Nothing is as comforting as a good bowl of soup. This CopyCat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana packs a little heat, filling potatoes, and a creamy broth – made in your slow cooker, ready when you walk in the house. 

Copycat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana | Kita Roberts

This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s a double header this week of kicking recipes to save you some big moolah at the market. If you are anything like me, a trip to the market without an action plan can lead to cart overload. Filled with things I am not going to use and spending way too much money while trying to hide the candy wrapper evidence as I pack it all into my car.

However, if I head in like Batman leading the Justice League, action plan ready and spry on my feet, I am faster and far more efficient. Plus, I don’t waste as much cash through the week, with meals pretty much ready for me when I walk in. Oh, and let’s talk about life choice skills. When they are there for you, it’s totally unacceptable to wind up knee-deep in deep-fat fries and a double patty to go.

So pretty much what I am saying is, shop smart and you will save money and be all sorts of healthy. Wish I would have acted on that a lot sooner in life.

I challenged myself to 4 family meals (feeding 4) for under $25 – and the results were delicious and (pretty shockingly) healthy. I made meatless enchiladas, this soup, epic pizza baked potatoes, and a classic sheet pan chicken. If you watch your sales flyers, you can splurge for some chorizos and make those enchiladas even zestier. Or whip up a batch of slow cooker bean and bacon soup on a dime too!

Copycat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana | Kita Roberts

For all four recipes, check out and this week as they go live. 4 meals. $25 bucks.

I call that winning.

Other Recipes Featured in this meal plan:
Meatless Potato and Bean Enchiladas
Baked Pizza Hasselback Potatoes
Sheet Pan Baked Chicken and Potatoes

CopyCat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Copycat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana | Kita Roberts
When it comes to comfort food, this slow cooker zuppa toscana is it! Rich, creamy, and begging to be devoured!


  • 1 lbs ground hot sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 4 russet potatoes cleaned and diced
  • 1 teas thyme
  • ½ teas basil
  • 1/2 teas rosemary
  • 1/2 teas oregano
  • ½ teas red pepper flakes if desired
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 bunch kale stemmed and chopped
  • Grated mozarella for garnish


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage.
  • When just browned, add the cloves garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Drain the fat from the skillet and spoon into a large slow cooker.
  • Pour the broth and water into the slow cooker.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery and potatoes.
  • Stir in the thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, and red pepper flakes (if your family likes a little heat).
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Before serving, add the evaporated milk and kale to the slow cooker.
  • Stir to combine and allow the kale to wilt a bit and the milk to heat through.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with grated mozzarella for garnish.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts

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  1. In the ingredients list for ” Copy Cat Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana “,two cloves garlic is mentioned in one spot then shortly after that two garlic cloves is mentioned. Is one of these a misprint?