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.

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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. Can this soup be frozen?

  2. I made this tonight for dinner. My daughter and I enjoyed this (that says a lot since my dd is picky). Perfect for a snowy night like tonight. I picked up turkey sausage at the market by accident, so I just seasoned it well while cooking. I will defiantly make this again.

  3. This recipe looks perfect for my husband favorite soup… Will have to def try since you made it so simple… Plus adding gnocchi is a plus, we discovered these little treasures when on vacation in Ca and loved them ever since… I would like to know where you purchased your beautiful silverware.. It so modern and reminds me of the ones my mother had years ago.. I recently purchased some but love yours a lot more. Thanks for the recipe! 

  4. Thank you the soup is fabulous, I made this recipe yesterday with topping grated Parmesan cheese

  5. Made this last night. Super good! I actually like it much better than Olive Gardens! Not a fan of the potatoes in their soup. But Gnocchi fits perfectly with this soup! So delicious! Simple to make. Yum! 

  6. So delicious!  I made this tonight so easy & so tasty! 

  7. Found this on Pinterest and I’m so glad I did, this is a new favorite recipe! It is absolutely delicious and my husband and I “taste tested” it before serving it and decided it didn’t even need the cream, it was fantastic as is. Next time though, I’ll add it to stay true to the recipe. I did put in 2 cloves of garlic, just because I love garlic. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. I made this soup several times last winter and I am looking forward to some cooler weather to make it again this year. It is so delicious, easy to make, and convenient to have on hand for lunches. My husband and I both love it. Thanks for the great recipe. 

  9. what would you recommend to replace the red (bell) peppers if you can’t eat them?

  10. Made this soup and absolutely loved it!! Thanks for such a tasty recipe!?

  11. This is delicious and so simple! Will definitely be on our regular rotation for cold weather dinners. Thanks!

  12. So easy and comforting! Move over tortellini, gnocchi is my new best friend. Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. One of the absolutely best soups my hubs and I have ever had!! I never review recipes and many times I am disappointed even after reading rave reviews. So thank you! I didn’t have spicy sausage so I added red pepper flakes and it was perfect. Definitely a keeper! ?

    • Thank you so much Vicki, what a nice compliment! We’re glad you and your husband enjoy this so much! :)

  14. I make this and small bits of cauliflower, delicious.

    • We’re so glad you liked it Bobbie, and that cauliflower sounds like a yummy addition!

  15. Made this tonight. Yum!!

  16. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I substituted spinach for the kale because that’s what I had on hand. My husband, two 8-year-olds and 4-year-old all gobbled it up. I will definitely be making it again. Thank you for the recipe! 

  17. Where can I find the gnocchi in the grocery store??

    • Hi Cherry, you should be able to find it in the dried pasta aisle, as well as in the refrigerated pasta section and/or the frozen foods section. We hope this helps!

  18. Can I use frozen gnocchi? How should I adjust cooking time? 

    • Hi Amanda! We haven’t tried this with frozen gnocchi, but we think you could probably still add the gnocchi in the last five minutes of cooking. We hope you enjoy!

  19. This is a new favorite with our family! After a long day out, the kids were hungry so I made this. I substituted with chicken tortellini and smoked beef sausage. I was mistaken when I thought we’d have left overs :) Thank you!!!!

    • You’re welcome Renee, we’re glad you and your family are fans, thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  20. loved reading  your story. first i just glanced the pics and thought this looks like DeLallos, sure enough it is. yes i’m lucky enough to shop at the store often.now i cant wait to stop out and pick up everything i need for this soup. thank you for sharing.

  21. Can you please post the nutrition facts for this recipe? It would much appreciated!

    Thanks!

    • Hi Kara! Unfortunately we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently aren’t publishing nutrition facts on the site, because the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  22. Love love love this recipe. Super easy and delicious. Left out the red peppers today and used 2% milk. (Didn’t feel like running to the store and I had kale in the freezer) still delicious. 
    Thanks so much. It’s one of regulars! 
    I’ve got some whole wheat gnocchi I’m trying next time. 

  23. Love this soup!!! I only thing I switched up was Russet Potatoes instead of Gnocchi :) 

  24. This soup is amazing! I’m very lactose intolerant and I usually leave out cream. I tried substituing the cream with Goya full fat coconut milk, and it was delicious. It tastes cheesy.

    • Thanks Jules! We’re so happy you enjoyed it and that you were able to use coconut milk – yum! :)

  25. this soup makes my family go crazy! We loooove it SO much! So easy, so tasty, our favorite soup right now. Thank you for sharing!!

  26. Could fat free half and half be substituted for the heavy cream? Also, I have a huge container of fresh spinach at home, could I use that instead of kale? 
    Thanks! 

