Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Comfort Food, just those 2 little words are even comforting! Some days you just NEED a good, fill your belly and soul at the same time kinda food. Good food on “one of those days” is like an insta-fix to my attitude. It is so restoring.

One of my ULTIMATE comfort foods (and I have many) is the Zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden. It is warm and a bit spicy, full of yummy carbs; plus they even give you delicious breadsticks to go alongside it. Another ultimate fave on the comfort food list is pasta. Um, hello! Who does not love pasta?

This Zuppa Toscana Recipe is not a soup but a pasta, but it tastes so much like the soup from Olive Garden that I was blown away. I originally got this recipe from my sister, who got it from a Food Nanny cookbook, and after changing a few things and renaming it, it has fast become a favorite in my household. Even my kids eat it!

Well, let’s be honest here, they do not eat the green beans:) but everything else gets devoured. I on the other hand really like green beans…..A LOT, so much so that I will eat them cold out of the can! I know, yuck right?!?!? But try it, you might like it too! {hee, hee}

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

This recipe looks complicated, but really is not hard at all and does not have that many steps. I was surprised. The taste is amazing. Italian sausage gives it that little spicy kick, the pasta and sauce are delicious, and potatoes and green beans covered in melted parmesan cheese, oh my…be still my beating heart!

I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as me and mine do!!

Happy comfort food eating!

Zuppa Toscana Pasta
Serves 4
If you love Zuppa Toscana Soup from Olive Garden, you will love this pasta. It tastes like the soup, in a pasta! Yum!
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
  1. 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  2. 5 small red potatoes
  3. 8 ounces low-fat spicy italian sausage
  4. 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  7. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1 Tablespoon butter
  9. 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  10. 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  11. Ground pepper and salt
  12. 1/2 cup minimum grated parmesan cheese (1/2 cup in recipe, optional:sprinkle some on top)
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  2. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender
  3. Steam green beans (or cook in microwave) until tender
  4. Brown the sausage over medium heat, add onion and garlic, cook until sausage is cooked all the way through and the onion is soft
  5. Pour in broth and simmer for 3 minutes
  6. Stir in oil and butter
  7. Add the green beans, potatoes and pasta
  8. Mix well with spoon, add parsley, salt and pepper to taste
  9. Remove from heat, sprinkle in cheese, cover pan and wait until melted
  10. Serve right away, add extra cheese if desired
Adapted from The Food Nanny
Adapted from The Food Nanny
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