Cozy up to this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana (Dairy-Free Potato Soup Recipe) tonight! Packed with potatoes, sausage and fresh crunchy kale swimming in a lightly spiced broth, you’ll think you’re at Olive Garden (minus the guilt)! You’ll fall in love with this healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana copycat recipe once you give it a try.
Post edited 1/26/20. Please see the notes in the recipe card for details.
As this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana recipe is (and always has been) the most popular recipe on my blog, I felt the photos and the post, in general, needed a facelift. A lot has changed in four years. Plus, others have stolen my pics and my exact blog post wording, dang! I make this soup on the regular, and my food photography skills have improved tremendously since 2016, so why not add some new content and drool-worthy pictures? (You can keep my 2016 amateur soup photos, ya filthy thieving animals. But since imitation is the finest form of flattery, consider me extremely flattered).
For you diehard Farmstead Chic Zuppa Toscana Fans, I did make a few other minimal changes to the recipe card, and you can see those in the Notes section. You are my faves, BTW.
Oh yeah! I also began videoing my recipes and let me tell you, it’s a ton of work! I have a newfound respect for professional videographers (which I am not, as you will certainly be able to tell). But please, check out my YouTube video of this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana recipe and lemme know all your thoughts! Is it too long? Too short? What do YOU want to see in these videos? Because it’s really all for you, dear loyal blog reader. I heart you so much. Feel free to drop a comment or send me an email, Facebook message, etc with your thoughts on the video, the recipe or just life in general.
Going forward, I’m also going to be adding a “commonly asked questions” section for each recipe below the recipe card and will update these sporadically as new ones arise. Ask away!
I’ll skip over all the mushy-gushy personal stuff I’d normally write about like how my 4yo son and I made his first YouTube video today about planting cilantro with this Bruder backhoe and John Deere tractor and how I’m so silly-proud that he has an interest in farming. See what I did there, tho? 🙂
BTW, if you’re a soup lover like me, check out these beauties:
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Cozy up to this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana tonight! Packed with potatoes, sausage and fresh crunchy kale swimming in a lightly spiced broth, you’ll think you’re at Olive Garden (minus the guilt)! You’ll fall in love with this healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana copycat recipe once you give it a try.
- 2 tbsp. beef tallow, or cooking fat of your choice
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 lb. ground Italian sausage (see below for info on Whole30-compliant Italian sausage)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, or more to taste
- 8 c. chicken broth
- 7 medium red potatoes (about 2.5–3 lbs.), coarsely chopped (peeled or not)
- 5 oz. fresh kale, chopped (about 6–8 cups depending on how firmly packed)
- 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large stock pot or Dutch Oven, melt the beef tallow or cooking fat of your choice over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and sauté 3 minutes.
- Add the Italian sausage and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned.
- Add the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.
- Saute 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic.
- Stir for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add the chicken broth and potatoes.
- Bring your soup to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Add the kale and coconut milk and simmer an additional 5 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork and kale is just barely tender.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
1/26/20 edits: Replaced photos. Added a video. (Subscribe to my YouTube channel!) Updated cook time from 30m to 40m. (After cooking this on an electric cooktop, I believe 40m is more accurate. My gas stovetop tends to come to a boil much quicker.) Switched the order of sautéing the onions and browning the sausage. (Cooking the onions first saves time as they can continue to soften while the meat browns. Also, we don’t overcook the meat, and all those delicious flavors have more time to merge.) Changed the chicken broth from 6c. to 8c. for a “soupier” soup. Adjusted the serving size accordingly. (Number of servings remain the same). 2017 edit: My recipe originally called for only 8 oz. of coconut milk. I changed it to the full 13.5 oz. can because it is creamier this way! It does give it the very slightest hint of coconut. If you want to avoid the hint of coconut, reducee it to 8 oz.
- Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups
- Calories: 325
- Sugar: 4.5g
- Sodium: 1076.1mg
- Fat: 16.2g
- Saturated Fat: 10.8g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 38.9g
- Fiber: 4.4g
- Protein: 9.7g
- Cholesterol: 14.4mg
Keywords: whole30, zuppa toscana, paleo, clean eating, dairy free, kale, olive garden, copycat recipe, coconut milk
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Commonly asked questions for this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana
Is Italian sausage Whole30-compliant?
It can be. Most of the Italian sausage you find at the big grocery chains are not Whole30-compliant. This goes for many spice blends, most chicken broth, and almost all other processed meats as well. There are some brands out there that are, but you have to check the ingredients list. At the time of this posting, Whole Foods 365 Pork Mild Italian Sausage lists their ingredients as Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Vinegar, Spices (Fennel, Black Pepper), Dehydrated Garlic, Rosemary Extract and Lemon Juice Concentrate.
How long is Zuppa Toscana good for?
You can store this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana soup in the fridge for 3-4 days. Make a big batch so you can freeze leftovers!
Can you freeze Zuppa Toscana soup?
Yes. Store this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana for up to ninety days in the freezer for the best flavor. Label the soup with the date you freeze it so you’ll know when it’s expiration is near. Freezer burn is the worst.
Is Zuppa Toscana gluten-free?
This Whole30 Zuppa Toscana is Whole30-compliant, dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free.
What does the word Zuppa mean?
Zuppa Toscana literally means “Tuscan Soup.” For the purpose of this article, we’re talking about Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana made predominantly with sausage, potatoes and kale.
Does kale freeze well in soup?
If you make this Whole30 Zuppa Toscana with the sole intention of meal prepping and freezing, I would recommend not adding the kale until you are ready to eat it if that’s feasible. The kale is a nice, fresh and crunchy contrast to the soft potatoes and crumbled sausage, and I like to leave it barely wilted. However, if you are going for no-fuss meal prep, freezing the kale will still give you the flavor, many of the nutrients and some nice texture.
Do potatoes have gluten?
Real, whole, fresh potatoes do not contain gluten; however, beware of “potatoes” in any other form you order at a restaurant because you never know what may be added to them.
Can you freeze soup in Ziploc bags?
Yes. Allow the soup to cool and ladle evenly into Ziploc freezer bags labeling the bag with the date frozen and squeezing out the excess air. Store flat in the freezer to save space. Be sure to use bags meant for freezer storage.
Can I freeze soup in Mason jars?
Yes, you can store this Zuppa Toscana in Mason jars. Be sure the soup is cooled before adding it to the jars and make sure to leave extra space it the jars. Liquids expand when they freeze. If there isn’t enough room or if the liquid is too hot, the jars will shatter.
What foods are Whole30-compliant?
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what foods are Whole30-compliant and why some aren’t. I’m so happy to help, but I would definitely recommend reading the Whole30 books if you haven’t already. Knowledge really is power, especially when you’re just trying to make it through the workday and that 3 pm chocolate bar craving hits. You’ll know why you’re feeling the way you are and what you can do to squash it.
If you’re like me, a busy working mom with too much to do to sit down and stop everything to read a book, you should definitely check out Amazon’s Audible program. That’s how I found time to read It Starts With Food, by having it read to me. I love, love Audible. I just recently purchased Food Freedom Forever with one of my monthly credits, and it’s another winner so far. I listen to it in the car to and from work and also while I’m cooking and doing chores.
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