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Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #74: Zuppa Toscana Soup

by Kayla K on May 3, 2013

pressure-cooker-zuppa-toscana-soup-olive-garden-copycatThis week my Culinary Essentials students made Olive Garden copycat recipes for their soup lab. This soup, Zuppa Toscana, was the biggest hit. I worked at Olive Garden through college and I can testify that this soup is everyone’s favorite. Two Peas & Their Pod made a spot-on copycat recipe.

I made only a few changes to the recipe.  I omitted the bacon (because I didn’t have any; it was delicious when my students made it) and used milk instead of cream.

I browned the sausage in my pressure cooker and sauteed the onion and garlic. I added the water, broth, and potatoes, locked the lid in place, and cooked at full pressure for 10 minutes.  I used an immediate pressure release before stirring in the milk and kale.

Oh, and by the way… IT’S SNOWING IN IOWA!  Instead of planting tomatoes like Iowans SHOULD be doing this time of year, I will sit inside and enjoy this hearty soup.


On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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1 CRYSTAL MYERS May 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Ok, so you have me intrigued. I might have to look into this pressure cooker cooking method. I never knew you could actually cook with one. We just canned. We might need 2 cookers to feed our crew but by the sound of it its fast! I like that idea!

2 Kayla K May 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Ha ha, with the size of your crew you may as well cook in a pressure canner. :) Just kidding. You probably want an 8-quart one like my mom’s.

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