Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

instant pot zuppa toscana

5 from 9 reviews

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is rich and hearty Italian sausage and potato soup. It is so easy to make Olive Garden’s soup healthy at home.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 3 large raw sausage links, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced (optional)
  • 2 grated large garlic cloves, divided
  • 6 cups water or low sodium broth
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 large kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk


  1. On 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Takes 3-5 mins.
  2. Add sausage. If it is raw chicken/turkey or any cooked sausage, you will need some oil. Brown for 3 minutes. Sausage will not really brown but rather cook a bit. It’s fine, we just want a bit flavor.
  3. Press Cancel. Add onion, potatoes, carrots, zucchini (if using), 1 garlic clove, broth, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. No need to stir.
  4. Close the lid, move pressure valve to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High for 10 minutes.
  5. Release pressure using Quick Release method – turn pressure valve to Venting.
  6. Add kale, milk and remaining garlic.
  7. Stir and serve hot with a slice of fresh bread.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container or inner Instant Pot pot with a silicone lid for up to 5 days. To reheat, simmer in a small pot desired amount. Do not freeze.

Make Ahead: Saute sausage and add veggies and broth (not kale and milk) to the inner pot. Cover with silicone or glass lid, refrigerate for up to 24 hours and cook following the recipe.


  • I added chopped zucchini just to add more veggies and because it had to be used up.
  • For broth, I use low sodium organic bouillon cubes.
  • You can saute bacon as well, just for me sausage was enough. If you do so, make sure to deglaze the pot with broth before cooking to avoid Burn.
  • For 3 quart pressure cooker, cut recipe ingredients in half and keep same cooking time. Or you can still cook 1/2 recipe in larger Instant Pot.
  • Lacinato or known as dinosaur kale is the best for zuppa toscana. Curly kale or spinach will work too. I freeze chopped kale and on sale baby spinach to add to soups.

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