Zuppa Toscana Soup with a Cauliflower Twist


Experience the irresistible charm of our Zuppa Toscana Soup, inspired by the beloved Olive Garden classic but with a delightful twist – cauliflower instead of potatoes! This hearty and flavorful soup is a true crowd-pleaser, perfect for warming your soul on chilly days. With Italian sausage, crispy bacon, tender cauliflower, and vibrant kale in a creamy broth, every spoonful is a taste of comfort and satisfaction.


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large head of cauliflower (replacing 5 large potatoes)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish


  1. Preparation: Begin by cooking the Italian sausage in a large pot over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Once cooked, remove the sausage from the pot and set it aside.
  2. Cooking Bacon and Onion: In the same pot, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside. In the bacon grease, sauté the diced onion and minced garlic until softened and fragrant.
  3. Adding Broth and Cauliflower: Pour in the low-sodium chicken broth and water, then add the cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces. If desired, add crushed red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  4. Simmering Soup: Allow the soup to simmer gently until the cauliflower is tender and cooked through, absorbing the flavorful broth.
  5. Incorporating Kale: Once the cauliflower is nearly cooked, add the chopped kale to the pot. The kale will cook quickly, so allow it to wilt and soften in the soup.
  6. Finishing Touch: Stir in the cooked Italian sausage and crispy bacon. Pour in the heavy whipping cream, stirring gently to incorporate. Be sure not to let the soup boil once the cream is added.
  7. Garnishing: Ladle the warm and comforting Zuppa Toscana into bowls. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and chopped green onions for added flavor and freshness.

Enjoy the Cozy Delight:

Indulge in the heartwarming goodness of our Zuppa Toscana Soup, a comforting dish that’s perfect for cozying up on cold winter evenings. With its rich flavors and wholesome ingredients, this soup is sure to become a favorite in your household. Serve it alongside crusty bread or a simple salad for a satisfying meal that’s guaranteed to please everyone at the table. Buon appetito!

Tips for Perfect Zuppa Toscana with a Cauliflower Twist:

  1. Choose Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality Italian sausage and bacon to enhance the flavor of the soup. Fresh, vibrant kale and a head of cauliflower ensure a wholesome and delicious dish.
  2. Adjust Seasoning to Taste: While the recipe includes optional crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your preferences. Taste the soup as it simmers and add more seasoning if desired.
  3. Don’t Overcook the Cauliflower: Keep an eye on the cauliflower as it simmers in the broth. You want it to be tender but not mushy. Test it with a fork for the perfect texture.
  4. Add Cream at the Right Time: Be careful not to let the soup boil once the heavy whipping cream is added. Stir it in gently and heat just until warmed through to prevent curdling.
  5. Garnish with Freshness: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and chopped green onions over each serving of soup just before serving. These garnishes add a burst of flavor and freshness to the dish.
  6. Make it Ahead: Zuppa Toscana soup reheats beautifully, making it an excellent option for meal prep. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze individual portions for longer storage.
  7. Serve with Accompaniments: Consider serving the soup with crusty bread, garlic breadsticks, or a simple side salad for a complete and satisfying meal. The bread is perfect for dipping into the creamy broth.
  8. Experiment with Variations: Feel free to customize the soup to suit your taste preferences. You can add other vegetables like diced carrots or sliced mushrooms, or even swap the kale for spinach for a different flavor profile.
  9. Double the Batch: This soup is so delicious that you may want to make a double batch to enjoy throughout the week. Simply adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and follow the same cooking process.
  10. Share the Joy: Spread the warmth and comfort of this delightful soup by sharing the recipe with friends and family. It’s sure to become a beloved favorite in any household.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to create a bowl of Zuppa Toscana soup that’s bursting with flavor and goodness. Enjoy every spoonful of this cozy delight! Buon appetito!