Zuppa Toscana (Thick)

Elizabeth Lancaster


My kids LOVE Olive Garden and their soups and breadsticks! But for a family of five that tends to be a bill of $65 Plus dollars to eat out for one night! I can buy groceries for a week and a half on $65!! So I thought, turn pandora on and play some Authentic Italian Music and make some soup and breadsticks! They Loved it!!! It was a major hit! Now I have decided to make more dinner nights fun with playing the theme music of the main dish we are dining on, to have a culture experience in our own home! I hope the soup is to your liking and you can bring a little Italy home to your dinner table!


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8-10 people
1 Hr
5 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1/2 lb
    hot and spicy italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb
    regular or sweet italian sausage
  • 1/2 c
    real bacon(chopped)
  • 1 small
    onion (minced)
  • 2 clove
    minced garlic
  • 32 oz
    chicken broth
  • ·
  • 4 large

  • 1/2 bunch
    kale (or swiss chard) :destem & cut/torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    heavy cream
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Zuppa Toscana (Thick)


  1. You can do one of two ways, crock pot or Dutch oven, I did the dutch oven!
  2. Brown sausage in skillet,add garlic and onion and saute til golden brown.
  3. Add chicken broth,cubed potatoes,bacon
    Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat. If using a Crock pot, Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.
  4. 30 minutes before serving:
    Mix flour into cream removing lumps,add cream and kale to the crock pot, stir. Cook on high(Crock Pot) 30 minutes or stovetop on Med/high (stirring constantly) until broth thickens slightly.
    Add salt, pepper
  5. Like I said, this recipe I have adapted for my family ( we like thicker soups) if you prefer yours more watery,add equal amounts of broth and water til you reach the thickness your family desires!
    Serve with Bread sticks and enjoy!!!!!

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About Zuppa Toscana (Thick)

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Restaurant Inspired

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