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7-Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana (Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Kale and Sausage)

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7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

One of my favorite things about meeting new friends is getting to visit their homes for the first time.

Ok ok, I’ll admit, often I’m totally “that friend” who will figure out a way to casually invite myself over, because I love getting to see where someone lives. I love taking in the neighborhood, I love seeing what sort of house they chose, I love getting a sense of his or her decorating style, I love nosing around old photos, I definitely love scoping out their books, and really, I love just having a visual for where my friends spend their days.

Even better than seeing their place, though? Meeting their family.

It’s context at its best, and usually makes all sorts of things click into place about someone. Everything from seeing resemblances in a mother and daughter’s eyes, to realizing that he picked up that funny catchphrase from his dad, and of course, to hopefully hearing (my favorite!) all sorts of family stories galore. Our families certainly don’t define us, but they sure are a big part of the stories of our lives.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the homes and even meeting the families of countless friends over the years. But a few months ago I had the fun privilege of actually getting to visit the home and meet the family behind my favorite Italian food brand — DeLallo. I have already been head over heels over their products for years. But oh man, getting to spend a few days cozied up in their guesthouse in Pittsburgh, meeting the family, spending time with their rockstar team and some of my favorite blogging friends, and cooking up and enjoying some of the best homemade Italian food ever?!? It’s official. I love them even more.

So to harken back to my trip full of Italian comfort food, I’m sharing this amazing (and amazingly easy) 7-ingredient creamy gnocchi soup today. I realized it’s a very close riff to the popular Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden. But this version is made easy with delicious gnocchi, ready to go in less than 30 minutes, and is molto delizioso!

But before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share just a few photos with you from my trip…

DeLallo Trip 2014 |

I know. You were expecting Florence, right?!

Well, without a doubt, all of DeLallo’s products harken from the delicious tastes of Italy. But the company actually is headquartered in Pittsburgh, which is where a group of us gathered last month. This was actually my first time in the city, and I had heard rumors of its best-kept-secret-ness from friends. And as it turns out, it’s totally true. I really loved the city.

This is probably, in part, due to the amazing tour we received the first day. Upon arrival, we spent a few fun hours in the Andy Warhol Museum (the balloon room is a must). Then had an epic dinner at Butcher and the Rye (literally everything we tried was amazing). And we walked across one of their many beautiful bridges to spend the evening at a Pirates game (which was a blast, although shhh, don’t tell my Royals).

Then went “home” to the literal DeLallo family cottage, which is nestled in the woods near the DeLallo store and has been added onto to become the most incredible guesthouse for visitors (complete with the most incredible kitchen). They even gave us all slippers to make us feel right at home, which I happen to still be wearing as I’m typing out this post. :)

DeLallo Trip 2014 | gimmesomeoven.comThe next morning, we took a cool walk through the woods to visit the DeLallo store, which I actually did not know even existed until a year or so ago. Yes, we all get to enjoy DeLallo’s products in our grocery stores. But those lucky Pittsburgh-ans (Pittsburgh-ers?) get to go shopping in the gourmet food store which is the home base and creative force behind much of the DeLallo brands.

Let’s just say that if I could fly up there each week to do my grocery shopping, I would. This store was an absolute food lover’s paradise.  And I would also say that it’s a food stylist’s paradise, as everything from the largest wheel of cheese to the smallest lemon was absolutely beautiful, and would inspire just about anyone to cook with fresh and healthy ingredients.

Anthony DeLallo, the grandson of the founder, took us on a tour of the store so that we could hear the stories behind so many of the products. And let me tell you, this guy knows his food. We learned everything about the differences between male and female eggplant, to the true meaning of extra-virgin olive oil, to the history behind the yeast that was carried over from Europe to make DeLallo’s famous bread (fascinating), to all sorts of answers to the hundred little questions we had. It was inspiring to see his pride in the family brand, as well as catch a glimpse of the knowledge and family history that have gone into making such high-quality products.

DeLallo Trip 2014 |

Pasta-ing with Jessica, from How Sweet Eats

Afterwards, we came back to the cottage and snuggled up in our slippers and padded down to the kitchen to do what I love best — cooking with friends. Even better? Cooking Italian food with friends.

