Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup – An incredibly flavorful italian soup! Sausage, potatoes, kale, and onions slow cooker together with a creamy broth and delicious blend of spices. This Olive Garden copycat recipe is a great way to feed a crowd and is so easy to make!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

It’s Freaky Friday time again! This time, it is our Winter Edition and I am so excited to share my zuppa toscana soup recipe from Bowl Me Over with you guys! Freaky Friday is where a bunch of bloggers are all assigned different blogs and we make a recipe from their site to share! None of us know who is assigned to our site so it ends up a fun surprise and a great way to get to know each other and our sites better! It is organized by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and it’s so fun!

For this round, I was assigned Bowl Me Over and I was so excited! Debra is an amazing person who is passionate about giving back to the community and volunteering which is so incredible plus she is a foodie too the core with fantastic recipes that I can’t wait to try like her Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup (I have all of the ingredients for that, definitely making that next week!), Korean Style Beef Broccoli Rice Bowl, and Cranberry Orange Granola! If you haven’t been to her site before, go check it out!

As soon as I saw this zuppa toscana recipe in her archives, I knew this was what I had to make! I had been dying to try making zuppa toscana for a while now and her recipe was super easy and approachable so I gave it a try! This soup is seriously AMAZING! It is packed with so much flavor and it is super easy to make! The biggest change I made was I transformed it into a slow cooker meal! I am obsessed with my slow cooker and use it as often as I can, especially when it comes to soups.  I just love have all of the flavor soak into together all day while the meal cooks.

The first time I had zuppa toscana at Olive Garden many years ago and was just blown away by it. Making it at home as an Olive Garden copycat recipe is so much cheaper and it feeds a crowd!

Tips on slow cooker zuppa toscana soup recipe

  • If you want to make it even spicier, you can do up to 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes.  I used about 1/8 tsp and it was on the edge of my super low spice threshold so don’t go too overboard!
  • I used THIS slow cooker, it worked great!
  • If you don’t want to use a slow cooker, check out the original recipe HERE.
  • You can substitute kale for spinach.
  • Turkey sausage is a great substitute for the italian sausage.
  • Top it with parmesan and some bacon! Adding a bit of cheese takes this soup to the next level and you really can’t got wrong with bacon!
  • I used heavy whipping cream because I wanted to make it a bit thicker but the original recipe calls for half and half.  Either will work great.

Check out all of the other amazing Freaky Friday recipes!

A Dish of Daily Life – Cucumber Salsa

An Affair from the Heart – Arancini (Three Cheese Fried Risotto Balls)

A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Bacon Fatte – Spiced Bakery Style Ginger Pear Muffins

Bowl Me Over – Beef Tips and Gravy

The Devilish Dish – Chocolate Covered Snickers Strawberries

Full Belly Sisters – Easy Crockpot Cesar Chicken

LeMoine Family Kitchen – Frittata Ranchera Black Bean Salad

Life Currents – Garlic Sesame Noodles

Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Low Carb Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Mildly Meandering – Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Plattertalk – Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Seduction in the Kitchen – Reuben Meatball Casserole

Take Two Tapas – BLT Bacon Cups with Avocado

The Foodie Affair – Pineapple Bread Pudding

West Via Midwest – Spicy Smoke Sauced Shrimp

Who Needs a Cape? – Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

5 from 11 votes

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup - An incredibly flavorful italian soup! Sausage, potatoes, kale, and onions slow cooker together with a creamy broth and delicious blend of spices. This Olive Garden copycat recipe is a great way to feed a crowd and is so easy to make!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/2 lbs italian sausage mild
  • 1/3 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped


  1. In a large pan, brown sausage over medium heat with garlic and onions.  Drain off extra grease before transferring to large slow cooker.

  2. Add sausage, onions, garlic, diced potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the slow cooker.  Set to HIGH and cook for 3-4 hours or LOW and cook for 5-6 hours.

  3. 30 minutes before serving, pour in heavy whipping cream and kale.  Stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bowl Me Over

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Check out my Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Slow Cooker Turkey Dumpling Soup!

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  • Reply
    February 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    That is a bowl of deliciousness! The potatoes are screaming EAT ME! And that hearty sausage. So yummy looking.

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    Debra @Bowl Me Over
    February 24, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Oh this soup is amazing and I love you transformed it into a slow cooker recipe, brilliant! Thank you for the kind words and sharing and just everything!! I’m just so happy you loved this soup as much as we do, your photographs are beautiful!!!

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    February 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    One of my favorite soups! This looks so comforting!

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    debi at Life Currents
    February 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

    This looks like the perfect dinner for these chilly days. Keep you warm on the inside!

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    Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish
    February 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I”m a big fan of soup and this one looks so rich and delicious!

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    February 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    This is one of my favorite soups but Ive never had it at home…. going to fix this very soon!

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    February 25, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Such great flavors! I love a hearty soup and I love that you made this even easier by using the slow cooker! What fun!! Cant wait to give this soup a go!

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    Sandra Shaffer
    February 25, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Adding this to my meal plan this week. Love that you can make this in a slow cooker. It looks scrumptious!

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    February 26, 2018 at 12:12 am

    We’re such huge soup fans here! I hardly ever make them in the slow cooker though, so I am definitely going to have to try this!

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    February 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    All I need is a big spoon and a few dozen breadsticks and this pot of soup will be destroyed!

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    February 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I love that you made a slow cooker version, I rarely make soup in the crockpot so I love getting new recipes!

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    February 26, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This soup looks wonderful! I love the fact that you’ve turned it into a slow cooker recipe… I bet the house smelled amazing while it was cooking. Looking forward to trying it!

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    Michaela Kenkel
    February 27, 2018 at 12:23 am

    This is my FAVORITE soup on the planet!! I love that you made it in the crock pot!! Totally trying this!

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    Lori Vachon
    February 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Going to snow here again, tomorrow and this soup has found me at the perfect time! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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