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Easy Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana

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This easy Zuppa Toscana recipe, inspired by the Olive Garden version, uses store-bought gnocchi as a shortcut to bring this creamy sausage and kale soup together in just 30 minutes.

Easy Zuppa Toscana Soup with Gnocchi

Raise your hand if you grew up loving the Olive Garden’s famous zuppa toscana! Well if you happen to have a nostalgic craving for this cozy soup, but are perhaps a bit pressed for time, here is my shortcut version that I honestly love just as much. ♡

It’s made with store-bought potato gnocchi that only take a few minutes to cook to pillowy perfection, saving us the step of having to dice and boil the traditional pound of potatoes. And when combined with the classic combination of zesty Italian sausage, creamy garlic broth, and loads of fresh kale, this delicious soup tastes as cozy and comforting as ever. Plus it can be ready to go in just 30 minutes using just 7 main ingredients!

Feel free, of course, to customize this recipe by adding in any extra veggies, tomatoes, beans, bacon, or other add-ins that happen to sound good. And if you prefer to make this soup vegetarian, we often make ours nowadays using plant-based Italian sausage (either sliced or ground) which works just as well. I recommend serving it with a simple arugula salad and maybe a quick batch of roasted veggies on the side. And especially on chilly nights, a warm bowl of this zuppa is sure to warm you right up.

Let’s make a quick batch together!

Zuppa Toscana Ingredients

Easy Zuppa Toscana Ingredients

Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few notes about the ingredients you will need for this Olive Garden-inspired zuppa toscana recipe:

  • Italian sausage: This serves as the primary seasoning for this soup, so be sure to choose a good-quality Italian sausage that you love! I’m partial to spicy Italian sausage in this recipe, although you’re welcome to go with sweet or mild Italian sausage if you prefer. And while ground sausage is definitely easiest to work with here, sliced sausage works well too.
  • Gnocchi: We’re going to save time by adding a package of store-bought gnocchi to the soup, which only take a few minutes to cook. If you are making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to look for certified gluten-free gnocchi. (Or if you feel like going the extra mile, you can make my favorite homemade gnocchi.)
  • Onion and garlic: These will serve as our base aromatics for the soup. Feel free to add more garlic if you prefer!
  • Chicken stock: Again, since we are using so few ingredients here, I recommend purchasing whichever good-quality chicken or vegetable stock you love best.
  • Greens: I typically add a few large handfuls of chopped fresh kale to this soup. But baby spinach or collard greens would also be delicious options.
  • Heavy cream: I typically add around 1 cup of cream to this recipe, but feel free to use more or less if you prefer.
  • Salt and pepper: Don’t forget to also season the soup as needed with fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
  • Roasted red peppers (optional): My original version of this recipe also added in a small jar of roasted red peppers, drained and diced. I don’t always keep roasted red peppers stocked in my pantry, and have found this soup to be plenty flavorful without them. But feel free to add in a jar if you’d like!
  • Toppings (optional): And finally, feel free to garnish the soup with any extra toppings that you love best! I often love adding on some freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus perhaps some crumbled bacon or chopped fresh basil if we happen to have them on hand.

Step by step photos showing how to make zuppa toscana

Zuppa Toscana Recipe Variations

Here are a few other recipe variations that you’re welcome to try:

  • Add tomatoes: This soup is also wonderful with some diced tomatoes (I recommend fire-roasted) mixed in.
  • Add veggies: Add in any of your favorite soup-friendly veggies (such as carrots, cauliflower, peas, red bell pepper, zucchini, etc) that you would like.
  • Add beans: Add in a can of Great Northern white beans (rinsed and drained) if you would like to add in some extra protein.
  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based Italian sausage and your preferred plain non-dairy milk or cashew cream in place of the cream.
  • Make it spicier: I love adding spicy Italian sausage to this soup to give it some heat. But feel free to add in some crushed red pepper flakes to kick things up another notch.

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Easy Zuppa Toscana Soup with Gnocchi

Easy Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana

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

Description

This easy Zuppa Toscana recipe, inspired by the Olive Garden version, uses store-bought gnocchi as a shortcut to bring this creamy sausage and kale soup together in just 30 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (I recommend spicy)
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (1-pound) package gnocchi
  • 2 to 3 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • optional toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, crumbled crispy bacon, chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Cook the sausage, onions and garlic. Add the sausage and onions to a large stockpot. Cook for 8-10 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break up the sausage as it cooks, until the sausage is browned and the onion has softened. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Simmer. Add chicken stock and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Add the gnocchi, kale, heavy cream, and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes or until the gnocchi float to the surface of the soup.
  3. Season. Taste and season the soup with salt and black pepper as needed.
  4. Serve. Serve warm, sprinkled with any of your desired toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe edit: This recipe was edited slightly in 2022 to add onions. The original recipe also included 1 small jar of roasted red peppers (drained and diced), which you are welcome to add in with the chicken stock if you would like!

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215 comments on “Easy Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana”

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  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!