Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe

This Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe is the perfect way to make mouthwatering Zuppa Toscana soup without needing to spend much time in the kitchen. This sensational, slow simmered soup is chock full of hearty and zesty ingredients including hot Italian sausage, fresh kale, and tender potatoes in a satiny, cream-based broth.

closeup: a ladle full of zuppa toscana over a crock pot

Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe

Zuppa Toscana soup, crockpot style, is rich, creamy, and comforting with just the right amount of zesty heat. This simple, scrumptious soup is inspired by Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup — one of my family’s all-time favorites.

Something I love about this Zuppa Toscana crock pot recipe 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 were no extra spices. I fried up the hot Italian sausage and bacon first because I didn’t want the soup to be too greasy. If you leave out the bacon, it’s probably safe to chuck everything in at once and set it to forget it.

In the original recipe, I always simmered the recipe longer than needed to wilt the kale as much as possible. Because of that, I knew that this crockpot Zuppa Toscana would be perfect. No crunch, no bitterness — just soup that’s perfection.

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Why You’ll Love Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

  • Simple ingredients – Everything you need is easy to find and inexpensive.
  • Easy preparation – 5-10 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you.
  • Hearty and healthy – Each bowl is packed with protein and loads of vegetables.
  • Delicious flavors – Sensationally savory and earthy with a dash of vibrant spice.
closeup: crockpot zuppa toscana in a crockpot before cooking

Crockpot Zuppa Toscana Tips and Tricks

Boost the Flavor

If you have the time, you can crank up the flavor of your slow cooker Zuppa Toscana by sauteeing the onions and garlic before tossing them into the crock. I like to do so in a bit of fat from the meat for even more flavor. This is totally optional but makes a huge difference.

Easy Variations

Here are a few easy ways to customize your slow cooker Zuppa Toscana recipe.

  • Toss in extra vegetables like zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, or beans.
  • Switch the pork for chicken sausage or even veggie sausage.
  • Sprinkle in some of your favorite cheese for an extra layer of richness.
  • For a dairy free version, substitute coconut milk for the cream or simply skip it altogether.
  • Check out my other Zuppa Toscana recipes including my Paleo, Olive Garden Copycat, and Baked Zuppa Toscana recipes for more inspiration.
closeup: pouring cream into a crockpot full of slow cooker zuppa toscana

How To Make Zuppa Toscana Soup Crockpot Style

You are going to love how easy it is to make this Zuppa Toscana crock pot recipe. With only 3 simple steps, it just about makes itself!

Fry the Meat

Use a skillet to scramble fry the hot Italian sausage and bacon pieces until fully cooked. Use a colander to drain the fat thoroughly, then transfer to the crock pot.

Combine Ingredients

Add all ingredients (except for the cream) to the slow cooker. Give everything a quick stir to combine and then cover. Cook the soup for 4-6 hours on the high setting or for 8-10 hours on low.

Add Cream and Serve

Wait until right before you are ready to enjoy your crock pot Zuppa Toscana to add in the cup of heavy whipping cream. Stir well to combine and allow the soup to heat up again. Serve and enjoy!

overhead: zuppa toscana soup cooking in acrockpot

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Ingredients In Zuppa Toscana Soup?

This zuppa toscana soup crockpot recipe features ingredients that are simple, hearty, and nourishing. Potatoes, onions, garlic, and kale are slow cooked for hours in a savory chicken broth along with spicy sausage and salty bacon. Heavy whipping cream is added at the very end, giving the soup an intense creamy richness.

Can You Freeze Crockpot Zuppa Toscana?

Definitely! You can keep any leftover crock pot Zuppa Toscana in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator or for up to 3 months in the freezer.

I think plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are the best way to go for freezing your leftover soup. Freezer bags are an option too, but I worry about leaks. Either way, cool the soup down completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers.

Stir the soup well and try to get an even amount of ingredients in each separate portion. Otherwise, you might end up with all the sausage in one bowl and all kale in the next.

For the best texture, thaw your Zuppa Toscana in the refrigerator overnight once you are ready to enjoy it again. Reheat gently, at a low temperature. Feel free to use your crockpot for this step!

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Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe

This Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot recipe makes a simple and scrumptious soup based off the famous Olive Garden favorite. Set it and forget it!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crockpot soup, slow cooker soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 217kcal


  • 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 water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • In a medium skillet, over medium heat, scramble fry the hot Italian sausage and bacon. Drain the fat.
  • 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.
  • Right before serving, add 1 cup of cream, stir and heat through.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3090IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
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16 comments on “Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe”

  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!

  8. This is one of my favorite soups! I’ve never tried it in the slow cooker, though… I’ll give it a whirl. Gorgeous recipe as always!

  9. Came across your blog, and I must say, it’s interesting. Posts like this are what makes this blog amazing, Randa. I really find this information very handy. Excited to read more similar contents from you in the future. More power!

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