Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe is so delicious and the slow cooker makes it so easy. If you love Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, you are going to go crazy over this tasty recipe.

Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in a crock pot with a wooden spoon.

Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe

There is something so comforting and satisfying about eating a warm bowl of soup. The creaminess of this copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup crockpot recipe can’t be beat.

This soup is rich and creamy but not so heavy that you can’t enjoy it year round. The kale helps to lighten it up and make it the perfect soup to enjoy even in the warmer months.

The Italian sausage makes this soup hearty and delicious so that even those with big appetites will love this soup. You know the ones that turn their noses up at soup? Well, even they will love this soup.

Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe:

We love using our crockpot. We love to come home with the aroma of dinner cooking and this soup is no exception. The combination of the sausage, potatoes and kale make this copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup so amazing. Really all of Olive Garden Soups are amazing.

Our version taste so much better. I love remaking soups that I have at restaurants. We try to simplify the recipe with less ingredients. It just makes me feel better knowing what is in the soup recipe.

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A good crockpot is a must!

If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Instant Pot Aura cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker which is so convenient. It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become one of my favorite kitchen appliances.

I also really like this crockpot as well.  I use this all the time and it’s great. My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.

I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

Close up image of ingredients for Zuppa Toscana - Italian Sausage, minced garlic, onion, potatoes, salt and pepper, chicken broth, kale, heavy cream, parmesan cheese.

Ingredients needed for Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • Ground Italian sausage
  • Minced garlic
  • Onion
  • Russet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken broth or Chicken Stock
  • Kale
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese

How to make Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana:

  • First you need to brown the ground sausage before putting in the crock pot. Go ahead and add the onion and garlic to sausage. Make sure you drain the sausage on a paper towel to soak up the grease. This keeps the soup from getting to greasy.
  • Next, put the seasonings and potatoes in the crock pot with the cooked sausage.
  • Make sure everything is combined really well by stirring occasionally and cook on low.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, add the whipping cream and chopped kale.
  • It is optional but we love to top with Parmesan Cheese.
Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in a crock pot with a wooden spoon.

Variations to Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • We like to add small pieces of cooked bacon for even more flavor.
  • It reminds me of potato soup but heartier thanks to the sausage. You can even try using hot Italian sausage with crushed red pepper flakes for a little more heat. Most of the time, I will do half hot and half mild sausage.
  • I prefer using the crock pot but you can make this on the stove top in a large pot over medium high heat if you prefer.  Our family loves this soup!
  • You can also make this soup in the instant pot.
  • If you like a thicker soup, you can add more potatoes and once they are cooked mash some of them and add it back into the soup. You can also mix about a tablespoon of cornstarch with about two tablespoons of heavy cream and stir it in when you are adding the cream.
  • Don’t want to chop or peel potatoes, you can use frozen potatoes instead.

Do you have to use Kale?

You definitely do not have to use Kale. Even though kale isn’t everyone’s favorite it is actually delicious in this soup.

But if you prefer, you could use fresh spinach instead. I have used spinach before and it turned out just as good.

Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in a black bowl with a spoon in the soup.

What to serve with Zuppa Toscana Soup?

  • You definitely want something to dip into this amazing soup. We also love this Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe. They are perfect for dipping and so yummy. You can get every last drop of that delicious soup.
  • If you don’t have time to make bread sticks, grab some french bread from the bakery. Yum!
  • Make a big italian salad. I love having soup and salad for dinner.
  • You can also serve with some roasted vegetables
Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in a black bowl with two spoons.

How long is Zuppa Toscana good for in the refrigerator:

We love leftover soup. In my opinion it is even better the next day. If you store the soup in a sealed container, it can typically last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, place soup on the stove top over low heat until heat thoroughly.

We love having soup leftover for lunches. Especially when it is cold outside.

Can you Freeze Zuppa Toscana?

Yes, you can. We do not often have leftovers but when we do, I love to freeze it. We have found that because this soup has dairy it does tend to separate.

So if you plan on making this ahead of time, you can make the soup but don’t add the kale and cream. Just add the kale and cream once you have thawed the soup and it will turn out perfectly.

Soup is one of our favorite recipes to freeze. You can learn how to freeze soup and it will be life changing.

Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in crock pot with a wooden spoon.

Is this soup healthy?

This soup has some healthy ingredients in them that are loaded with vitamins and minerals. It also contains sausage and heavy cream. My rule it is all about moderation when making food choices.

If you would prefer to try and cut down on the fat, you can substitute the heavy cream with half and half. The soup won’t be as think and rich, but you it is still enjoyable. You can swap out the potatoes for chopped cauliflower.

We love recipes that you can adjust the ingredients to meet you dietary needs.

Close up image of Zuppa Toscana in a black bowl.


Tips for Crock pot Zuppa Toscana:

This recipe like many calls for diced onions. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes. This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Sometimes, I sauté the onion in a little olive oil before putting in the crockpot but that is optional.

Print this Zuppa Toscana Crock Pot Recipe below:

Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

5 from 18 votes
Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe is so tasty and the crockpot makes it simple. If you love Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, you are going to really enjoy this.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 45 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Soup
Calories 563
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 4 russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (for topping)

Instructions

  • Brown the ground sausage in a large skillet and drain off any remaining fat from the pan.
  • Add the ground sausage to the slow cooker. I
  • Place in the minced garlic, onion, potato, salt, pepper, and broth.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours on low or on high for 2.5-3 hours until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Stir in the whipping cream and the chopped kale. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or on high for 15 minutes until the kale is cooked through.
  • Stir and serve.
  • Top with parmesan cheese when serving and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate any leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 563kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 20g, Fat 41g, Saturated Fat 19g, Cholesterol 115mg, Sodium 1081mg, Potassium 1008mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 1565IU, Vitamin C 21.9mg, Calcium 130mg, Iron 2.6mg

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  1. Just wondering if you could substitute frozen diced hash brown potatoes and, if so, how much do you think?

  2. We love this recipe as is, however I’m curious to see if it will taste as great substituting cauliflower for the potatoes for a healthier version? Would the cooking time change?

  3. 5 stars
    My favorite soup. I love the Italian sausage. I use a handful of chopped spinach instead of kale because I usually have spinach in the freezer. So delicious and easy to make.

  4. 5 stars
    I have made this several times and each time it is even better than the first time. Recently shared it with a few close friends for a luncheon and the raves were beyond compare. Can’t thank you enough for sharing such an awesome recipe. This isn’t the first recipe I have made and will definitely not be the last. Thank you again!!!!!!