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Dairy-Free Copycat Zuppa Toscana

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Last Updated on July 24, 2020

Original post: 2017 – updated in 2020

Zuppa toscana is a broad term meaning “soup in the style of Tuscany”. Typically, classic zuppa toscana is a soup made from extra virgin olive oil, onion, kale, zucchini, cannellini beans, potatoes, celery, carrots, tomato pulp, salt, powdered chili, toasted Tuscan bread, and Italian bacon.

Paleo Zuppa Toscana

Dairy-Free Zuppa Toscana

The north American version is typically made with Italian sausage, crushed red peppers, diced onion, bacon, garlic puree, chicken bouillon, heavy cream, potatoes, and kale. This version is widely known and accepted as the Italian standard. The American reference dish for zuppa toscana has been made famous by Olive Garden. And if you’re living within the guidelines of a Paleo diet, Olive Garden is a no go.

Dairy-Free Zuppa Toscana

Copycat Zuppa Toscana

This Paleo version is incredibly delicious and fits nicely into your clean way of eating:

  • Avocado or Olive Oil
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Yellow Onions
  • Italian Pork Sausage
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Parsley
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Chicken Broth
  • Bay Leaf
  • Red Potatoes
  • Baby Spinach or frozen Spinach/Kale Blend
  • Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
  • Otto’s Cassava Flour
Zuppa Toscana
Dairy-Free Zuppa Toscana

Dairy-Free Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 medium Yellow Onions, diced
  • 2 lbs Italian Pork Sausage, we like Jimmy Dean Sausage in this soup
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, adds just a hit of heat, optional
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 cups Red Potatoes, diced fairly small
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, or 1 1/2 cup frozen Spinach/Kale Bland
  • 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
  • Scant 1/2 cup Cassava Flour


  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the avocado oil. When hot, add the onions and garlic. Saute until fragrant and slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage and cook until no pink remains. Add the oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-high heat and gently boil for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Taste the soup base and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. While the soup is cooking, whisk the almond milk and cassava flour until smooth.
  5. After the potatoes are cooked, add the spinach/kale to the soup. Stir to combine and cook until wilted/thawed. Add the milk mixture and stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute to thicken.
  6. Serve hot. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 430Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 10gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 81mgSodium 1659mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 19g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

This copycat dairy-free zuppa toscana tastes even better than the restaurant original and does less damage to your gut.

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Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

This was so good and was easy to make! I have missed eating this soup at Olive Garden since I have been dairy-free and gluten-free for 8 years.

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