Our DeLallo friend, Giulianna (there in the background with the dark blue shirt) gave us a lesson in how to make homemade pasta…

DeLallo Trip 2014 |

…and then we turned it into homemade mushroom ravioli, and then covered it in a sage butter sauce. Which, yes, was just as heavenly as it sounds. :)

We also relaxed out in the sunshine in the back deck, where they recorded this fun little video of our group…

And then we spent the rest of the day just soaking up one another’s company, hanging out in the kitchen around the table, trading stories, snacking on even more good food (I could live on DeLallo’s spicy sausage, by the way), and just generally appreciating the gift of sharing good days together. It was a reminder to me of the power of good food to bring people together, which is why I learned how to cook in the first place, and I’m so grateful to DeLallo for being such an inspiration and a resource to do just that — both across the country in Pittsburgh, and right in my own kitchen.

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

So speaking of my own kitchen, let’s get to this soup recipe that I made to share with you today!

As I noted in the title, this one calls for a whopping 7 ingredients: chicken stock, fresh kale, gnocchi, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, onion, and heavy cream. (Or if you want to lighten it up a bit, you can use chicken Italian sausage and evaporated milk.)

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

Just brown up the sausage and onion in a large stockpot or (affiliate linkDutch oven, stir in the roasted reds and chicken stock, bring it all to a simmer, and then add in the chopped kale and gnocchi and heavy cream at the end. So simple, and ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

The Italian sausage definitely provides the bulk of the seasoning in this recipe, so I highly recommend going with hot Italian sausage, even if you’re usually a mild person. The flavor gets dispersed over multiple servings in the soup, and the extra kick is subtle but needed.

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

And as I also mentioned above, I used DeLallo’s potato gnocchi in this recipe instead of the sliced potatoes that are often used in Zuppa Toscana. They save you the step of having to wash and slice up potatoes, plus the only take a few minutes to cook and are wonderfully chewy and delicious.

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

It’s comfort food at its best, and absolutely perfect for sharing with friends and family to create your own memories around the table. I hope you love it as much as I do. :)

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

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7-Ingredient Zuppa Toscana (Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Sausage and Kale)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


If you love this classic restaurant-style soup, you’ll love the easy homemade version made with gnocchi, sausage and kale! Ready to go in less than 30 minutes.


  • 1 pound ground hot* Italian sausage
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar DeLallo roasted red peppers, drained and diced
  • 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped (and stems removed, if desired)
  • 1 pound DeLallo potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • optional toppings: freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon


  1. Add Italian sausage and diced onion to the large stockpot or Dutch oven.  Cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely browned, stirring occasionally and breaking up the sausage with a spoon.  Drain out as much of the excess grease as possible.
  2. Then add in the chicken stock and diced roasted red peppers, and bring the mixture to a simmer (still over medium-high heat).  Once it reaches a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and add the kale and gnocchi and stir to combine.  Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the gnocchi are cooked through and tender.  Stir in the heavy cream.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  (I used about 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.)
  3. Serve warm with desired toppings.
  4. You can also refrigerate this in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


*I highly recommend using “hot” Italian sausage for this recipe.  With so few ingredients, the sausage is actually the ingredient that provides most of the seasoning for this soup.  And much of the heat will be dispersed over the multiple servings.  So unless you’re really averse to spicy food, take the chance and go hot with this one!

(And if you can’t find hot Italian sausage, you can also add in some crushed red chili flakes instead.)

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden |

This is a sponsored post in partnership with DeLallo Foods and also includes affiliate links. I have been creating Italian recipe with their delicious products to share with you this year, but all opinions are my own as always. Thanks for supporting them and the brands which help make this site possible. And big thanks to DeLallo for inviting us to stay in their home and meet the family. :)

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198 comments on “7-Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana (Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Kale and Sausage)”

  1. looks so delicious! Ive included this fab soup in my roundup of global winter soups. :)

  2. Fantastic soup! I feel like a true pro when I make this for others!!! Quick question, how would I convert this recipe to the Instant Pot??

