Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat — Damn Delicious

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Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat

This copycat tastes just like the restaurant version except you can make it in the pressure cooker. It is unbelievably easy and effortless – anyone can make it! It is basically fool-proof. Promise!

Greetings from South Korea!

We have a quick layover here in Seoul before we finally head home to Los Angeles.

It’s been an amazing two weeks in Thailand but I am very much ready to get back home to our 56 degree F weather.

When the scarves, Uggs and seat warmers come out.

And this IP Olive Garden copycat recipe.

It’s truly one of my favorite winter soups ever.

And it’s even more of a favorite now that I know I can make it in the Instant Pot.

It’s rich, it’s hearty, and it’s full of kale!

It’s a great way to sneak in those veggies for those picky eaters, or in my case, Ben.

I have never seen him eat so much kale.

He said, and I quote, ” The kale soaks up the flavors of the sausage so it just tastes like sausage.”

Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

This copycat tastes just like the restaurant version except you can make it in the pressure cooker. It is unbelievably easy and effortless – anyone can make it! It is basically fool-proof. Promise!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 russet potatoes, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 cup half and half

Directions:

  1. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting. Add olive oil and sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Add garlic, onion and oregano. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in potatoes and chicken broth; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Stir in kale until wilted, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in half and half until heated through, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve immediately.

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47 comments

I don’t have a pressure cooker and this looks delicious. Can you add a method to cook it in a pan or one pot kind of thing? Is it possible?

It’s my favorite soup. How can I make this stove top or slow cooker version? I don’t have an instant pot.

I have a 3 qt mini instant pot. How would I adjust the recipe?

You can halve the recipe as needed, but please be mindful of cooking time.

Can I make this in a crockpot? Thank you and I enjoy your recipes. John

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

Looks delicious, but I don’t have a pressure cooker/instant Pot. Have you ever made in on the stove top or in a Crock-Pot?

This looks wonderful, but I cannot have dairy… In your opinion, would you just leave the half and half out, or substitute a non dairy milk? Just wondering if it’s really needed or if I would alter the flavor too much with a different milk.. Thank you.

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

I have made zuppa toscana with coconut milk and it was delicious, so you could try that!

What can I substitute for the half and half that’s non-dairy?
Thanks, Jan

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

What size instant pot do you use? I cook your recipes all week long and I I am trying to decide on the size of one to buy.

In case this is helpful for anyone, I made this recipe and it’s SO good!! My modifications were to add 4 large carrots and instead of the half and half I blended two cans of white beans. It thickened the soup and increased the fiber. I will make this again and again!! Thank you, Chungah.

This was so good and so easy. Thank you. I might add more garlic just because I really like garlic. I didn’t have russet potatoes so I used 6 smaller red potatoes my husband approved. Thanks again. Definitely making this again. Mangia Mangia

Can this be frozen.

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself. Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

I just made the soup. It is very delicious! This is a keeper recipe. Thanks for sharing!

So I borrowed my friend’s instapot. The soup was a hit. My son ate 2 bowls yesterday and one today. My husband ate a huge bowl too. I used sweet Italian sausage by mistake so my daughter liked it because it wasn’t spicey. I used the kosher salt but it was still bland so I added pink salt instead. Tgank you for the recipe.

This was fantastic! Simple to make and hit the spot on a rainy evening! I doubled the kale since it cooks down so much and topped it off with some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

This came out great! I used to make a stovetop version that took a lot longer. I really enjoy how the potatoes become so creamy. We doubled the sausage cause my boyfriend loves it and didn’t have to adjust anything else. I used 2 huge potatoes.

I made this a few days ago but it turned out very runny. Still have lots of leftovers. Is there any way to salvage this? Also, it was pretty bland. Seemed like too much cream? And now I am rereading your recipe and see you specified half and half. LOL I totally messed up on this. Will try again. 😉

I also found it bland & the broth very thin. It needs something else to add some depth of flavor…more oregano? I think k the instant pot just create steam / water that goes into the broth? Not a fan unfortunately… :-/

If you’ve ever eaten this at Olive Garden you know it is a brothe based, not a cream soup. With 5 basic ingredients it requires high quality of each especially the broth. This is a delicious soup if made to the recipe.

Can this be doubled in the instant pot?

Yes, of course, but cooking time may vary. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

I prepped the ingredients before I realized that this recipe is for an Instant Pot. I don’t have one, so I prepared it on the stovetop. After the sausage was browned and the vegetable were sautéed, I simmered the potatoes for about 20 minutes until tender before adding the kale and half-and-half. Perhaps this soup is supposed to be the consistency of a chowder, but it is very thin with lots of broth. I followed the recipe, but substituted mild Italian chicken sausage and increased the amount of kale. After de-stemming, ½ bunch seemed a bit skimpy so I used all of it, which was not too much). This is a quick, tasty one-pot meal and I will definitely make it again, but will reduce the amount of chicken broth in the recipe.

I have an Instant Pot and it was really watery for me. I don’t think I’ll make this one again.

It’s been a long time since I had this at Olive Gdn,, but as I recall the broth is supposed to be thin. It’s like milk. If you want a cream soup run an immersion blender in the potatoes when its done.

I’ve been seeing all your FABULOUS Instant Pot recipes but don’t yet own an Instant Pot BUT I’m visiting my son & he has a brandnew one, I’m excited to be making this recipe as The First!!

I prepared this soup with my grandaughter – it is sooo good.

How fun!! So happy you enjoyed it!

Isn’t there diced bacon, and a little chilli flake in this soup

You can surely add these ingredients in if you prefer, David! Isn’t that the beauty of home cooking?

Um, can I just ask where those spoons were purchased? I love them!

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