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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup is a delicious and hearty homemade meal that is so simple to make in your crock pot!

Our home is filled with lots of laughter… and lots of food.

With three active boys, there is an endless supply of both under my roof.

And never a dull moment.

And I’m so thankful for it.

We spend a lot of time together in the kitchen and gathered around the dining table.

My three busy bear cubs put away so.much.food.

It doesn’t seem possible how much they consume. Where do they put it all!?

Because of this, I’m always trying out new easy recipes that will fill them up.

Until snack time. Which starts five minutes after the dishes are done. But I digress.

Today, I’m sharing a soup recipe that we all enjoy year round — you make it with sausage, cheese and lots of love — and it comes together easily in the slow cooker.

Plus, it’s bright and colorful.

Easy, beautiful, delicious… the stuff my dreams are made of. The best!

Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

This post is sponsored by Walmart and SheKnows Media.

Like I said, we spend a lot of time in our kitchen and dining room.

There are dance parties in the kitchen during meal prep and dishes.

These always start with enthusiastic games of “rock, paper scissors” to determine who gets to decide the playlist for our dance party.

Gathered at the dining table, there are conversations about our days, what we’re thankful for, what was hard… and inevitably, a fart joke winds itself in.

Because, boys.

These are memories that are precious and dear to me.

I try to capture each moment and commit it to memory for always.

Because my boys love food — and so does mama — there’s always a debate about what to have for each meal.

I want a wholesome, yummy meal that doesn’t require me slaving away that everyone will love. Kind of a tall order.

Enter this slow cooker Tuscan soup!

Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

Making soup in a slow cooker is such a simple way to get dinner on the table without a lot of fuss.

I can bring it together earlier in the day and then skip the usual busy hassle that ensues at dinnertime. Genius.

Because my boys are big eaters, I’m used to creating hearty soups for a crowd.

I don’t know how to cook small.

And I suppose it’s not just soups, I love trying out new, hearty slow cooker meals in general.

Because of the aforementioned easy thing — I’m all about simplifying life wherever possible.

And it’s not just a slow cooker soup for fall. I like making this recipe year round.

I also think it’s genius to use the slow cooker during the warmer months so the stove isn’t heating up the house.

So let’s talk about this Tuscan soup recipe. I think it’s one of the best slow cooker soups I’ve tired, so I’m excited to share it with you!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

I do a lot of my shopping at Walmart because they carry brands I love, all in one easy stop.

Speaking of brands I love, Walmart has a great selection of Sam’s Choice Italia products that are hand-crafted in Italy just for Walmart.

The collection includes delicious sauces like tomato basil and pesto, easy meal kits, frozen pizza and more.

For this recipe I used the penne pasta, but there are a ton of other delicious varieties too!

Let’s gather what you need…

You’ll want crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, an onion, sweet or spicy Italian sausage, garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper, kale, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese and penne pasta.

 

Italia Pasta

You could also add beans, if that’s your thing. I usually make it without — but that’s a personal preference/taste thing. I know some folks really love beans in their soup.

How to Make Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

This is a meal that takes me only a few minutes to prep and get into the slow cooker earlier in the day, leaving me free for the rest of the day, with dinner ready to go when it’s time.

Slow Cooker Soup

To start, you’ll grab a large pan and add sausage, onion and garlic. Roughly chop with a spoon while the sausage is cooking and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.

Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the heat and drain the excess grease, if you desire.

In a 6 quart slow cooker add the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, cooked sausage and all of the seasonings.

Penne for Soup

Add the lid onto the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low 4-5 hours.

Easy Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

Add heavy cream, shredded Parmesan cheese and penne pasta and cook for another 20 minutes.

Tuscan Soup

Then add chopped kale and cook another 10 minutes.

Once cooked, serve and garnish with more cheese if you like.

If you don’t know yet, we’re big cheese people in our family so “garnish with cheese” is a given in my world. 🙂

Slow Cooker Italian Soup

Look at the beautiful, rich color!

And your house will smell amazing from the soup simmering in the slow cooker all day.

I think we eat with our eyes and nose before our taste buds and this soup does a great job of that.

Serve with a loaf of fresh, crusty bread and a slab of butter for a meal that everyone will want seconds of. And maybe even thirds if they’re like my eaters.

I hope you enjoy this Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup with your family soon!

Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

This delicious, cheesy, hearty soup comes together beautifully in the slow cooker! 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 405kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cup kale roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-n-half milk would work too
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 1 17 ounce package Italia Penne Pasta

Instructions

  • In a large pan add sausage, onion and garlic. Roughly chop while the sausage is cooking and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Once sausage is cooked remove from heat and drain excess grease, if you desire.
  • In a 6 qt. slow cooker add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, cooked sausage and all of the seasonings.
  • Add lid onto slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low 4-5.
  • Add heavy cream, shredded parmesan cheese and penne and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Then add chopped kale and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked, serve and garnish with more cheese if you so desire.
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Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal
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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup
Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.

    3 Comments

    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      SO AMAZING!!

    2. Erica

      May 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

      I love pasta! Thanks for the step-by-step recipes 🙂

    3. Nancy

      May 20, 2018 at 10:33 am

      It made so much I couldn’t fit it in my crock pot so I divided it into two pots and cooked it on the stove! Mine turned out really thick. Was it supposed to be?

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