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

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

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

…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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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.  :)

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

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

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.)

Serve warm with desired toppings.

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.)

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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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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

  1. What’s not to love?! This looks perfect.  

  2. DeLallo is my favorite. They have the best ingredients and quality! Cut video too, you guys look like you had a great time!!

    Oh and the soup sounds so warm and cozy!

  3. DeLallo is great! And this soup looks fantastic!! I don’t know what I’m more jealous of  – hanging out with DeLallo, making homemade pasta or that you got to eat this soup! 

  4. I did not know that DeLallo is a family-owned brand! All the more reason to love their delicious products. That video is so cute, you would be mac and cheese! :)

  5. This soup looks so easy and tasty! I’ve never had one like this and I am excited to try something new. Your trip looked super fun! :)

  6. I love Zuppa! What a great use of gnocchi in this soup. So good! 

  7. Looks delicious! And it is Pittsburghers. :)

  8. Yum! this is the perfect comfort food for our stormy weather!

  9. At first, I felt sort of negative towards the way this recipe looked but then I started reading the ingredients associated to it and now I’ve pulled a 180! Looks delicious. Ahh, I can’t wait to try.

    P.S. I keep hearing these great things about Pittsburgh and I really want to go one day!

  10. I am loving all of your soup recipes lately. It is all I want to eat. Pinning!!

  11. This soup looks amazing and looks like you had an amazing time!

  12. I haven’t been to an Olive Garden in forever, but I’d always get the Zuppa Toscana! Can’t wait to make your recreation at home! :)

  13. Um, thank you for solving my dinner dilema! And I love DeLallo! P.S. So good to see you last week!! 

  14. That video!!! You ladies are so adorable!! Also, isn’t Pittsburgh the cutest town? I love the rivers and bridges. Had no idea there was a DeLallo store!! Cheese and olives for life.

  15. Oh man! It looks like you guys had SO much fun! I absolutely love DeLallo and this Zuppa looks so good! If only I hadn’t just eaten dinner.
    There’s always breakfast tomorrow ;) Pinned!

  16. This is gorgeous! 

  17. My friend is famous! She’s in a video! That’s my friend, I know her!! Lovely recipe. John is swooning via Instagram :D

  18. Definitely adding to my must make ASAP list – sounds amazing!

  19. This soup looks amazing, just like your DeLallo trip!!

  20. This looks way too yummy for only 7 ingredients! Pinned to try as an easy fall supper some night soon!

  21. Oh man, i think i need to make this soon! it looks so good and so easy :) adding it to my menu…

  22. A great looking soup and you guys are true blue video stars! You truly only need 7 ingredients when they’re tasty DeLallo products. 

  23. Thank you! I was just wondering what to make with the gnocchi in my pantry. I do have a question. Could I substitute the kale for spinach? My husband has an aversion to kale!

  24. I can not wait to try this. Thank you

  25. Yum! I made this last night and it was delicious and came together in a snap. I was glad to see my go-to grocery store had the DeLallo brand of both peppers and the gnocchi– holy smokes were those little guys tasty! 
    Great recipe– I’m new to your blog, but looking forward to checking out more great ideas here.
    Thanks!

    Lindsay N.

  26. Made this the other night.  Was so quick and easy.  Delicious too.  Thanks! 

  27. this is so insanely good. I couldn’t find deLallo but I happened upon miniature gnocchis which worked great for a soup! Great work AE

  28. I made this recipe last night and it was SO good. The hot Italian sausage really flavors the soup and the gnocchi are surprising little pillows of deliciousness!!

  29. love the recipe…….could it be cooked in a crock pot and would I need to alter anything???? Thanksx

    • This would work well in a crock pot! I would just brown the sausage beforehand and add the kale right at the end a few minutes before serving. Best wishes!

  30. This was amazing! I’ve used a copycat recipe over the years, but hate having to do all of the mandolin slicing. Using the gnoccci is GENIUS. I lightened  it up a bit with turkey Italian sausage and half and half instead of cream, and you’d never know the difference. Thanks! 

  31. my grandma lives around the corner from delallo’s and visiting jeannette/greensburg always included stopping here. without even knowing, they are such a part of my family. love their products, love their store!!

