Slow Cooker Toscana Soup Made Lighter

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 101)

Are you a fan of Olive Garden’s Soup and Salad special?

My mom and I are.

So Olive Garden is a frequent choice when we meet for lunch.

This slow cooker toscana soup is a lighter, healthier, easier adaptation of their famous Zuppa Toscana.

Crock Pot Toscana Soup

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

I substituted hot Italian-style turkey sausage for pork sausage and nonfat evaporated milk for cream.

I have nothing against pork sausage and cream. In fact, I love them both.

But it’s January. And after a month or more of frequent feasting, it feels good to lighten up where I can.


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Slow Cooker Toscana Soup Made Lighter
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This slow cooker toscana soup is an easy, light and healthy adaptation of Olive Garden's famous Zuppa Toscana
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage links
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • 5-1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups chopped kale (tough stems discarded**)
  • ½ cup nonfat evaporated milk
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Brown the sausage in a nonstick skillet and transfer to a cutting board. When the links are cool enough to handle, slice them ½-inch thick and add to the slow cooker. (I used my 4-Quart.)
  2. Cut the potatoes into quarters lengthwise. And then cut the quarters into thin slices.
  3. Add the potatoes to the slow cooker.
  4. Stir in the chicken stock, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
  6. Fifteen to 20 minutes before serving, stir in the chopped kale and evaporated milk and cook until the kale wilts and soup is heated through.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Martha's Notes
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1-1/3 cups): 175 calories, 6.1 g fat, 16.7 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 14.4 g protein and *5 Points Plus

**Be sure to remove the tough stems and ribs from the kale before chopping.

Source: Slightly adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

If you liked slow cooker toscana soup you might also like:

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage
Lentils, Sausage and Kale
Lentil Swiss Chard Soup

*PointsPlus® for slow cooker toscana soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. Taryn says

    FABULOUS!!!!!! Absolutely loved this soup exactly as is. No changes to the recipe necessary! I will definitely save this one.

  2. Kate says

    I’ve been searching for a low calorie version of this soup & I believe I’ve found it! Thanks for publishing this recipe!

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