Thursday, March 6, 2014


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zuppa (plural zuppe): one of several types of soup.

Yes, this is another post about soup.  I will most likely post a soup recipe at least once a week since it's such a staple in our household!  In my opinion, the only thing better than a hearty and healthy soup for dinner is one that can be cooked in the crock pot.

Enter Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana for the win!

This is a great recipe I stumbled upon in yet another of my Pinterest searches and I've altered it to fit my family's tastes.  Baby Knives loved it and gobbled down 2 bowls of it when I served it up this week, so I consider it a big win since she's in that lovely stage of toddlerhood where she loves a food one day and hates it the next.

Check out the recipe below (and the handy dandy printable link) and let me know what your favorite crock pot recipes are.  I trimmed down the original recipe and used turkey sausage and half and half instead of cream, so it's really a pretty healthy weeknight meal.  If you family isn't a fan of kale in soups, baby spinach would work well as a substitute with a milder flavor.

Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

1 lb. turkey sausage (I used mild because of Baby Knives, but a spicier sausage would work too)
2 large, peeled russet potatoes, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups kale or baby spinach, sliced into thin strips
6 cups chicken or veggie broth
1 cup half and half
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or season to taste)
Salt & pepper

Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat, adding in the dried basil and garlic powder, cooking until the sausage is no longer pink.

Add the sausage, potatoes, broth, garlic, onion and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper to the crock pot.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are tender.

Turn the crock pot off, season with cayenne pepper and add in the kale.  Put the lid back on and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, until the kale is wilted.

Stir in half & half and serve immediately. 

*Note: If you're using baby spinach instead of kale it won't take as long to wilt, more like 5 minutes.

Printable Recipe

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