Keto Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)

Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 16 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (if desired for extra flavor)
  • 3 cups kale or Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

1

In a soup pot on the stove, crumble and brown sausage over medium-high heat.

2

Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent in color. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

3

Reduce heat to medium and add cauliflower florets, broth, and water. Stir and add bouillon, if desired.

4

Cook on medium heat until cauliflower is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

5

Reduce heat to low and sprinkle in chopped kale. Pour in cream and stir well. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: 408 Calories | 35.4g Fat | 9g Total Carbs | 2.8g Fiber | 2.8g Sugar | 15g Protein | 6.2g Net Carbs

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You have to try this keto and low-carb Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup!

keto zuppa toscana soup - olive garden copycat recipe

Are you a fan of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup?

Zuppa Toscana has been a long-time menu favorite at Olive Garden. The restaurant version features a creamy broth made with spicy Italian sausage, fresh kale, and russet potatoes. Sadly, those potatoes make this soup off-limits for anyone eating keto. Just one bowl could be enough to potentially knock you out of ketosis!

Luckily, Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana recipe can be easily adapted for a keto diet. It’s a simple matter of swapping out those starchy potatoes for cauliflower.

Today, we’re sharing our low-carb and keto-friendly Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup recipe, and it’s so flavorful, you won’t even miss the carbs – we promise!

pouring broth over cauliflower in slow cooker

Want to try this keto Olive Garden copycat soup recipe in the slow cooker?

It’s totally possible to adapt this recipe for the Crockpot! First, brown the meat with the onions and garlic, then place the meat ingredients inside the slow cooker along with the water, the broth, and the cauliflower. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. Stir in the kale and cream at the very end of your cooking time and serve hot. Easy peasy!

Low-Carb Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Ingredients

Tips for making the best low carb & keto Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • Don’t have cauliflower? Use radishes instead! Trim and cut them in half, and you should have similar results.
  • You can freeze this, but, since it’s cream-based, it may separate a bit. Consider using a hand blender or whisk when reheating to resolve this.
  • If you don’t like pork, feel free to sub this with turkey sausage. Or even add bacon for an extra salty and savory kick!

Low-Carb Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

keto Zuppa Toscana on stovetop


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Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Delicious and creamy low carb Zuppa Toscana soup with hearty florets of cauliflower in place of starchy potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 16 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (if desired for extra flavor)
  • 3 cups kale or Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

1

In a soup pot on the stove, crumble and brown sausage over medium-high heat.

2

Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent in color. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

3

Reduce heat to medium and add cauliflower florets, broth, and water. Stir and add bouillon, if desired.

4

Cook on medium heat until cauliflower is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

5

Reduce heat to low and sprinkle in chopped kale. Pour in cream and stir well. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: 408 Calories | 35.4g Fat | 9g Total Carbs | 2.8g Fiber | 2.8g Sugar | 15g Protein | 6.2g Net Carbs

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

spoonful of keto Zuppa Toscana

This keto soup is AMAZING!

Don’t you just love a hearty, satisfying soup served on a cozy night in? Zuppa Toscana has long been my favorite dish at Olive Garden, and I love that I can easily throw together a homemade, low-carb version at home. This recipe tastes so similar, maybe even better!

If you’re looking for a keto-friendly dinner idea that your non-keto family members will enjoy too, this soup will not disappoint.

My family truly loved this meal. In fact, my husband said that he liked the cauliflower more than the potatoes, and my kids actually ate the cauliflower without complaining! The leftovers are great the following day as well.

keto zuppa toscana soup

My Hip Sidekick Eden tried this keto Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup, and here’s what she had to say:

“In trying to resist the urge to order takeout, I knew I needed to make something yummy and easy. My team members have raved about this soup, so I knew it was the next Hip recipe to try! I love heat, so I used a mix of mild sausage and hot Italian sausage. The result was a spicy but creamy base that paired so well with the fresh kale and cauliflower. Using fresh vegetables gave them the perfect texture — no mushy veggies in this soup!

The highlight of this soup is how full I felt after eating it! I didn’t feel bloated and gross like you do with fast food, and I was proud I made something healthy. AND, I doubled the recipe so I’ll have extra leftovers. That means no excuses to waste money on food delivery! 🙌”


Enjoy the taste of Italy with this yummy keto lasagna!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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  1. Lisa Basham

    This soup is so delicious! I didn’t have cauliflower so I added radishes instead- I trimmed them and cut them in half. They came out tasting just like potatoes. Delicious!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Laura Perez

    Can this be frozen?

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Laura! Since it’s cream based it could separate a little. But you could try using a hand blender or whisk when warming up.

  3. SpaChica

    I made this today for lunch. It was so good we ate it for dinner too! Perfect 6 servings, enough to feed the three of us & felt full. For dinner I topped it with chicharrones. So good 😋

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi there! Wow, I would have never thought of topping it with pork rinds! That sounds fabulous. So glad that you enjoyed this recipe❤

  4. Michelle

    Or approx 2 cups chicken broth, 4 cups water, 1 cup cream for those who don’t want to Google it to make it all the same units.

  5. Shirley Yeo

    Excellent! 🙂 Since we prefer not to eat pork I used organic ground turkey from Costco and used a recipe to turn it into a “flavorful sausage” with great spices. Topped soup with grated old cheddar cheese! Winner! 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Subbing with your own turkey sausage is a fab idea! So glad it turned out so well, Shirley Yeo!

  6. Sarah

    This was so unbelievably tasty. I used Better than Bouillon and spinach instead of kale, and cooked it in a slow cooker about 7.5 hours. The broth was a little thin, but the flavor was amazing! I’m currently enjoying leftovers for lunch, and I cant wait to make it again!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YAY!!! That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Debbie

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve made this before and love it. Even my picky husband who is not even sure what kale is also likes it. I think its better with cauliflower than the regular version with potatoes. 👍👍

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so happy to hear this! I love this one even better than the original, too! Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

  8. Alan

    You forgot to add the bacon.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yummy idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. ElizabethKitch

    This was so good!!! If this was served to me I would never guess it was cauliflower. Flavor was spot on!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad to hear that! I love this recipe, too! Thanks for commenting!🥰

  10. Sandy Harper

    I love this recipe! Instead of using chunks of cauliflower I made rice out of my cauliflower. Just delicious.
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe…💕

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I am so happy to hear how much you liked this! I love the idea of using cauliflower rice! THANK YOU!

  11. Irene

    I too missed the bacon, but topped off with a dollop of Pesto for more flavor.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s a great way to top it off, Irene! 😍

  12. Susana

    We’re a dairy-free family! Suggestions?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! You could try a can of full-fat coconut milk. Let us know how it turns out if you decide to try it! 🥰

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