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Longing for a bowl of comfort that hits all the right spots? Try this Single Serve Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe. It’s a hearty, creamy blend of Italian sausage, potatoes, and spinach that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes.

If you’re in search of more satisfying single serving soup recipes, you’ll enjoy our hearty Chicken Tortellini Soup, comforting Split Pea Soup, velvety Creamy Tomato Soup, and robust Lasagna Soup.

Why You’ll Love This Zuppa Toscana Recipe

  • Simplicity: Requires basic cooking skills, making it perfect for cooks at any level.
  • Speed: Ready to eat in just 30 minutes.
  • Flexibility: Easy to substitute ingredients to suit your dietary needs.
  • Rich Flavor: A balance of spiciness, creaminess, and a touch of greens for nutrition.

What Is Zuppa Toscana?

Zuppa Toscana, which means “Tuscan Soup” in Italian, is a soul-warming dish filled with a creamy broth, flavorful Italian sausage, hearty potatoes, and nutritious greens—typically kale, but in our version, we opt for spinach. Whether you’re a fan of this recipe that first appeared on Olive Garden menus in the early 2000s or simply love a good Italian-inspired soup, this recipe offers a cozy, single serving take on a classic.

Ingredients

the ingredients in zuppa toscana on a brown table labeled.
  • Bacon: A single slice of bacon adds a smoky undertone to this soup. If you have leftover bacon, consider using it in Coq au Vin, Cauliflower Casserole, or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cup.
  • Italian Sausage: While I opt for mild Italian sausage, feel free to kick it up a notch with a spicier version for added heat. For a leaner option, try turkey sausage. Leftover sausage can be used in a Pizza Bowl and Sausage Stuffing.
  • Onions and Garlic: These aromatic ingredients are key for a flavorful soup base—don’t skip them!
  • Chili Powder: A dash enhances the soup with a mild spiciness.
  • Chicken Broth: Opt for low-sodium chicken broth to better control the saltiness of your Zuppa Toscana. Extra broth can be used in many of our soup recipes and Chicken and Dumplings.
  • Potato: A small russet potato works wonders, but Yukon Gold potatoes are a fine substitute. Sweet potatoes can also be used for a healthier spin. Got an extra potato? Use it to make Clam Chowder.
  • Spinach: Roughly a cup of fresh spinach adds a splash of color and nutrition. Extra spinach can be used in Tuscan Chicken and in a Hot Spinach Dip.
  • Heavy Cream: The cream contributes to the soup’s rich texture. However, if you’re out, whole milk or evaporated milk can be used, although the soup will be less creamy yet still scrumptious.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

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Recipe Variations

Love the basic recipe but want to mix things up?

  • Protein: Swap Italian sausage with cooked chicken.
  • Veggies: Add carrots or celery for extra nutrition.
  • Spices: Experiment with herbs like thyme or rosemary.
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How To Make Zuppa Toscana

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of Zuppa Toscana. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Cook bacon in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Add Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and chili powder to the drippings and cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon until browned and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and add the diced potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are slightly softened, about 12 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in cream.
  6. Pour into a bowl and top with crumbled bacon.
Six photos showing the steps involved in making zuppa toscana soup.

Expert Tips

  • Uniform Potato Cuts: Make sure to cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces for consistent cooking throughout the soup.
  • Low-Carb Option: Swap out the potatoes for cauliflower florets if you’re aiming for a lower carb count.
  • Sausage Choices: While the recipe calls for mild Italian sausage for balanced flavor, feel free to switch it up with spicy Italian, turkey sausage, or even chorizo to tailor the heat to your liking.
  • Cheese Toppings: Elevate your soup with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan or your preferred cheese right before serving.

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to enjoying this Zuppa Toscana, the options are endless.

  • Bread: A slice of crusty French bread
  • Salad: A light Caesar Salad or mixed greens
  • Wine: A glass of white wine like Pinot Grigio

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use non-dairy milk in this Zuppa Toscana recipe?

Yes, but it may alter the soup’s creaminess.

How can I store leftover Zuppa Tosacana?

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I double this Zuppa Toscana recipe?

Yes, if you’d like to make a little bit extra, this recipe doubles well.

Can I make a vegetarian version of Zuppa Toscana?

Yes, use vegetable broth and a meat substitute.

What’s the ideal pot size for making single serving Zuppa Toscana?

For optimal results, I recommend using a 2-quart saucepan when preparing this single serving Zuppa Toscana recipe. A pan of similar dimensions will yield the best consistency and flavor.

a bowl of zuppa toscana with a spoon in the side of the bowl.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Zuppa Toscana For One

4.97 from 27 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
A single serving Zuppa Toscana soup recipe that tastes so much better than any restaurant version! It's easy to make and can be ready in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1 link Italian sausage , casing removed
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small Russet potato , peeled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions 

  • Cook the bacon in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a fork.
  • Add the Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and chili powder to the drippings and cook, breaking the sausage up with a spoon, until browned and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in chicken broth and add diced potatoes to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer to cook potatoes, 10-12 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cream. Pour into a bowl and top with crumbled bacon.

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Notes

Expert Tips
  • Uniform Potato Cuts: Make sure to cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces for consistent cooking throughout the soup.
  • Low-Carb Option: Swap out the potatoes for cauliflower florets if you’re aiming for a lower carb count.
  • Sausage Choices: While the recipe calls for mild Italian sausage for balanced flavor, feel free to switch it up with spicy Italian, turkey sausage, or even chorizo to tailor the heat to your liking.
  • Cheese Toppings: Elevate your soup with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan or your preferred cheese right before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 689kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Cholesterol: 181mg, Sodium: 800mg, Potassium: 1342mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 875IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Omg mind blown. This is delicious. I didn’t know you could prepare meals for one person and have the turn out this good.

  2. I made this about a month ago and was blown away! Wasn’t sure as I read the recipe, but after it all came together it was magnificent! I made a batch for my daughter to finish up with the spinach and cream and bacon and she was equally delighted. I made it again tonight and was not disappointed even tho’ I didn’t have bacon and just cooked onion, etc in olive oil. I believe this is one of the tastiest, easiest and most comforting soups I have ever prepared. And as good as it is it is soooo nice to know that I won’t be eating it for days or throwing it away. Just the right amount for one dinner and a dab of lunch! Thank you! Now……………can you work on a recipe for osso buco? A beef shank is fine, don’t need to worry about using veal.
    Thank you again!