Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana


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!

close up view of Zuppa Toscana soup in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
43 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 3 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound Italian sausage (such as Jimmy Dean®), casings removed

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken broth

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon (such as Knorr®)

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 5 cups chopped cauliflower florets

  • 3 cups stemmed and chopped kale

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  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
23g Fat
17g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 2564mg 111%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 82mg 412%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 712mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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