Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana


This Crockpot zuppa Toscana recipe is my version of the famous restaurant soup. Let everything simmer in a slow cooker for the flavors of Italy in every bite!

close up view of Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana in a bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 4 large russet potatoes, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and discarded, leaves torn into bite-size pieces

  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (Optional)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  2. Place potatoes in a slow cooker; add cooked sausage and onion mixture. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour in chicken broth and up to 2 cups water to completely cover potatoes. Stir soup gently and cover.

  3. Cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours or High for 3 to 4 hours.

  4. Pour in heavy cream and stir in kale to combine. Cover and cook on High until flavors are incorporated, about 30 minutes more. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
25g Fat
42g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 1275mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 107mg 534%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1234mg 26%

* 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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