  32. Made this for the first time last night. Even though I was unfamiliar with the recipe, it came together in under 30 minutes and was absolutely delicious! I lightened it up with Italian Turkey Sausage and fat free half and half, added some extra kale and chicken stock, and a little less gnocchi. I’m only cooking for one but love leftovers and think I will get eight 1.5 cup servings out of my version, which is about 270 calories per bowl, plus a little parm on top. Easy, hearty, healthy weeknight meal. Thanks so much, Ali!

  33. OH my gosh, this was so good. I didn’t change a thing (except bought different brands – unfortunately I can’t find DeLallo products in Utah). It was so simple and SO flavorful exactly as written! Definitely making this again – thanks for the amazing recipe!

  34. Really enjoyed this soup, we changed things up a bit due to living in a small town and not always having special ingredients. We added fresh red peppers, carrots and celery (just cuz we had them in the house) also I added a little garlic to the meat and onion step. So yummy! 

  35. I make this all the time now it’s my new favorite soup, perfect blend of flavors.  I leave out the cream for the sake of being dairy-free though 

  36. I’m super sick and i had a pack of gnocchi kicking around so i made this…added a few things like carrots, garlic, italian parsley, and the rind of some sovrano cheese just because it was in my fridge…delicious!! thank you so much!! Really kicked my cold in the face!

  37. Thank you so much for this recipe. From the mouth of my EXTREMELY picky husband “This was THE BEST thing you’ve ever cooked. Make this every week”. He never likes my cooking. I added the rest of the heavy cream from my container b/c i didn’t want to waste it. I tasted it before and after and the taste was the same so i feel comfortable saying that I didn’t change a thing. From start to finish, this took me 20 minutes to make. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  38. Just found your blog today and was surprised to find the story of your visit to Delallo. We lived just a few miles away from the store for 5 years and took advantage as much as possible. Now we are in NW PA and my last stop was just after Christmas, on my way to my brother’s party (he lives in the area), even though I could have taken a more direct route. It’s worth the gas and extra time just for their Talonica bread!

  39. The recipe looks yummy, I cannot wait to try it. And the trip sounds like heaven! That store is now on my bucket list of places I want to visit!

  40. This was great! Thank you for the easy recipe.

  41. Made this last night for my mom’s bday dinner. It was gone before I had the chance to share a pic! So yummy! 

  42. This looks delicious, love cooking with medium spicy Italian sausage.  I wonder if I can switch out the cream for coconut milk? 

  43. I made this with spinach and both my husband and I were blown away. He is not a “soup guy” but he loved this! Plus, I loved that we got 2+ meals out of this!

  44. Made this the other night with chicken sausage (one package hot italian and one package sun-dries tomato and basil) and spinach instead of kale, was a huge hit! Served it with a rosemary sourdough.  Great recipes :).

  45. Ali-this soup is fabulous! This is a great alternative to the chicken tortilla soup I’ve been making for weeks now since it has been so cold here in Detroit. In fact, this is my absolute new favorite! I did use low fat half and half instead of the heavy cream, and mini gnocchi since that’s what I had on hand. I don’t think these changes affected the texture at all. The hot Italian sausage provided the perfect amount of heat. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  46. This is one of my favorite soups!

  47. So I made this, with a ton of additions but it is delicious! Added in squash and zucchini, used kielbasa instead of Italian sausage because that is what I had. Beef stock instead of chicken. Delicious.

  48. I use DeLallo quite often, but I don’t think I’ve tried their gnocchi yet. My husband loves it, so I might have to try the soup real soon.

  49. Absolutely amazing soup! I did add some garlic because I love it- and it is Italian soup, so figured it must have garlic! I am allergic to gluten and dairy, so I substituted unsweetened, plain almond milk for the cream, and it worked out just fine. I am SOOOO excited to have been introduced to DELALLO GLUTEN FREE GNOCCHI! My next adventure will be to use it as dumplings in my chicken and dumplings! Since having to go gluten-free, chicken and dumplings has remained an elusive dish for me. One of my favorites before, attempts to make gluten free dumplings have failed miserably! Heavy, gluey dumplings…blech! But the DELALLO Gnocchi was so light, it was dreamy. Thank you so much for your delicious recipes. I found you on Pinterest and I have made 2 of your dishes already (the other was PF Chang’s style lettuce wraps- yummm!) Can’t wait to try the rest!