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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

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This delicious, cheesy, hearty soup comes together beautifully in the slow cooker! 
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  1. Ingredients for Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup
  2. How to Make Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup
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This amazing, yummy soup is made with sausage and cheese and comes together so quick and easy thanks to your slow cooker! It’s absolutely delicious and the colors are beautiful, too. 

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Packed with hearty tomatoes and spices, the flavor of this hearty homemade soup is amazing. It takes only a few minutes to combine the ingredients in your crock pot, then simmer on low. Your family will love this meal made with love from scratch. And you’ll love how simple it is! 

Grab the ingredients and let’s get started making this amazing slow cooker Tuscan soup.

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.

If you love slow cooker recipes, make sure you check out my crockpot chili as well. For more soup ideas, check out our hamburger soup!

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! 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.

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Ingredients for Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

Let’s gather what you need…

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (32 ounce) boxes of chicken stock
  • 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 (16 ounce) box of Penne 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.

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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.

Pro-Tip: If you have a slow cooker with a sear setting, go ahead and saute your sausage, onions, and garlic in your slow cooker then proceed with the recipe. This allows you to omit the use of an additional pan.

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

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

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

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

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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. 🙂

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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!

Psst, I think your family will love this chicken pasta as well. 

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

5 from 3 votes
This delicious, cheesy, hearty soup comes together beautifully in the slow cooker! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 32 ounce boxes of 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 16 ounce package 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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Notes

Pro-Tip: If you have a slow cooker with a sear setting, go ahead and saute your sausage, onions, and garlic in your slow cooker then proceed with the recipe.  This allows you to omit the use of an additional pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1533IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Nancy says

    5 stars
    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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