Healthy Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Recipe

If you love Zuppa Toscana soup, you’ll love this Healthier Slow Cooker version of The Olive Garden’s famous soup! Made with spicy turkey sausage, kale, potatoes, and parmesan cheese, and without cream, it’s a hearty and delicious crockpot soup.
 Coursedinner, lunch
 Keywordslow cooker, soup, zuppa toscana
 Prep Time15minutes 
 Cook Time5hours 
 Total Time5hours  15minutes 
 Servings12 servings


  • slow cooker
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • large skillet
  • sieve


  • 1 pound Italian ground turkey sausage – use mild or medium
  • 1 medium white onion – diced
  • 3 teaspoon minced garlic – 2-3 cloves
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 4 medium potatoes – cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 113 g pkg instant mashed potatoes or potato flakes * I use Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon light or fat-free grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tablespoon  sweetened condensed milk  *I use Eagle brand as it’s less W-W points*


  • 2-4 slices chopped turkey bacon


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  • In a large frying pan, brown the crumbled Italian sausage over medium-high heat (4-5 minutes)
  • Drain sausage through a sieve to remove as much excess grease as possible.
  • Add the cooked ground turkey sausage, chicken broth, onions, potatoes, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to the slow cooker.

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    Cook on Low for 4-5 hours or High for about 2 hours(cooking times vary by slow cooker).

  • Once potatoes are tender and you can put a fork easily through them, stir in kale, milk, instant mashed potatoes (or potato flakes), and Parmesan cheese.

    Allow to cook for another 10 minutes on high or until thickened.

  • If desired, add additional chicken boillion (I added an additional 2-3 tbsp) or salt, and/or parmesan cheese to your taste preference.

    However, you may not need to do this- it will depend on how it tastes.


  • Garnish with chopped turkey bacon and additional crushed red pepper and/or parmesan cheese or black pepper (optional).


Nutrition Facts
📋Healthy Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 196Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 1144mg50%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2439IU49%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2439IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 5mg
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