Slow cooker version of a famous restaurant soup. Easy taste of Italy brought home.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 hrs 38 mins
total:
5 hrs 53 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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; saute until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

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  • Place potatoes in a slow cooker (such as Crock Pot®). Add the cooked sausage and onion mixture. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour chicken broth on top. Add up to 2 cups water to cover potatoes fully. Stir soup gently. Cover and cook on Low until potatoes are fork-tender, 5 to 6 hours.

  • Pour heavy cream into the soup. Stir in kale to combine. Cover and cook on High until flavors are incorporated, about 30 minutes more. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Note:

You can also cook on High for 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

447 calories; protein 15.8g; carbohydrates 42.3g; fat 24.8g; cholesterol 78.2mg; sodium 1275.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (48)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2018
Love it!!! Super easy to make. Felt like I could have cut the potatoes a little smaller, and added more salt. Took 5.5 hours on low in crockpot, this may have been because of the potato size. My husband and mother in law loved it as well. Definitely making this one again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2019
It was ok. I used hot Italian turkey sausage instead of pork. But there is absolutely no reason to use a crock pot. This cooked up in 1/2 hour. If I m going to brown the onions and the sausage why dirty another pot? It doesn t need to cook for 5 hours. Read More
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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2018
Love it!!! Super easy to make. Felt like I could have cut the potatoes a little smaller, and added more salt. Took 5.5 hours on low in crockpot, this may have been because of the potato size. My husband and mother in law loved it as well. Definitely making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2018
I substituted ground Italian pork sausage and it was fantastic! I probably added more onion, garlic and kale as well. Family and friends were impressed. Can’t wait to make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2019
I ve been making Zuppa Toscana for years. I use mild Italian sausage and bump the heat with chili flakes. I also cook bacon until crisp then cook the onions and sausage in the fat. I drain the fat when done. I cook kale until just barely cooked. And if I have a Parmesan rind I add that to the broth for extra flavor. My family loves it. Agree no need to use a slow cooker as it doesn t take long to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2018
Great recipe and yummy. Here are the changes I made used Swiss Chard. as I had on hand. Replaced the sausage with Turkey sausage replaced the cream (who needs the fat) with 1 cup of 2% milk. Having the leftovers tonight so added 2 cans of whole clams with their juice so it'll be like clam chowder with a twist. Serving it with crusty French bread. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2019
It was ok. I used hot Italian turkey sausage instead of pork. But there is absolutely no reason to use a crock pot. This cooked up in 1/2 hour. If I m going to brown the onions and the sausage why dirty another pot? It doesn t need to cook for 5 hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2018
Best soup ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2018
I decided not to use the cream at the end and it still turned out amazing! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/11/2019
The consistency and taste was off. It looked and tasted like milk was added to water. Not at all like the Olive Garden Zuppa Tuscana soup unfortunately. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2019
Delicious! Def a keeper. Followed recipe to exactness and turned out perfect. Read More
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