Crockpot Zuppa Toscana

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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This easy Crockpot Zuppa Toscana is a creamy Tuscan soup full of Italian sausage, kale, potatoes, and Parmesan. It’s hearty, creamy, and perfect for the colder months! There’s a step-by-step recipe video down in the recipe card, too!

For more delicious soup recipes, check out my Sausage Tortellini SoupItalian Sausage Gnocchi SoupHam and Potato Soup, and my Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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I faintly remember those days when I used to go to Olive Garden for the Zuppa Toscana (all you can eat soup and breadsticks? Sign me up!).

But life gets busier and we need all the easy meals around here!

Since having kids, I’ve learned to make and enjoy more of our favorite restaurant meals at home, including this creamy soup. 

This easy Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup is as delicious as the original recipe, if not better!

It’s made with simple ingredients and minimal effort, so it’s perfect for a lazy weekend or prepping for the end of a busy day. 

This delicious copycat soup is one of our favorite things to dip large chunks of bread into in the fall!

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Why we love this Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup:

  • The Italian sausage is loaded with herbs and spices, which cuts down on the extra ingredients required!
  • It’s got just the right amount of spice and sweetness (again, thanks Italian sausage!)
  • Aside from browning the meat, I can just dump it and go, which is perfect for busy weeknights.
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Zuppa Toscana Ingredients:

slow cooker zuppa toscana ingredients needed.
  • Sausage: use mild or spicy Italian sausage meat without the casings.
  • Onion & Garlic: use freshly chopped onion and freshly minced garlic.
  • Broth: I always use a low-sodium chicken broth, as it adds a depth of flavor and allows me to control the salt content of the dish better.  
  • Potatoes: Russet or gold potatoes will work well here, but you can try other kinds of potatoes if you like. If you use smooth-skinned potatoes you can skip the peeling!
  • Salt & Pepper: simple seasonings of salt and black pepper will give this dish a great flavor. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes: a simple way to add some extra spice to this dish. 
  • Cream: Use heavy cream or 10-30% cream for the best creamy flavor and texture. 
  • Kale: chop the kale before you add it to the soup so you don’t end up with big clumps at the end.
  • Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese is perfect for this soup. 

How to Make Crockpot Zuppa Toscana Soup

  1. Saute: Brown the sausage and onion in a pan.
  2. Add garlic: Add garlic to the pan and stir.
  1. Put in pot and cook: Add the sausage mixture, broth, potatoes, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes to the Slow Cooker and cook.
  2. Mix in everything else: Stir in the kale, cream, and Parmesan and serve!

Zuppa Toscana Soup FAQs

How do you thicken Zuppa Toscana Soup?

Zuppa Toscana is meant to be a creamy broth but if you prefer it thicker, you can mash some of the potatoes or add a cornstarch slurry to it. Mash potatoes with a potato masher, or blend the soup a bit with an immersion blender.
For the slurry, whisk together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Once the mixture is smooth, whisk small amounts into the soup until thickened to your liking. 

How do I store Zuppa Toscana Soup?

Store leftover Zuppa Toscana in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop until piping hot.

Can you freeze Zuppa Toscana Soup?

Freeze this soup for up to 1 month. The texture of potatoes will change with freezing and defrosting, so if that is something that bothers you, I’d advise against it. To reheat it, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and warm on the stove or in the microwave.

Tips and Notes

  • Dutch Oven. You can make this Zuppa Toscana Soup in a Dutch oven or soup pot if you prefer. Take a look at my Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe for more information. 
  • Kale texture. We prefer the texture of kale with more bite, so we stir it in near the end of the cook time. If you want, you can always add it to the slow cooker at the beginning but it will be softer.
bowl of crockpot zuppa toscana with bread in the background and spoon in bowl.

Crock pot Zuppa Toscana Soup Variations

  • Bacon. Lots of recipes for Zuppa Toscana include bacon, but I find it an unnecessary addition. If that’s your thing, feel free to cook some up in the same pan you fry your sausage and add it to the slow cooker (or save your crispy bacon to sprinkle on top to garnish).
  • Swap the kale. You can swap the kale for spinach if that’s what you have on hand, but spinach isn’t as tough as kale, so I would add it right before serving it. 
  • Cream. If you want to use a lighter dairy option, you can swap the heavy cream for evaporated milk. I don’t recommend low-fat milk, as it can curdle when added alone to hot liquid.
  • Change the meat. Swap the Italian sausage for ground beef or even ground turkey sausage, if preferred. Bear in mind that Italian sausage is heavily seasoned, so if you use another meat, you will want to add more seasonings yourself!
  • Add more veggies. Add more veggies to the soup for more nutrients and color. Sauté some peppers, mushrooms, or any other veggies with the onion and Italian sausage. Or you can add veggies with more structure, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots, when you add the potatoes.
  • Low-carb. To make this soup a low-carb option, use cauliflower instead of potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

​Zuppa Toscana soup is comforting and filling all on it’s own, but we love dipping some bread in there to soak up all the juices!

