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Light Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

posted by Julie Evink on January 11, 2016

Light Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe ~ A Delicious Copy Cat Recipe of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana But Even Better Because It’s Slow Cooked in Your Crock Pot and Lightened Up! Perfect Comfort Food Dinner!

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I learned something today. Apparently Miss K loves raw onions. Say what?! That’s right when I was chopping some onions for this Crock Pot Stuffing she kept asking if she could have some. I said no a few times then I started to get slightly annoyed so I said sure go ahead just make sure you have some water! Low and behold she goes YUM Mom! What…. then she asked for more. I was flabbergasted. This leads me to the questions do you love or hate onions? I’ve started to love them. It wasn’t like that all the time, but I have started sneaking them into dishes like Light Italian Shrimp & Rice Skillet or this Cheesy Southwest Chicken Soup.

My husband still grimaces when he sees me chopping the onions to put in supper, but it’s totally all in his head! I will say that I don’t like raw onion very much unless it’s in pico de gallo or something like that. Raw onions on top of my burger is a no no! I’ll make a note that Miss K LOVES onions and I should pile them high on her burger huh?


My hubs is a bit boring with his taste buds. I’m way more daring with ingredients, but compared to a lot of you I’m boring! Kale is another example if ones of those ingredients a lot of people might turn their nose up at. I was one of those people. That was until I ordered Zuppa Toscana Soup at Olive Garden. That was a game changer. I literally couldn’t get enough of it. It was something dreams were made out of. It hearty, comforting and has a zip to it.

It’s a pity that I live at least 2 hours from the closest Olive Garden. Therefore, as you might guess, I was not getting there very often to enjoy my beloved soup. Obviously I had to remedy that situation right?!

If you are like me and live in the middle of nowhere or would rather just enjoy this delicious soup at home this is your lucky day!

I recreated the Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe, plus I made it for your Crock Pot so you can come home to this soup after a long day at work, put your feet up and enjoy a big bowl of it because if you are like me some nights the last thing you want to do after work is make dinner!

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Light Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Serves 6 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 (19 oz) package Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1.5 lbs mini Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 c. chopped kale
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz reduced fat or fat free cream cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 6 sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 c. low fat milk


  1. Remove casing off of the sausage and cut each link in half lengthwise and crumble. Saute over medium heat in skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray with garlic and onions. Cook for 5 minutes or until sausage is cooked through.
  2. Combine all ingredients except flour and milk in 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low 4-5 ours or high 2-3 hours or until potatoes test done.
  3. 45 minutes before before serving combine flour and milk in small bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir into slow cooker with the rest of the soup. Cover and continue cooking until it has thickened slightly.


Recipe Notes

Every slow cooker heats at different rates. Please adjust cooking times accordingly.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 498kcal Calories from fat 210
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1239mg52%
Carbohydrate 36g12%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 36g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    One of my favorite soups! I’m definitely going to have to try this version! (And as if she eats raw onions!?! What?? Lol)

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