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Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"I was looking for a low-carb option of one of our favorite soups. The cauliflower soaks up the flavor and my hubby didn't notice that it wasn't potatoes!"
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1 h 3 m servings 349
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Cook the Italian sausage in a large pot over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off grease and transfer sausage to a plate.
  2. Cook bacon to the same pot until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and drain, leaving about 2 teaspoons of bacon grease in the pot. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Return sausage and bacon back into the pot; stir in chicken broth, water, and bouillon cube. Season with pepper and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and simmer until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add kale and half-and-half; simmer until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I cut the bacon into the pot with a pair of scissors. They will break apart as they cook.
  • You can skip the water and bouillon by adding enough chicken stock to equal 5 cups. I like the flavor that the bouillon adds to the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 349 calories; 22.5 17.1 20.2 58 2564 Full nutrition

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This turned out really tasty! I added some herbs. I used spinach instead of kale and a little less cauliflower than it called for. I threw some mushrooms in too. Overall very good and I’ll be ma...

Very good, easy too! I used 1 1/2 lb Italian sausage w/giardinierre. I used chopped fresh spinach, instead of kale. I used a large head of cauliflower, chopped, and I didn't measure to see if...

Loved this! I follow a ketogenic lifestyle and this is perfect! The only change I made was to use heavy cream instead of half and half. This makes huge portions, so I ended up slitting it into ...

Very tasty and great on my diet! We love cauliflower.

I doubled the meat since I have a family of boys. This made a lot more than 6 servings. My family loves this soup with the potatoes so we tried the low carb version and it was just as good.

I switch the order to cook the meat and cook the bacon first, then the sausage. I also use my homemade sausage and use two pounds instead of 1. Another way to boost flavor is to roast the caulif...

Easy soup, and very tasty Added tarragon and the flavor suits the soup's mixture well.