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Vegan Zuppa Toscana Soup


10 minutes


35 minutes



It’s that time of year again when one sunny day gets everyone thinking about Spring. Unfortunately for us up in Canada we have a few months left of chilly snow-filled days. It was on one of those -20 days that inspired me to create a new soup recipe. I’m a huge fan of soups, all year round, and have made almost every kind out there. I stumbled on a traditional Italian Vegan Zuppa Toscana on Pinterest and decided to try out my own vegan version.

Let me tell you, this soup is warm, hearty, and super easy to make. All you need is one pot, about 30-40 minutes and your dancing shoes (just kidding you don’t need shoes to dance)!

An up close of a big bowl of Vegan Zuppa Toscana on a wooden table surface.  Vegan Zuppa Toscana sitting on counter with another soup bowl in the background.

What is a Vegan Zuppa Toscana?

The name Vegan Zuppa Toscana in Italian is actually a broad term that means “Tuscan Soup”. This kind of soup got its North American popularity thanks to Olive Garden, who knew. Well, Hunny, this ain’t no Olive Garden and I’m here to take us back under the Tuscan sun for a more traditional vegan option made with rich greens and earthy root veg.

Vegan Zuppa Toscana is known for its sausage, bacon, and heavy cream. I used Field Roast sausage but omitted the bacon, and subbed non-dairy milk for the heavy cream. Honestly, you can’t even tell the difference. Field Roast sausage is an unreal meat replacement and the veggie broth gives the perfect amount of umami flavouring. For this recipe, I went with coconut milk but you can use almond or cashew, whichever you prefer. It’s recipes like this that I love sharing with my readers, not only are you going to make a delicious meal, you are learning how easy it is to take a popular recipe and customize it for your specific dietary choices.

Overhead shot of two bowls of vegan zuppa toscana soup.

Greens in Vegan Zuppa Toscana

Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)I used kale for this soup recipe because that is what a traditional Zuppa Toscana is made with. A lot of people are on the kale train but I thought we could take a second to chat about why this beautiful green roughage is so popular today. It wasn’t that long ago that kale was used strictly for presentation at restaurants and not as the main ingredient. So why did kale take center stage? A single cup of raw kale contains:

  • Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
  • Manganese: 26% of the DV

Source: Healthline

vegan zuppa toscana from overhead on a wooden table ready to be eaten.

Other soup recipes you’ll love:

Like I said above, I really love soup, like REALLY love soup. So why not share a few of my favourite recipes. Please give a few of these a try. Not only is soup easy to make and store (batch make your soup and freeze it for another day), I always feel like I’m getting all the vitamins I need in one bowl. Veggies, legumes, broth, you really get it all from a soup. So pick a soup du jour and stay warm friends!

Check out the recipe below and don’t forget to let me know what you think over at @foodbymaria and below in the comments! Tag #foodbymaria and #fearnotfoodisyourfriend so I can see all your beautiful recreations.

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Vegan Zuppa Toscana

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes, Soup
  • Cuisine: Vegan


I stumbled on a traditional Vegan Zuppa Toscana and decided to try out my own vegan version. This soup is warm, hearty, and super easy to make.


  • 2 field roast Italian sausAges
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large of cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, optional
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable stock paste
  • 3 large russet potatoes scrubbed, rinsed and cubed – cut evenly
  • season to taste
  • 2 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes optional — adjust to your taste
  • enough water to cover the potatoes (around 4-5 cups)
  • 1 can coconut milk or oat milk
  • 3 cups chopped kale hard stems removed – can also use spinach or fresh green chard
  • garnish with fresh lemon and vegan parmesan


  1. Break up the sausage using your hands, then fry the sausage in a deep pan medium-high heat while stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. When browned (around 5-6 minutes) remove sausage and place onto a plate.
  2. Add your olive to the pot and heat on medium-high for around 20 seconds before adding the onion. Cook until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. OPTIONAL: Add your white wine of choice and let it reduce to half (about 2 minutes).
  4. Increase the heat to high, add vegetable stock paste, potatoes, seasoning and herbs and cook for around 5 minutes until potatoes are fully coated. Add enough water just to cover the potatoes and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the coconut or oat milk, cooked sausage, and kale. Let simmer for 2 minutes, until kale leaves have softened.
  6. Serve hot with vegan parmesan and a dash of lemon!

Keywords: Soup, Vegan , Zuppa Toscana


Eminence Home Care Services

I really love soup, Not only is soup easy to make.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Awesome! Glad you liked it!

Katrina M.

Made this today – like a hug in a bowl! So hearty and comforting 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much for the love hun!

Elizabeth Jones

My husband and I LOVE your recipes and this one did not disappoint. We’re always so impressed. This soup is full of flavor and makes us want seconds and thirds. Thank you for sharing these recipes with us!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are so welcome, I am so grateful for you!!!

Rebeca Zawacki

I usually don’t like those vegan meats. Could I just omit the sausage? Or replace it with something else? Thanks. I’m excited about trying this!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You could try! That’s not how the recipe was developed, what if you tried vegan meat with legumes etc? It needs that Hearty component.


This is one of my favorite recipes! It’s so easy and simple to make but provides such a punch of flavor. Trust me this is a must have in your recipe rotation

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes!!! So glad you love it. Honestly this soup blows my mind. It’s so good.


You will not be disappointed with this soup! I’ve made two weeks in a row and it keeps getting better and better!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much Courtney! I love this dish so much!


This is our favourite soup. Unlike anything else. Just a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. I’d probably eat every day if I could, it’s that delicious.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes Lucy! Thank you so much for the love. I am so glad you love this recipe as much as we do!

Sandy Sexton

Loved this soup!!! Added a little bit of ditalini to bulk it up a bit and some extra red pepper cause I like it spicy!! It is so tasty and gets me to eat kale which is not easy to do 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

HAHA, yes, this is awesome, anything to get us eating more greens is always great!

Callie Ritsema

Could I use 4-5 cups vegetable stock in place of water + stock paste?

Maria Koutsogiannis

yes, of course! That works perfectly!

Enikő Ostafi

Hi Maria
Desde que vi en tus storyes esta receta, la hago en casa casi semanalmente. Se ha convertido en una de las sopas preferidas de la familia. Y me encanta el Kale.
Gracias por compartir

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Eni!


I’ve made this recipe many times. The best toscana soup ever! Thank you for the recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Natalia. Thank you so much for the love.

Mahala rae

Another perfect recipe, my new favourite for the next few days until I try the next recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

yes, babe! Try the new Chipotle Corn Chowder!


I didn’t think I’d like the greens in my soup but this was so good! Warming and cozy I felt like I was getting all the nutrients my body needed while enjoying a creamy luscious soup!

Maria Koutsogiannis

HELL YA! I’ll make a greens in your soup lover out of you!

Madeleine MacConnell

This soup was absolutely divine. So bright and flavourful. Maria’s soup recipes are simply the best.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, girlfriend! I love this soup soo much!


This is the first recipe I try from your blog. It was a huge success, I just loved this soup. I will try other recipes from your blog.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Please let us know what you make next!!!


Sorry I forgot to rate it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

HAHA, all good, thanks for remembering!!!

Milica Radak

This soup is seriously next level!!! Will be making it again very soon!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSS!!!! this makes me so happy, thank you for the love!


Very yummy. Easy to make and quick. I used beyond sausage to take a break from gluten, but it was delicious.

Maria Koutsogiannis

That is awesome, thanks for the love hun!


Loved this recipe so much! Perfect for a rainy day!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much, Nicole!


This soup is delicious and so easy! The whole family loved it.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Felicity!

Karisa Yoder

Loved this! Made it also for my non vegan husband and he loved it too!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES! This is incredible, thanks for the star review, Karisa!


I’ve made this twice now – by far the best soup I’ve made, it has SO much flavor.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! I love this soup so much. Filled with flavour and deliciousness!


This soup is delicious and so easy! The whole family loved it.

Enikő Ostafi

Delicious dish. I mák this soup áll time. My family love this.
Thank you Maria
Here go my 5 stsrs 😘😘😘😘😘

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much sweetie!

Hayley Thompson

Not only was this delicious but it was fast and easy to make too! This is my husbands favorite soup and he says its “like the real thing” and asked it to go into our “make again” recipes! Definitely a winner for vegans and non-s all around.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!! This makes me so happy! you have to try our “meat sauce” next hun!!

Kelly Strohm

You always impress Maria🤤 Delicious and Easy soup recipe, with so much flavour!!! Definitely going to be a winter staple in our house. Thx Maria 😘

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Kelly!!

Ashley Smith

I loved this recipe because of the flavor that builds with every step. So delicious!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you, ashley!


Super delicious 😊

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you, jennifer!!!


Amazing soup!
We used beyond sausages so that the recipe is gluten free and it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome! Thanks for the love, Tania!

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