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Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

An Olive Garden copycat version of Zuppa Toscana. This dreamy smooth soup is made with a blend of cauliflower and cashews instead of dairy, upping the nutrient content and keeping it light. It's the perfect winter soup to warm up to.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 256kcal


  • 6 cups cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews soaked overnight, drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage or sub pork
  • 6 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon omit if using chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch kale lacinato or curly kale
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Soak cashews overnight, and drain when ready to use. If there isn't time for this step, soak cashews in boiling water for an hour.
  • Steam cauliflower over medium to medium high heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add steamed cauliflower and cashews to a blender with 1/2 cup water. Process until mixture is very smooth and creamy, about 1 minute in a Vitamix or similar blender, or 2-3 minutes in a standard blender.
  • In a soup pot, add olive oil, and chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes over medium heat until onions are softened, but do not brown the onions (it turns the creamy white base brown).
  • Add sausage, and continue to sauté until sausage starts to brown, about 5-7 more minutes.
  • Add water and vegetable bouillon or chicken broth.
  • Add peeled potatoes, cut into diced sized cubes. Bring to a boil, and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Destem the kale, and add to cook for the last 5 or 10 minutes.
  • Mix in the cauliflower cashew cream. Season with sea salt and pepper, if necessary. The sausage adds a lot of flavor so additional seasonings aren't necessary.



Any sausage will work in this recipe. I love Whole Foods ground chicken sausage because it isn't packed with sodium, and has no weird ingredients- just organic chicken and spices.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1825IU | Vitamin C: 69.7mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4.4mg