Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is the Olive Garden Copycat easily made in the pressure cooker in just 40 minutes with budget-friendly ingredients. Watch the short video tutorial attached below and learn to quickly make it on your own!

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here. We love making delicious and easy soups in the Instant Pot like our popular Tomato SoupHam and Bean Soup, and Italian Meatball Soup.

Image of instant pot zuppa toscana.

Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is rich and hearty comfort food at its best. The delicious Olive Garden Copycat that usually takes hours to make in the slow cooker, is ready at a fraction of time. This pressure cooker version will take you 40 minutes only with the same delicious and comforting results. This is such a hearty and creamy soup, made with ground sausage, potatoes, and kale.

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is very budget-friendly, you can make a big pot spending $15 or less. I love the sausage in the creamy broth with all the delicious soft potatoes and the chewy kale!

What is Zuppa Toscana?

Zuppa means soup in Italian, and Toscana means Tuscan. Therefore, it means Tuscan soup! As a general rule, this dish ish made with kale, potatoes, garlic, Italian sausage and garnished with cheese. 

Picture of homemade zuppa toscana in a white bowl.

Can I substitute the meat in the soup?

Absolutely. Italian sausage can be substituted with ground chicken, turkey or beef sausage. If using beef sausage or ground beef, replace the chicken bouillon and chicken broth with beef bouillon and beef broth, the same quantities apply. Please note that the soup will thicken even more when cold.

Can I use spinach instead of kale to make Zuppa Toscana?

You can use spinach instead of kale. In that case, you just have to stir in the spinach into the hot soup. No need to cook on sauté, as the spinach will wilt quickly.

Can you freeze Zuppa Toscana?

Yes. I recommend using quart bags for this soup. First, use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag. Then, squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Also, when reheating, you may need to add a bit of milk, add a ¼ cup at a time. Preferably heat it on the stovetop if you will be adding more milk.

More delicious soups:

Pressure cooker zuppa toscana photo.

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel-cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Recipe Tips:

  • The soup will taste absolutely amazing if you saute some chopped bacon with the sausage! If you want to enhance the flavor, that is a great addition.
  • After you add the kale, you can cook it on sauté with the lid on for 2 minutes to make it more tender. Or, just stir it in, and cover with the lid to heat through for 3 minutes, if you prefer the kale chewier.
  • Also, you can use mild sausage or a combination of mild and hot.
  • I like to add oregano for the flavor, you can skip it if you don’t like it.
  • Deglazing the pot with broth after you brown the sausage and the onion is very important. Some sausages may stick to the bottom and may interfere with the IP coming to pressure, so don’t skip the degrading step.
  • If you want the soup, even creamier, when the potatoes are cooked, before you add the kale, you can use a potato masher to mash the potatoes, even more, that will change the consistency of the soup.
  • Also, you can use light cream or half and half instead of full-fat heavy whipping cream.
  • You should taste and adjust for salt, pepper, and spiciness.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, either the Pressure Cooker function or the Slow Cooker function, I also like that I can just sauté / brown the meat and veggies directly in the pot using the Sauté function.

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5 from 3 reviews
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 mins




Calories: 490 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 18 Fat: 32 Saturated Fat: 11 Cholesterol: 69 Sodium: 1343 Potassium: 1044 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 785 Vitamin C: 32.8 Calcium: 142 Iron: 2.9
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Nutmeg Nanny

This looks delicious! Saving this!


Dorothy Reinhold

I got a new Instant Pot for Christmas and can't wait to try this one!


Valerie | Valerie's Kitchen

This looks just perfect for this week. I need a little post-holiday comfort food!


Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

This soup looks 1000x better than Olive Garden! Looks so creamy and amazing. :) Definitely adding this one to the dinner lineup!


Valerie Tate

This is SUPER DELICIOUS! My hubby loved it and so did I. I used spinach, and added some mushrooms. So good. Thanks for sharing!


Hi Valerie! Thank you for the feedback, glad that your family loved it!


Censie Sawyer

Saving this recipe! I love soup but I have never tried this zuppa toscana recipe before. We love our instant pot because it makes preparing dinner so much easier. Going to add this one to the list.



I am scouring the internet looking for instant pot recipes. I am new to this adventure and need recipes to make for my family. I have never eaten Zuppa Toscana, so this will be a tasting adventure, as well.



To be honest, I have never been to the Olive Garden, thus I've never had their soup. I have to say, though, this looks absolutely amazing and with a combination of flavors that I love. Will definitely be giving it a try.



This looks delicious! If I decide to add soaked kidney beans to this, do you suggest I pressure cook it to maybe 20 minutes or so?


Depends of the beans actually, if using pre-soaked great-norther or cannelini do 20mins, black eyed peas about 15mins.



This turned out super delicious! Everyone loved it! My husband ate about 3 bowls. Also, I brought it to a friend and she LOVED it but she doesn’t have an instant pot. Do you think she could make it on the stove? Thank you! 


wow so happy that it was a hit with your family!



I made this tonight. So good! I cant wait to make it again!


Hi Jen, happy that you liked it. Thank you for the feedback!


Judy Zwolinski

I thought the soup turned out too thin. I added instant potato flakes to the finished soup. I also added soy sour cream and lactate free milk as I’m lactose intolerant. I also added crushed red paper flakes and extra ground fresh pepper and some butter. Turned out much better.



Very good. Prep time takes a bit



Can cauliflower be substitute for potatoes in this recipe





Just made this and it was a big hit. Not a deop left in the pot. This will be a regular on the menu.


Thanks Alan for your feedback! Glad you loved it!



Can you use frozen kale /spinach instead of fresh


hi, yes you can.



This was great! My family really liked it. My daughter had hers without cream since she has an allergy. It's nice that you can add cream at the end. I made it was two pounds hot sausage and it was perfect.


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