another favorite sausage.
  • If you want a cheesy twist, consider adding grated Parmesan or another cheese of your choice as a soup garnish.

Portion: 1portion | Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 53g | Saturated fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 1342mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 875UI | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 81mg | The iron: 3mg

The information displayed is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered as a substitute for the advice of a professional nutritionist.



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