Crock-Pot Zuppa Toscana

Crock-Pot Zuppa Toscana {via} - If you love the Zuppa Toscana soup at Olive Garden you are going to love this easy recipe you can make at home in your slow cooker!Crock-Pot Zuppa Toscana

If you like the Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Soup) at Olive Garden you are going to ♥♥♥Love♥♥♥ this recipe that you can make at home in your crock-pot. My husband actually made this for us the other night for dinner (served with a nice green salad and a baguette of bread. We are considering hosting an Italian inspired Thanksgiving dinner this year and serving this as the first course. It really is amazing!

Crock-Pot Zuppa Toscana

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Crock-Pot Zuppa Toscana


1 Lb. Ground Italian Sausage (sweet or spicy depending on your preference)
1 Lb. Bacon, Chopped
1 Quart Water
2 (14.5 Oz.) Cans Chicken Broth (or 3 2/3 cups homemade
4 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chopped into bite sized chunks (you can peel if you want to but we left the skins on)
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Cups Kale, Swiss Chard or Spinach, Roughly Chopped
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Salt & Pepper, To taste


  1. In a skillet brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you cook it, rinse and drain and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet brown bacon until crisp, drain and set aside.
  3. Place water, chicken broth, potatoes, onion, garlic, bacon, and sausage into crock-pot.
  4. Cover and cook 4-6 on low hours until potatoes are cooked fork tender.
  5. Add greens and whipping cream and stir to combine.
  6. Cover crock-pot and cook on low an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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  1. Charis says

    I made this recipe in my crockpot today exactly as it says above. It was absolutely delicious. My husband and my brother raved about it and had seconds. My husband asked if we could put it on the the menu rotation for Fall/Winter months. Thanks!!

  2. Lynell says

    I just made this yesterday and never really enjoyed Olive Garden’s but I really, really like this recipe. I cut everything in half because it’s just my husband and I now and didn’t want to eat it for days and days. Oh, yeah, I also wasn’t paying attention when I bought the greens and picked up turnip greens by mistake and you couldn’t tell the difference from them and the kale. Thanks for posting this!!

  3. cory says

    Fantastic recipe. My wife orders Zuppa Toscana every time she goes to Olive Garden. She suggested we make it at home for an alternative to the traditional Christmas dinner. It was so delicious! We had leftovers for days as there was only 2.5 of us but we didn’t care. This soup tastes even more delicious as leftovers. We’re pulling this recipe out again as we have a dinner party tonight. I do add more than two cups of Kale as I had plenty left and there seemed to be room for more in the crock pot. A highly recommend this recipe.

  4. Cary says

    I made this for a potluck and people actually took the crockpot out to pour the last drop of soup! I was so sad…I wanted leftovers.

    • says

      Your chicken bullion cubes should have conversion for cubes to broth ratio on the package. I would follow that.

      But as a general rule it is 1 cube + 1 cup of water = 1 cup chicken broth.

      Make sure you use low sodium bouillon cubes otherwise your dish may come out too salty.

  5. Kayla says

    I have some lactose intolerant friends. I wanted ideas before I made a whole batch, can I make this with coconut milk or any other dairy substitute? I understand the Constancy is different, but just thinking about what substitute would taste better.

    • says

      Without testing this recipe with dairy alternatives I cannot say for sure how it would turn out. However, given that the cream is added at the end of cooking on this soup I would think it should work OK however there will be a difference in consistency (as you mentioned) and probably flavor too. Let us know how it comes out if you give it a try Kayla!

  6. Dorothy says

    I try a lot of online recipes. This is the first one that exceeded my expectations. So yummy! Thanks for sharing!


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