Try these Homemade Breadsticks (Olive Garden Copycat), my No Knead Artisan Bread, or this classic Garlic Bread

You can also serve some yummy sides with the soup like these Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks, or veggies like my Air Fryer Green Beans, or Roasted Carrots

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Crockpot Zuppa Toscana

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This easy Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana is a creamy Tuscan soup full of Italian sausage, kale, potatoes, and Parmesan. It's hearty, creamy, and perfect for the colder months! There's a step-by-step recipe video down in the recipe card, too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 4 servings
Calories 579cal


  • 375 grams Italian sausage meat without casings, mild or spicy (¾ lb)
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • lbs Russet or gold potatoes about 4 medium, peeled and diced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes optional, for extra spice
  • ¾ cup cream (10-30% will work fine)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large frying pan, brown the Italian sausage with the onion over medium-high heat (4-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the sausage mixture, broth, potatoes, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes to the Slow Cooker (4-6 quarts).
  • Cook on Low for 4-5 hours or High for about 2 hours (cooking times vary by slow cooker).
  • Once potatoes are tender, stir in kale, cream, and Parmesan.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.


Store: Store leftover Zuppa Toscana in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave stovetop until piping hot.
Freeze: Freeze this soup for up to 1 month. The texture of potatoes will change with freezing and defrosting, so if that is something that bothers you, I’d advise against it. To reheat it, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight and warm it on the stove or in the microwave.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 422grams | Calories: 579cal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 1303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3445IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Janet Bradley says

    I love your recipes, but have a small request. Could you please also convert grams to pounds when it comes to meats?

    Thanks a million ;o}

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Janet! I try to include as much information in a recipe as possible, but sometimes I forget. If in doubt, Google is helpful at converting grams to pounds if I have missed something.

  2. Mary B. Milne says

    I would wash them, and put them in a bowl with olive oil and garlic salt and then cook in microwave for about 10 minutes and then thread them on wooden screwers and grill on the BBQ. Then serve with sour cream. out of this world.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I really can’t say as I’ve never used almond flour. If you’re looking to substitute something for the flour that’s gluten free I would using a mixture of equal parts corn starch and water — start with a small amount and add gradually. Hope that helps!

  3. Dawn Neal says

    I would lI’ve to try this recipe.

    Besides using the potatoes for this recipe, I love to make New England boiled dinners and beef stews with the creamer potatoes.

  4. Akika Coston says

    I love the recipe you have posted. It was also one of my favorites from the Garden. LOL
    I would make Ultimate smashed potatoes. My family loves smashed potatoes with the garlic, bacon and cheese! Love your blog!

  5. Angela Restad says

    I would go to my grandmas and help her make her potato soup because she can not do it by herself any more and she loves potato soup.

  6. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    I’ve never made a potato soup before, or even had one where the potatoes weren’t blended up. This soup looks just fantastic though so I need to make it soon. Especially since it’s in the slow cooker! And because I have some of those potatoes in my pantry right now, and have been slightly addicted to slow cooker soups lately! 🙂

  7. Carol M says

    Oh I think I would try the recipe that is featured.

    I make one that is quite similar and it’s my favourite soup, maybe this one will become my fave.

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Michele Moore says

    I recently started making a recipe called Parmesan Red Potatoes. It is made in a Crockpot. The recipe is as follows:
    Parmesan Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
    by Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

    I love a good slow cooker recipe. In addition, this is a GOOD slow cooker recipe.

    Parmesan red potatoes in the slow cooker only need to cook between 3 and 4 hours on high, depending on your slow cooker.

    The quick cooking time means I can get everything in the slow cooker before picking up the kids from school. Then, when all the after school lessons and activities are done, the potatoes are ready for dinner!
    Start by scrubbing your red potatoes and then cutting them into about 2 inch pieces. I’m not a perfect chopper and they still turn out just fine.

    I really think grating fresh lemon zest and Parmesan cheese makes a big flavor difference in this recipe.

    The aluminum foil wrap helps the potatoes cook faster and protects them from burning. It doesn’t hurt that it makes clean up easier as well!
    Try this the next time you need a make-ahead side dish. We love these potatoes and hope you do too!

    Parmesan Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

    3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
    ¼ cup EVOO
    4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    1 Tablespoon lemon juice
    1 Tablespoon dried parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Line your slow cooker with a large sheet of aluminum foil.
    2. In a large bowl, toss red potatoes with olive oil, ½ Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and parsley.
    3. Add potatoes to slow cooker and seal aluminum foil around them.
    4. Cook on high 3-4 hours or until fork tender.
    5. Toss with remaining Parmesan and then season with salt and pepper before serving.

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    Please try this recipe…it is delightful.

  9. Cindy A. says

    I would make a simple potato soup sprinkled with bits of bacon and cheddar cheese. Side note: I would be lost without my fabulous slow cooker. No kidding! I make everything from stew to fruit butters in it.

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