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Slow Cooker Tuscan Soup

This delicious, cheesy, hearty soup comes together beautifully in the slow cooker! 
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