Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana


20 min.


4 hr.

Serving Size

5 servings

Great Tastes of Manitoba 2021-2022


  • 4 Italian sausages, without casings, mild or spicy (~3/4 lb)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) minced garlic
  • 3 cups (750 mL) low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 medium russet or gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped kale
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)


1. In a large frying pan, brown the Italian sausage with the onion over medium-high heat (4-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add sausage mixture, broth, potatoes, kale (or if you prefer more texture save to add with the cream at the end), salt and pepper to a 4-6 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2 hours (cooking times vary by slow cooker).
2. Once potatoes are fork tender, stir in cream, parmesan cheese and optional red pepper flakes. Add kale if not already in the soup. Cook for another 30 minutes to heat through before serving.



  • When the soup is ready, use an immersion blender to blend the soup for a creamy soup.
  • For extra spice add red pepper flakes.