    • Yes, we think that would definitely work fine! And we think spinach will also work great (you just don’t need to add it until the very end). We hope you enjoy! :)

  27. Thank you for this recipe ! It was delicious! Me and my family like it, and is in our house recipes now. Super easy to make 

  28. I made this tonight and it is delicious.  I used Delallo mini gnocchi, low sodium chicken broth, and baby kale.  Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  29. I made this for the Third Time tonight. I absolutely love it. I brought left overs to work last time and had many people ask for the recipe. This time I used mild Italian sausage, vegetable stock and evaporated milk. It was sublime!!!! No additional salt or pepper needed. To respond to Chris (below), I wouldn’t recommend freezing soup with the gnocchi in it. I find it gets sticky and mushy the second time it is heated. Instead, freeze the broth (with meat and veg) and just boil up some gnocchi and add it to the next batch when you are ready.   Five star recipe for sure!!!!!

  30. I made this last night with some packaged gluten free gnocchi, and with a cream cheese / yogurt blend instead of cream (didn’t have any cream in the fridge). It was amazing and even my picky husband loved it.  Very filling.  Super impressed with this seemingly-simple recipe!!!!

  31. I make this often. So quick. So easy. So delicious. My family loved it! Thanks for sharing

  32. This is quite possibly the most delicious soup I have ever made in my entire life… I still cannot get over how it has only 7 ingredients but is just so incredibly tasty! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  33. This soup is one of my favs but I’ve recently had to go dairy free and I was wondering if anyone had made this with coconut milk:?would that be so weird?? It’s hard going dairy free! :)

    • Sure, you’re welcome to give it a try with unsweetened coconut milk! It’ll be a little different, but probably still very good! :)

  34. This was delicious! And so easy! Is it freezable? We have quite a bit leftover and there are onky two of us.

  35. We visited a friend recently and she made this soup. My husband and I really liked it so I decided to make it after we got home. There were a few of things I changed. First, I doubled the onions and the broth because we wanted left overs. I did not add the cream and did not miss it. I did not like the texture of the gnocchi so I used four red potatoes, peeled and chopped into gnocchi sized pieces. I also added some peas just because I love peas. Finally, I used both kale and some baby spinach I left over. We topped it with parmesan and the soup was hearty and delicious. I will definitely make it again.

    • Thanks for sharing your take on this (we bet the kale and spinach were yummy)! We’re glad you and your husband enjoyed it!

  36. What would you consider 1 “bunch” of kale? The way that it is bunched at the grocery store seems like a lot of kale for the amount of soup. Thanks!

    • Hi Kristen! The kale will definitely cook down a lot, so always use more than you think you’d need, but you’re right, an entire bunch of kale (like you see sold in the store) would be too much. We’d suggest eyeballing it (depending on how much kale you want). You might use about half of that bunch. We hope you enjoy!

  37. I dont understand. How do you bring to a simmer over medium high heat?? Do you mean bring to a boil?

    • Hi Meredith! No, we never actually let this come to a boil. Medium-high heat is all you should need to bring it to a simmer. We hope you enjoy the soup!

  38. This looks amazing! Any suggestions on replacing the cream for something non-dairy?

    • Thanks, Holley! For a non-dairy alternative, you could try plain (unsweetened) almond or soy milk in this. We hope you enjoy!

  39. Made this today on a rainy winter Saturday afternoon……..hearty and delicious.   I crumbled field roast vegan Italian sausage instead of meat and didn’t have roasted peppers so used roasted tomatoes packed in oil (drained & chopped).   Also didnt have any kale left so substituted spinach and chopped arugula.     Even with substitutions this was easy, delicious and with the limited ingredients a quick go to for those with hectic schedules.   Some fresh arugula on top with really good parmesan….heaven.   Thanks so much for sharing great ideas that make life so much more interesting.    

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Kristine — we’re so happy you enjoyed it and we think your substitutions sound great! :)

  40. I love gnocchi, so had to dig in when I saw this recipe, love the sausage and heavy cream too, nice winter dish, kale is a nice touch too, just what I was looking for, thank you for this recipe!

  41. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this soup! My daughter introduced me to it over a year ago and I’ve passed the recipe on to others. Soooo good! Thank you! Made a triple batch for a volunteer thank you luncheon and tomorrow will make it for a priest’s farewell from our parish. I’m not a fan of red peppers, so I just omit them. I also add Italian seasoning or Mrs. Dash – whatever I have on hand.

  42. Do you think it would taste okay if I replaced the roasted red pepper with cherry tomatoes?

    • Hi Allie! We haven’t tried that before but we think that would still be yummy! :)

  43. Love love love this recipe. I have made it at least 50x since I first found it on Pinterest a few years back. Through the years I have altered it slightly to make it my own. I am not a huge fan of sausage so I cut the sausage amount in half (1/2 lbs.) which gives just enough sausage for me to handle but still plenty of flavor from the ‘hot italian’ spices. I am also not a huge fan of the gnocchi so I just add more kale because I love kale and to give it more bulk that usually is from the gnocchi. I enjoy this version a lot better than the Olive Garden version. :O

    • Thank you so much for sharing, Stefanie! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoy this! :)

  44. Made this last night, doubled the broth, subbed heavy cream for skim milk, and also used turkey Italian sausage to make it healthier. Used mini gnochhi. It was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5