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Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana

Rated as 4.71 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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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...

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 ...

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...

I made this exactly like the recipe and it is amazing! Make sure you use the spicy sausage. Tastes just like the Olive Garden version

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...

I use a whole bundle of swiss chard instead of kale. The texture is far better. I will use radishes in place of potatoes. My kiddo's actually now prefer radishes to potatoes in soups and roasts!

Great soup. I didn't have cauliflower on hand, so used kale, 2 carrots, a couple of mini bell peppers and a bunch of mushrooms and half an onion. I also subbed heavy whipping cream for the hal...

Family favorite!

It’s delicious!