  3. Tasted great and super easy. Couldn’t find hot sausage so I added a shake of red pepper as suggested and it was perfect.

  4. I am obsessed with this soup! Its so easy to make and delicious. Kids love it too!!!

  5. Can you freeze the leftovers?

  6. Do you have the nutritional information for this recipe?

  7. This was sooo good and super easy!! Family loved it…..Thanks for posting!

  8. We’ve make this recipe often- it’s definitely in our top five favorite soups list! We sub vegetarian Italian sausage and veggie broth to make it veggie friendly, and it comes out amazing every time!! If you use the vegetarian sausage, I definitely recommend roughly chopping it before hand, because it’s near impossible to do with a spoon in the pan :) Thank you for such a fantastic, simple recipe!

  9. Delicious and easy to make! You can substitute and change up meats and such to (I have used regular susage and turkey burger also). I will eventually have to try substituting the gnocchi for cauliflower sometime ?? it’s getting close to fall in exciting for eating soup again.

  10. I’ve been using this recipe for years at this point. It is so delicious and comforting. You must try it. Thank you Ali!

    • This is a family favorite and a great soup for company. Total crowd pleaser. I don’t change anything.

  11. I used ground turkey instead of sausage for a leaner meat and used my own seasoning(cayenne, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper). This soup is so good and so easy! Minimal clean up! Will make it again :)

  12. I made this Dairy free with coconut milk instead of heavy cream and it was just as delicious as the original (I had previously made it with cream)! Love this easy soup recipe.

  13. I’ve made this soup a few times for the past few years. Always delish! I sometimes put spinach instead of kale and add a few extra veggies. A great “meal” soup!

    • I loved your post and I want to try this soup. I’m currently making your tortellini sausage soup. I have made so many of your recipes and they always turn out so good. I also go shopping at Delallos probably twice a month since it’s 10 minutes from my house. They have the best produce around. Don’t even get me started on the olive bar!!! Keep up the great recipes.

  14. I’ve made this soup several times and everyone always raves about it! The broth is the best. And I love that it’s only 7 ingredients , super easy to throw together on a weeknight. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  15. I have been making this soup for over a year and love it. We have recently started doing more low carb and make it with cauliflower in place of the gnocchi. Still really good!

  16. Really enjoyed it!

  17. Great flavor…easy to make… family favorite ?

  18. I accidentally bought spicy Italian sausage. Can I use it or should I go get hot?

  19. Best soup ever. That’s all and I make lots of soup. Only change is adding extra broth. Everyone I’ve made it for raves about it. Simple and delicious.

  20. I made this delicious looking recipe with Morning Star Farms Chorizo Crumbles (vegan) and some hot pepper flakes for spice. The perfect vegetarian substitute for a delicious recipe.

  21. Simple to make and has great flavor. A definite keeper.

  22. This is my favourite soup recipe. Thank you!!

  23. It looks like a great recipe, but I’m one of those “hot” averse people. Oral cancer and radiation left me totally unable to accept spicy foods. I don’t even use black pepper anymore. Heat is something that each person can add tableside but not something that can be removed. I also have chewing and swallowing issues so depend on creamy foods. Sadly, my taste buds also died, so I can’t taste anything, but I have to eat. I’ve lost about half my body weight and been told not to lose anymore. So even though I mainly cook for my family, if it’s something I can actually swallow, I have to flavor it so it doesn’t burn my mouth – – which the radiologist told me would always now react as new skin. Don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t. I got to live afterall (Many don’t!), and that’s no small thing.

  24. Excellent! This had some heat, & is very flavorful. Not many many ingredients, simple. Definitely a keeper. Next time for fun, will cut hot sausage in half, add 1/2# raw sm shrimp, & 1/2 cup kernel sweet corn…cant wait!

  25. This is my new favorite meal to make! Absolutely delicious and super easy to make!

  26. Omg so delicious! I modified to make this more vegan and gluten free by using light life Italian sausage , vegan unsweetened creamer And gluten free gnocchi. It is soooo good!!! Could you suggest how I could use plain potatoes instead of the gnocchi? Would I add them at the tome I would add gnocchi? All of the recipes I have tried form your blog are truly delicious and easy to make. Thank you so much!!

