Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Skinny Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

There is something so comforting about enjoy a nice bowl of soup on a snowy cold day and today is no exception. I'm totally over this Polar Vortex business and if it's not freezing cold then it is snowing. But what I would give for it to hit 40 degrees! Seriously.....it's the little things. Ha Ha! Anyway, I'm probably one of the few who hasn't had the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup. I've seen copycat recipes for it all over Pinterest though. I just had to give it a try for myself. My version is more diet friendly but it turned out great! My husband loved it and I see myself making this again soon!

Skinny Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup
Serves 6
Cal 244, Carbs 17, Fat 9.6, Fiber 2, Protein 20.8

12 oz. package italian turkey sausage (I used hot)
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups spinach
4 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/3 cup crumbled bacon bits
2 medium russet potatoes cut into chunks
1/2 tsp. salt

In a large saucepan brown sausage, onion, and garlic. Transfer to slow cooker. Pour in chicken broth and half and half. Add in the spinach, potatoes, salt, and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or on high for 6. About 15 minutes before serving stir in the bacon bits. Top with grated Parmesan if desired. Enjoy!


  1. Looks fab! Excited to try this healthier version!

  2. This looks just as good as the soup from Olive Garden! I used to work there and I had this soup all the time. Looks delish! We're stuck at home with very icy weather so a recipe like this would be perfect for tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm so glad you used HOT sausage- my absolute favorite! I love the way you adapted the recipe to make it healthier! Thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday!


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