July 15, 2012

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana: Just Like Olive Garden {Crock-Pot Recipe}

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Have you ever visited the Olive Garden and tried their Zuppa Toscana? This is one of my favorite soups to eat. Because I love it so much, I knew that I had to find a way in which I could copycat the recipe at home, so I did.

This may not be the exact recipe that they use in the restaurant (I don't use bacon in mine), but it is one that I have been making for my family for years and we all really enjoy it. I actually prefer to make this at home, because I have more control of how much meat, potatoes, and kale goes into it. In our home, the heartier the soup is, the better!


  • Two Packs of Ground Italian Sausage (I usually mix one pack of mild and one pack of hot, but you can alter to your liking.)
  • Two Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Onion (Optional. You can also add a teaspoon of onion powder, instead.)
  • 10 Red Potatoes (approximately), Washed and Cubed
  • 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup of Heavy/Whipping Cream (You can also use milk as a substitute)
  • A Bushel Of Kale, Washed and Chopped

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  1. Place water, chicken bouillons, minced garlic, and onions (if using) in the slow cooker.
  2. Brown the ground sausage in a pan, drain, and then add to the slow cooker
  3. Add cubed potatoes.
  4. Cook everything on high for about 4 hours or until potatoes are done.
  5. Prior to serving in bowls, stir in the heavy/whipping cream or milk to the slow cooker.
  6. Place soup into individual bowls and add the chopped kale right before serving.
  7. If desired, you may sprinkle some Romano or Parmesan cheese on top.

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Additional Notes: 

*If you can’t find ground sausage at your grocery store, you can purchase the regular Italian Sausage links and just squeeze the meat out into a pan to brown.

**You can always add the kale to the slow cooker right before placing the soup in serving bowls, but I only recommend doing so if you are not planning on having leftovers. If you are going to have leftovers soup, then adding the kale to each individual serving bowl, as mentioned above would be the better option. The crunchiness of the kale really complements this soup, but if you store leftovers with the kale already included, it will be quite soggy the next day. 

***The broth color with vary based on the sausage you use. In the photo, below, I used hot sausage, so the broth had more of an orange tinge.

I also love to make a batch of warm homemade bread for dipping, because it is so delicious! 

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Buon Appetito!

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The Suttons said...

That looks amazing!  I love that soup and the pasta e fagioli too.  Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to file it away under my "need to try" recipes :) 

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Enjoy! Please come back and let me know how you liked it. :-)

Frugal in WV said...

It looks yummy, I love soups! 

Lisa Kirby Carter said...

This looks delish.  I want to make it.  Do you think if I didn't add the garlic it would totally change the quality of the soup?  I personally love garlic but my daughter has an allergy and if I make it I would want it for dinner.  Just wondering...or I guess I could go to Olive Garden..its an excuse to eat out...LOL

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...


Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Hi Lisa! You could always omit the garlic. It won't make a huge difference. The seasoning from the sausage really gives this soup it's taste. Plus, if you add onion or onion powder, that gives it a little extra something. I hope this helps. :-)

Lisa said...

Oh my!  You have this Italian girl's mouth watering here!  :-)))  This looks so delicious!  I can't wait to try it.  Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!"  Many blessings, Lisa  http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com

Diane said...

I have been looking for a kale recipe. This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing this week at The Gathering Spot.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Diane!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Lisa! Enjoy!

Susie HomeMaker said...

That really sounds good! And not too difficult either. This is going on my to try out recipe list!

Alexandra Lindberg said...

This looks and sounds really yummy. And it definitely makes me want to visit Tuscany. :p Thank you for sharing!

Lois said...

Love this soup!  Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!  Please come back tomorrow to VOTE!  

Marlys @thisandthat said...

YUM!  I love zuppa toscana from Olive Garden.  Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

didis_wild said...

It's my favorite ultimate soup!!  Thank you so much, will definitely be trying this recipe.  Love the tip about the Kale as well!!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're so very welcome! Please come and let me know how you like it.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hope you enjoy! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Lois! Will do! Thank you for letting me share this on Foodie Friend Friday.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Ahhh, a trip to Tuscany...now that sounds so nice! Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Hi Susie! Enjoy! Please come back and let me know how it turned out.

Diane Balch said...

I don't know this soup, my sausage loving family will enjoy this. I will pin it too.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you, Dianne. If you love sausage, then you are probably going to really like this. Please stop by after you make it for your family and let me know what you think.

SarahCarletti said...

This sounds great and kale is such a super food. AND I have a slow cooker that works now! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you, Sarah. Kale is one of my favorite super foods. I even make salads with it. If you try this recipe, please come back and let me know. I would love to see how it turned out for you.

Ca4ole said...

thanks a bundle for linking this in to Food on Friday.  It looks really tasty.  Have a good week.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you for having me over! Enjoy!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

My favorite soup at Olive Garden is Zuppa Toscana! I love that you made a crockpot version! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week! I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Same, here! I had to find a a way to make it at home, because I enjoy that much. :-)

Thank you for stopping by!

Crafts onthego said...

I made a copycat version of the zuppa toscana a few weeks ago over the stove. I will have to try the slow cooker version just because i enjoy using it.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for stopping by! This is one of my absolute favorite soups! Making it in the slow cooker is great, because it's super easy, and you can get on with the rest of your day while dinner cooks. :-)

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