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Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

This Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is an Olive Garden copycat that's even better than the original! This rich and hearty soup is the ultimate comfort food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: instant pot soup, sausage soup
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 614kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) roll pork sausage we like Jimmy Dean’s Hot
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (32 oz) carton chicken broth
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste, if necessary
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups diced kale tough stems removed, can replace with chopped spinach
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup finely grated romano, asiago, and parmesan cheese blend
  • Crushed red pepper flakes if desired for more spice


  • Place bacon into 6 quart Instant Pot, then hit SAUTE.
  • Cook, stirring regularly, until the bacon is crispy, then remove and set aside, but reserve the grease.
  • To the hot Instant Pot, add in sausage, onion, and garlic.
  • Cook, breaking up the sausage as you go, until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot, then stir in broth, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom. This helps avoid a BURN reading.
  • Stir in potatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, then cover and lock the lid. Be sure the pressure valve is pointed toward SEALING.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Once the cook time is up, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes, then flip the pressure valve to quickly release any remaining pressure.
  • Stir in kale, heavy cream, and cheese, then cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in bacon, taste and re-season, if necessary, then serve and enjoy!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1294mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2656IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg