Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana is the perfect way to slowly simmer this family favorite soup recipe. Is there anything better than an easy crockpot recipe?
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Zuppa is my husband’s favorite soup recipe of all time. He can never remember what it’s called, so he calls it “Olive Garden Soup”, thankfully I know what he’s talking about whenever he makes the request.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based of an Olive Garden favorite. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

I have to say that Zuppa Toscana is a top recipe on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen. Back in 2009, I posted the original recipe for The Olive Garden’s copycat Zuppa Toscana, followed by a Paleo Zuppa Toscana in 2015 and now the Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based of an Olive Garden favorite. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

Something I love about this crockpot soup is that it’s so simple. The flavor and spice comes from the hot Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and bacon. The first time I made it, I was shocked there was no salt, no pepper or thyme nor oregano. I fried up the hot Italian sausage and bacon first because I didn’t want the soup to be too greasy. If you used hot Italian chicken sausage (and no bacon), I think it would be safe to chuck everything in at once and set it to forget it.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based of an Olive Garden favorite. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

In the original Zuppa Toscana recipe, I always simmered the recipe longer than needed to wilt the kale as much as possible. It’s because of that I knew that this slow cooker zuppa toscana would be perfect. I was right, it turned out really well. No crunch, no bitterness, just soup that’s perfection.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based of an Olive Garden favorite. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

Right before serving, add the cream and heat through. I like to add parmesan cheese to mine, because everything tastes better with some parmesan.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based off an Olive Garden favorite. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – a simple soup recipe that’s based off an Olive Garden favorite.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - a simple soup recipe that's based off an Olive Garden favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage (6-7 links, not including the casings)
  • 2-3 strips of bacon, cubed.
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes, cubed.
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups kale, torn by hand
  • 2 cans chicken broth (canned works better than in a box)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream.
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, scramble fry the hot Italian sausage and bacon. Drain the fat.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except for the cream) to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low on 8-10 hours.
  3. Right before serving, add 1 cup of cream, stir and heat through.

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13 comments on “Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana”

  1. I lighten up my version of the toscana soup by exchanging the sausage for turkey sausage (I use Italian sweet) and use sliced caulflower instead of potatoes. I also use escarole but I think I will try kale next time. Cream it up by using some 1/2 &1/2 (just a little) and lastly a can of Great Northern beans.
    It is just as yummy as Olive Gardens

  2. Have you tried this recipe with anything other than kale?  Any suggestions for a substitute?

  3. Hi. What size are the cans of chicken broth? And how many servings this recipe make? Thanks!

    • Just the standard soup can size in your supermarket. Servings…that’s tough because we eat more than the standard serving of it 😉 I’m guessing 6 servings, if you have a decent sized bowl each?

  4. I have used spinach in the soup and it was very good.

  5. Has anyone tried using non-dairy (cashew, coconut, or almond milk) in place of the cream?

  6. This soup looks and sounds delicious. I love the hot Italian sausage and kale because it not only tastes great but it’s really healthy

  7. This recipe looks so good! I can’t wait to try it. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. Thanks!

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