This Instant Pot zuppa toscana recipe only takes a few ingredients and hardly any effort to make from scratch. Using the Instant Pot means it requires even fewer utensils than normal and makes the cleaning afterwards easier.
Before we start cooking, here are a few interesting facts you may want to know about today’s recipe.
What Is Zuppa Toscana?
Originally from Italy, zuppa toscana, literally translated as “Tuscan soup,” has been popularized by the Italian-American restaurant chain, Olive Garden.
A classic Tuscan soup consists of olive oil, water, potatoes, kale, onions, carrots, celery, cannellini beans, tomatoes, and sometimes zucchini. A type of Tuscan cured bacon is added to give the soup a more savory flavor.
At restaurants, you will find a few slices of toasted Tuscan bread next to your bowl of warm zuppa toscana.
The Olive Garden version of this soup is much richer due to an addition of heavy cream and garlic purée. Italian sausages also replace Tuscan bacon because they’re easier to find in the US.
Tuscan soup tends to have large amounts of calories, fat, and sodium due to its rich ingredients. But that won’t be the case for today’s recipe.
Is Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Healthy?
Yes! We had to alter a few things about the recipe to fit within our health guidelines, but it came out great. Here’s what we did to make it healthy:
We only used a touch of heavy cream to cut down on saturated fat. We replaced some of it with milk because it’s lower in calories and fat, but still creates a rich and delicious soup.
Our zuppa toscana recipe also contains sausages so we had to pay close attention to the sodium content.
We cooked the sausages in unsalted chicken broth to let them season the soup. By doing so, we were able to cut down on salt — we only needed to add ¼ teaspoon for the entire 4 servings of soup.
Sear the sausage: Turn on your Instant Pot, set it to “Sauté,” and wait for it to heat up. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 4 oz diced sausages. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until lightly browned.
Sweat the vegetables: Add 2 tsp minced garlic, 2 oz diced onions, and 2 oz diced carrots. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.
Toast the spices: Add 20 oz potatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder to the pot. Stir for 2 minutes to awaken the spice aroma and coat the seasonings evenly.
Add liquid and cook: Add 2 cup unsalted chicken broth, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 1/2 tbsp heavy cream to the pot. Stir a few times to combine. Cover with the lid and turn the valve knob to “sealing position.” Set your Instant Pot to the “Steam” program for 25 minutes.
Add kale: After 25 minutes, carefully turn the valve knob to release the steam before opening the lid. Set to “Sauté” again. Add 3 oz kale and cook for another 1 minute.
Garnish and serve: Ladle the soup into a deep dish or bowl. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 190Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Vitamin A 3148IU
Vitamin C 29mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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