Better Than Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana (Whole30 and Paleo Friendly)

Updated on May 28, 2019
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Hands-On Time: 30 minutes

Total Prep Time: 4-8 hours (depending on how high you set your crockpot)

Servings: 6

Dietary Restrictions: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant

What’s better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day?

Walking in the door and finding it’s already prepared, of course! This crockpot Zuppa Toscana is perfect for chilly days when you want to prepare dinner ahead of time. Bonus: It will make your house smell like an Italian villa.

I created this recipe during my husband's and my first Whole30 (which took place after white potatoes were infamously added to the approved foods list). Its perfectly balanced flavors made it the first Whole30 dish that my husband fell in love with. I even prefer this recipe to Olive Garden’s version!

Two items to be careful about if you are eating Paleo or Whole30 are the bullion and ground sausage, as these can sometimes contain sneaky, non-compliant ingredients. You can use homemade bullion or substitute compliant broth for the water. Any sausage made by Aidell’s or Applegate farms is usually a safe choice.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. bullion
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 8 small gold potatoes
  • 5 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Set your crockpot to low and add water, vegetable bullion, and coconut milk. Whisk together until no clumps of separated coconut cream remain.
  2. On the stove, sauté diced onion until translucent. Then add in sausage and cook until brown and barely crispy.
  3. Add the cooked meat and onions, diced potatoes, and chopped kale to the crockpot. (If this seems like an obscene amount of kale, don’t worry. It cooks down significantly.)
  4. Add in salt and spices.
  5. Let simmer in crockpot on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.


This crockpot Zuppa Toscana is perfect for chilly days when you want to prepare dinner ahead of time. Bonus: It will make your house smell like an Italian villa!
This crockpot Zuppa Toscana is perfect for chilly days when you want to prepare dinner ahead of time. Bonus: It will make your house smell like an Italian villa!

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      • AHreha profile imageAUTHOR

        Abigail Hreha 

        6 months ago from Oregon

        That’s so great!!! I would love to go there sometime!!

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        6 months ago

        This article reminded me of winter in Tuscany and this type of soup would definitely have been on the menu.


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