  27. I’ve made this soup for the past 2 years and it is one of our family favorites that gets requested a lot. Thank you for the recipe! This soup is delicious!!!

  28. made this last night for a large family halloween party – it was a hit! Two of my sisters in law wanted the recipe immediately. thanks for making me look so good! :)

  29. Eating this right now as I type! Its so tasty and satisfying yet doesn’t feel unhealthy. This is going to be added to my dinner rotations for sure!

  30. Great recipe. Daughter said it was equivalent to Restaurant zuppa toscana. Only , I didnt have Italian sausage so I made do with Turkey and added lots of Italian seasoning. Used red peppers on serving as others didnt want “spicy” taste. Willdo again with spicy Italian sausage.

  31. Would you give us the nutrition info for this? Im counting carbs .

    • I love this soup! I am not a huge fan of potatoes in my soup so this is perfect for me! I am trying it tonight again but with spinach. Hopefully it turns out!

  32. I love this! I am not a huge fan of actual potatoes in soup and this is perfect with the gnocchi!

  33. This is such an amazing flavorful soup! My family was shocked how simple it was and everyone really enjoyed it.

  34. This is now our “go to” recipe for soup! Originally made it for Christmas Eve – the doubled recipe fed 12 (some went for seconds) and even allowed a little leftover at the end. It was so popular, I was asked to make it for New Year’s Eve and again tonight (Jan. 10). You’d think we’d be tired of it by now, but it’s so so tasty and warm during the winter! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  35. I made this and absolutely loved it!! What is the nutritional info for this recipe?

  36. This is my go-to comfort/ easy dinner/ delicious snack/ impress someone kinda recipe. I have used it and passed around to friends for YEARS because it is that good. I thought I’d finally show it the love it deserves by leaving a comment here. It is one of my all-time favorites, and I plan to pass it down to my children

  37. I never rate recipes. We made this subbing milk/butter exchange for cream (as I didn’t have any on hand) and it was amazing! Honestly I can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow. So easy it’s added to our rotation. Thank you!

  38. I never write reviews but this was too easy and too good …I had to share! Absolutely delicious ! I would not change a thing . Easy, hearty, delicious !

  39. I always use your recipe. Everyone loves it. I use Jimmy Dean sausage, because I just always have it on hand. This time I used frozen kale ( long story ) and found I prefer fresh. Thank you so much. This has become a staple in our house hold and a couple others I know.

  40. Do we need the heavy cream…Can we substitute with parmason cheese or other vegan cheese?

  41. This is such a go-to! We come back to this recipe again and again. It is wonderful in its simplicity and so delicious!

  42. Excellent!

  43. This was honestly the best tasting soup I’ve ever made, and I cook constantly! Thank you so much for such an easy and delicious recipe. I am a huge fan of Olive Garden’s Zupa Toscana and this one beats it without a second thought, seriously. I’ll be making this again and again and again, it’s so darn impressive.

  44. I’ve made your recipe dozens of times over the past few years and it always is excellent! Just curious… Would this freeze OK?? I’m asking because of the cream in it…

  45. So good! Especially given how easy it is to put together.
    We used light coconut milk instead of cream and it was still great

  46. Have been making this for years and everyone loves it. I tried some substitutions to make it “skinny” and it was so good I wanted to share. I subbed in hot chicken sausage and cauliflower gnocchi and skipped the cream. No one missed the extra calories. Give it a try! Thank you.

  47. Def a fav in our house. I like that it is open to interpretation and what I have on hand.
    Sometimes potatoes instead of gnocchi. Sometimes spinach instead of kale. Sometimes fire-roasted tomatoes or fresh oven roasted red peppers. Only trouble is I never have any left-overs :)

  48. I made this soup last night and it was AMAZING! I only changed 1 thing and that’s because i didn’t have the sausage. I used Aidells Chicken Sausage fir substitute. The 2nd day flavors was even better!!!! I’m excited to have found a new favorite soup!!!! I wish i knew the nutrition facts though.