This healthy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is the perfect mix of the authentic Italian recipe and the Olive Garden’s favourite Tuscan soup recipe. Featuring more veggies and less cream, it’s lighter yet just as hearty, nutritious and full of flavor. Great soup for the whole family!
WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT THIS ZUPPA TOSCANA?
Have you ever heard of Zuppa Toscana before? The term literally means Tuscan Soup and is a traditional Italian soup recipe normally made with cannellini beans, carrots, celery, kale, zucchini, and bacon, and finished off with crusty Italian bread, that is often stirred into the soup and left overnight to thicken up.
Then, there is the Olive Garden version (popular U.S. restaurant chain), which features Italian sausage and heavy cream that makes it a bit more decadent and perhaps more caloric. Both are equally delicious and we wanted to create a healthy hybrid version for this Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana recipe.
You can easily turn this soup into a gluten-free or lower-carb meal by omitting the crusty bread when serving the soup. White potatoes can be replaced with sweet potatoes and/or diced zucchini.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT ZUPPA TOSCANA
We are using dried Cannelinin (white) beans in this recipe, which are pre-soaked in plenty of water for 8-12 hours. Make sure to rinse the soaked beans really well before adding to the soup.
You can use a variety of vegetables in this soup but we’re going with the classic celery, carrots, potatoes and adding roughly chopped kale for extra nutrients and lovely green color.
Our little Italian twist is adding pork sausage to the soup. Not only does it hearty flavor to this Tuscan soup, but it’s also high in protein making it a satiating meal. You can use regular or hot Italian sausage, of course.
The best thing about making this Zuppa Toscana Instant Pot recipe is that it’s pretty much a dump and cook kind of dish. We do like to saute the onions, carrots and celery with bacon first and once all other ingredients are added, pop the lid in and pressure cook on HIGH for 12 minutes with 10-minute natural pressure release. See the full list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
Once cooked, finish the soup by stirring in some cream and lemon juice to taste. Serve with crusty bread or enjoy as is for a gluten-free, bread-free version.
MORE ITALIAN INSTANT POT RECIPES
- Instant Pot Italian Fish (From Frozen)
- Italian-Inspired Mac & Cheese In Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Italian Pork & Bean Stew
- Italian Chicken Drumsticks In Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Italian Tomato Meatballs
This lighter, healthier Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is the perfect mix of the authentic Italian recipe and the Olive Garden’s favourite Tuscan soup recipe. It’s hearty, nutritious and full of flavour with less cream and more vegetables.
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 oz / 120g of bacon, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 large white potatoes, peeled and diced into cubes
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 Italian pork sausages, meat squeezed out into small chunks
3–4 large kale leaves, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
3 cups dried white beans such as Cannellini beans (soaked, should yeild 3 cups)
1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs or dried rosemary
2 cups tomato passata or tinned chopped tomatoes
4 cups / 1 litre water
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder or flakes
To finish off
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
To serve: toasted Italian bread or sourdough broken into pieces
- Prepare the ingredients before you start cooking.
- Turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauté function key.
- Once hot, add the oil, bacon, carrots, celery and onion to the pot and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the cream, and stir through. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to stop the Sauteeing process.
- Place and lock the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook, HIGH pressure and adjust the time to 12 minutes. After 3 beeps, the Instant Pot will start building up the pressure (will take 10 minutes) and cooking will commence.
- Once the timer goes off, allow the Instant Pot to release the pressure naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick release method to let off the rest of the steam (carefully move the steam release valve on the top to Venting). Don’t open the lid until the silver valve button on the lid has popped back down and the Instant Pot is easy to open.
- To finish the soup, stir in the heavy cream and lemon juice and check for salt.
- Serve in bowls topped with pieces of toasted or crusty Italian bread or sourdough. You can also add some grated Parmesan cheese.
- Make sure to presoak the beans overnight. Canned beans can also be used.
- You can make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for a couple of months. If freezing the soup, don’t add the cream until it’s been defrosted and reheated. Add the crusty bread when serving the hot soup.
- For a gluten-free version, omit the bread when serving the soup.
Keywords: Tuscan, Olive Garden, Beans, Soup, Italian, Sausage, Pork
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