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Mock “Zuppa Tuscano” (Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup)

Mock Zuppa Tuscano Today, I had sausage in the refrigerator that was in need of being used. Of course, I could have made patties and fried it for breakfast, but, I really wanted to be able to use it for a dinner. After all, there is so much potential with Sausage. So, since I also had some dinosaur kale and half and half, I decided that a “Mock” Zuppa Tuscano was in order. That is my favorite soup that Olive Garden has to offer so immediately I was excited. Of course, this doesn’t taste exactly like Zuppa Tuscano, but, it is really close in my opinion. Let me know what you think. 🙂

Also, as I did some research on this soup, I saw many that used chicken stock instead of water. I found that I really liked it a lot with water instead of broth/stock. Also, I saw many recipes that used heavy whipping cream. That seemed too rich for a weeknight meal, so I settled for half and half (half milk, half cream) and used only a cup. I still achieved a rich and tasty broth with less fat. Another difference, many used Italian Sausage. I had pork sausage so I used that. All I can say is YUM! 🙂

I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as we did!


1 lb Sausage
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cups Kale, finely chopped
1 whole Carrot, chopped
4 potatoes, cubed
4 cups water
1 cup Half and Half
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese


First, cook your sausage and onions together in a dutch oven.

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Once the sausage and onion are cooked, add in your veggies, potatoes and water.

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Cover and cook for 25 minutes on a simmer. It will have more liquid at this point.

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

Skim any excess fat off of the top of the liquid. Add in your half and half and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Crusty Bread and Butter. Yum!

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup

12 Responses

  1. This looks so good! Thanks for being a co-host for the Mom’s Monday Mingle. I am following you on Pinterest. I didn’t see any other way to follow. I’d love for you to visit me sometime and maybe even follow me back. Have a great week.

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  2. Liz says:

    Hey! Found you on the blog hop!! New follower.

  3. Nikki says:

    I love that soup at Olive Garden! I am definitely going to try this Soup is a great winter dinner idea. 🙂

  4. Came over thru the Mom’s Monday Mingle. Your soup looks incredible! I love your soup pot, too, it looks well-used and well-loved, exactly the way a family’s soup pot should!


    • Diane Marie Haller says:

      Thank you Patty! It has surely been a wonderful tool in our kitchen and a constant participant! :). Blessings to you!

  5. Susan says:

    Hurrah! So glad you finally made this soup 🙂 It’s all we ever order at O.G. and one of 2 go-to recipes when I have Kale (the other being Kale Chips).

    • Diane Marie Haller says:

      I am SO glad I did too :). It was yummy! I need to try Kale Chips now. 🙂 Great to hear from you Susan! 🙂

  6. Shanda says:

    I found this recipe on Pintrest and decided to give it a shot. I normally don’t like sausage, but the chicken apple sausage I use is perfect for this soup. I have had many requests for this recipe since making it. Thanks!

    • Diane Marie Haller says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I am going to have to try it with the chicken and apple sausage as well! It sounds great! Again, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate it! 🙂 Blessings!

  7. Kimberly says:

    I love this soup! I’m excited to try it with the changes you made.


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