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Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

If you love this classic favorite soup from a restaurant then you will love making your own at home! Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana is packed full of juicy sausage, tender potatoes and tons of flavor!

zuppa toscana in a bowl

What is zuppa toscana?

Some say Zuppa Toscana is a soup that originated from the region of Italy known as Tuscany. Some say it’s a “tuscan inspired” soup that originated from a popular Italian restaurant chain. Even though it may not necessarily be traditional Italian fare, this Zuppa Toscana is a hearty soup that uses the Italian spice palate. It’s made with sausage, bacon, and veggies that simmer in a cream base.

raw ingredients for zuppa toscana


Is Zuppa Toscana gluten-free? Yep! It sure is!

Can you make substitutions for any of the veggies? You can substitute some defrosted frozen spinach for the kale if you prefer the taste.


What’s the quickest way to prep ingredients for Zuppa Toscana? If you enjoy eating soups and make them often, I recommend getting yourself a multi-cooker.

What’s a multi-cooker? A multi-cooker is a handy-dandy kitchen appliance that allows you to use one pot to cook in more than 10 different ways. You can brown meat in the same pot that the soup simmers in. Simply put the meat in, brown it, then toss in the other ingredients and switch the cooking mode.

zuppa toscana in a slow cooker

Pro Tip

How can I make my Zuppa Toscana thicker? Easy! Simply whisk 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour with 2 tablespoons of water. Then, add that mixture to the soup and stir. Heat the soup for an additional 30 minutes on high. Your soup with thicken up nicely without sacrificing flavor.

overhead shot of zuppa toscana in a bowl

Serving Suggestions

What should I serve with Zuppa Toscana? As with most soups, a hearty side salad usually does the trick! Try one of these: Wedge Salad with Herbed Buttermilk Dressing, Orzo Salad, or Blueberry Salad. Your dinner is sure to be a true crowd-pleaser!

If you like Zuppa Toscana, give some of my other soups a try!

zuppa toscana in a bowl
zuppa toscana in a bowl

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Jennifer Draper
Make this tasty Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Recipe at home and save yourself the wait at the restaurant! Each hearty bowl of this delicious Italian-inspired soup is filled with sausage, potatoes, leafy kale, and a creamy broth.
4.79 from 28 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 646 kcal


  • skillet or multicooker
  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup frozen kale
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pieces thick-cut cooked bacon chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  • Add sausage to multi cooker or skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into crumbly pieces and cooking through
  • Transfer the sausage to the slow cooker
  • Scrub and dice potatoes and add them to slow cooker with diced onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes
  • Add kale and chicken broth, cover, and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours
  • Finally, stir in cream, cooked bacon, and salt and pepper to taste


  • Store leftover soup in the fridge for 3 days, or in Souper Cubes in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • If you choose sausage links with casing, remove it before crumbling the meat in the skillet.
  • To thicken the soup, whisk together a slurry of equal parts water and flour or cornstarch. Add 1 tablespoon at a time to the soup and allow it to heat thoroughly. Repeat as needed until you reach the desired thickness.


Calories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 24gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 1005mgPotassium: 778mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2119IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Made exactly as written. Surprising how easy AND wonderful it was. Unless you have a very hot slow cooker, I don’t think it’ll be done in 3 hours. Mine was perfect at a little over 4.

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