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This rich and hearty Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is comfort food at its best. It’s loaded with potatoes, sausage, onion, garlic, kale and a splash of cream. It is truly satisfying and irresistible. 

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

It has become one of our favorite soups on cold winter days. Scratch that. I made it even last summer. It’s so easy and perfect for busy days year round.

This Italian Sausage and Potato Soup has only 5 main ingredients, prep work is minimal and it takes only 10 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot after it comes to pressure. I am sure you will love it too.

Even my father-in-law said that it tastes much better than the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana.

It’s one of the easiest recipes to make in the Instant Pot (after these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs) and is packed with so much flavor!

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Italian Sausage Potato Soup

Zuppa Toscana means soup of Tuscany or soup in the style of Tuscany. This so-simple rendition is cooked to perfection in your own kitchen on the counter using the Instant Pot. You don’t have to venture to Italy to try this flavorful soup. 🙂 This potato and sausage soup makes it easy to bring the taste of Tuscany home.

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Tips For Making The Best Zuppa Toscana Soup

  • Saute the sausage and the onion for a couple of minutes. You can saute them while you still prep the rest of your ingredients. It literally takes you no time but adds so much flavor.
  • Use Idaho or Russet potatoes. They are more starchy, creamy and fluffy, making them great for soups and will make the soup more creamy. Check out this guide on potatoes and their best uses.
  • When adding the heavy cream at the end, first add a little bit of the hot broth in a bowl, and then slowly whisk in the cream. This should prevent the cold dairy from reacting badly to the hot stock.
  • Add chopped kale at the end, just before serving. Kale cooks very fast, and it’s not necessary that you cook it for so long with the rest of the harder vegetables. Otherwise, it will result in a wilted kale that nobody wants to eat. Adding the kale at the end will preserve its freshness, color, and nutrients.
Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Healthy Zuppa Toscana (Paleo, Whole 30 and Dairy-Free)

Zuppa Toscana is naturally a gluten-free and grain-free soup. It’s loaded with delicious and nutritious vegetables, and it’s healthy.

If you would like to make it even healthier, you could use turkey sausage instead of pork sausage.

Also, for a dairy-free Zuppa Toscana, you could substitute the heavy cream with coconut cream/milk. Make sure that your can of coconut milk is refrigerated and use only the solid white cream from the can.

For a Paleo and Whole 30 Zuppa Toscana, substitute the potatoes with chopped cauliflower florets.

For those of you that count calories, the Zuppa Toscana recipe has 428 calories per serving.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Can You Freeze This Zuppa Toscana Soup

Yes, you can freeze this Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup. The potatoes might be a little bit broken up and creamy when you thaw the soup but it would still taste great! Omit the cream and kale when freezing. Add it to the soup after you reheat it before serving.

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How To Make Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

This rich and hearty Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is comfort food at its best. It’s loaded with potatoes, sausage, onion, garlic, kale and a splash of cream. It is truly satisfying and irresistible.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Press the ‘Saute’ button, and add the olive oil.  When the pot is hot, add the ground sausage and brown it until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute for another 3 minutes. Add potatoes, vegetable stock, and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything.
  • Lock the lid and turn the valve to ‘Sealing’. Press the ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ button and adjust for 10 minutes, pressure set to ‘High’. When the cook time is over, turn off the Instant Pot by pressing the ‘Turn Off’ button. Carefully quick release the pressure with a wooden spatula by turning the valve to releasing. Make sure you don’t hurt your hands from the steam.
  • Once the steam is completely gone and the metal pin on the lid drops, carefully open the lid and add heavy cream, the chopped kale and coked bacon bits (optional) to the pot. Stir everything, and serve warm. 

Stovetop Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • Add onion to pot and let cook until soft, 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Add vegetable stock and potatoes and cook over medium heat, until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.
  • Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 1-2 minutes, then stir in heavy cream and simmer 2 minutes more.
  • Season with pepper, and serve.

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Notes

* You can use turkey sausage instead of pork sausage to make a healthier Zuppa Toscana.
** For Paleo and Whole 30 Zuppa Toscana, substitute the potatoes with chopped cauliflower florets. And use the dairy-free option below.
*** For dairy-free Zuppa Toscana, substitute heavy cream with cold coconut cream. Make sure that your can of coconut milk is refrigerated and use only the solid white cream from the can.

Freezer Instructions

This soup freezes well, just omit the cream and the kale when freezing. Add them to the soup when you reheat it before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1116mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2900IU | Vitamin C: 45.1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 5.8mg
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in our home! I use coconut milk in place of the cream and throw uncooked bacon in the instant pot before cooking. Amazing!!!!