Low Carb Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana made low carb! My family had NO IDEA that I swapped the potatoes for sliced turnips – they take on all the flavors of the soup and the texture is just like a potato! This low carb soup recipe will be a total hit with the whole family. 

Would you believe that I was an adult the first time I ever ate at an Olive Garden? Why in the world did my parents shield me from the deliciousness when I was a kid?!

Believe it or not, I still eat there every now and then. I usually go for a salad and chicken Alfredo – I just ask them to replace the pasta with steamed broccoli and they’re happy to accommodate!

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

I totally miss the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe though. It’s one of my favorite soups to eat at a restaurant. Unfortunately, it’s loaded with carbs thanks to the flour they use as a thickener and the thin slices of potatoes.

This zuppa toscana copycat will satisfy any craving though.

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

I served this to my family and they had NO IDEA they were eating turnips instead of potatoes. I call that a win. 

I hope you guys give this zuppa toscana with turnips a try and let me know what you think.

Let’s do this!

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

How to make this Zuppa Toscana recipe:

First up, we’re going to brown some Italian sausage. I like to use a spicy variety, but you can use mild if you prefer. If you do use mild, I’d recommend just adding in a little sprinkle of red pepper flakes. That way you get the traditional heat, but you can control how much.

zuppa toscana ingredients in pot

Once your sausage is beginning to brown, stir in some chopped raw bacon, diced onion and minced garlic and cook those up.

The bacon won’t get crispy, but it will cook through as we finish off the soup. It adds a great flavor!

turnips in soup pot

Next comes your chicken broth and turnips. Bring that to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes.

Add in the kale and let that cook for about 5 minutes. The kale and turnips should be nice and tender.

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

Remove from the heat and stir in the cream.

Isn’t it so pretty and colorful?

That’s it, friends! This zuppa toscana recipe is ready to devour!

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

Zuppa Toscana - just like Olive Garden's recipe but made with turnips instead of potatoes! You'll never even know the difference! #keto #lowcarb #soup

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Zuppa Toscana – just like at Olive Garden but without all the carbs. My family had no idea they were eating turnips instead of potatoes in this low carb soup recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 turnips, sliced, about 10 ounces total
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauce pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the Italian sausage to the pot and begin to brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. When the meat is about halfway browned, add the bacon, onion, and garlic and continue cooking and stirring until the sausage is fully cooked through.
  3. Add the chicken broth and turnips and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the kale and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until kale and turnips are both tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

You may use spinach in place of kale if you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295 Total Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 91mg Sodium: 599mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 20g

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