This Skinny Zuppa Toscana-Olive Garden Copycat is a skinny version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana! It has all the great flavors of the Olive Garden soup, but lower in points!

PREP TIME10 minutes

COOK TIME35 minutes

ADDITIONAL TIME5 hours

TOTAL TIME5 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Soup Ingredients

  • 16 oz. or 1 lb. Jennie-O breakfast mild sausage or 16 oz. Jimmy Deans turkey sausage crumbles
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic or about 3-4 cloves
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 medium or 20 oz. Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
  • 48 oz. or 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup kale or baby spinach

Optional garnish

  • 5 slices center cut bacon or Hormel Black Label precooked bacon, cooked & chopped ( I like to use Sam’s club precooked Hormel Black Label bacon)
  • 1 oz. Freshly shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Stove Top Directions:

    Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat and add sausage. Cook until browned, if needed crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat and set aside.
    Spray a large pot or Dutch oven with non stick cooking spray.
    Add garlic and onion, and cook over medium heat. Continue stirring and cook until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
    Stir in chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
    Bring to a boil. Add diced potatoes and cook until tender, about 10-12 minutes.
    In a small mixing bowl whisk together the fat free half and half and cornstarch.
    Stir in half and half & cornstarch mixture.
    Stir in cooked sausage and kale or spinach until spinach begins to wilt.
    Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until soup thickens.
    Serve hot and garnish with bacon crumbles and fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired.

    Slow Cooker Directions:

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add sausage. Cook until browned, if needed crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
    Place cooked sausage, garlic, diced potatoes, and onion in slow cooker. Pour in chicken broth. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
    Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours  or low 5-6 hours, or until potatoes are soft.
    Then 30 minutes before serving: In a small mixing bowl whisk together the fat free half and half and cornstarch.
    Stir in half and half & cornstarch mixture and kale to the crock pot, stir until well combined.
    Cook on high 30 minutes or until soup thickens.
    Serve hot and garnish with bacon crumbles and fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired.

  2. Instant Pot Directions:

    Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Spray the bottom of the Instant Pot with non stick cooking spray. Cook until brown, or for 3-5 minutes, if needed crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat, if needed.
    Stir in the onion and garlic and cook for another 3 minutes until the onion softens and becomes translucent.
    Add the diced potatoes and chicken broth. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
    Close the lid. Set the instant Pot to MANUAL setting and set the timer to 5 minutes.
    Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is complete, this can take up to 10 minutes.
    Gently, unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.
    In a small mixing bowl whisk together the fat free half and half and cornstarch.
    Stir in half and half & cornstarch mixture and kale/spinach, stir until well combined.
    Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Cook for a few more minutes uncovered, until the kale or spinach wilts, and the soup thickens.
    Turn off the Instant Pot or push the cancel button.
    Serve hot and garnish with bacon crumbles and fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired

    Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/3 cup) servings
    Source: Thepounddropper.com
    5 Points® per serving

Title: A Healthier Indulgence: Skinny Zuppa Toscana – An Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

Introduction:

Delve into the world of guilt-free indulgence with our Skinny Zuppa Toscana, a delightful rendition inspired by the renowned Olive Garden classic. This hearty soup boasts a harmonious blend of savory Italian sausage, kale, and potatoes, all simmered to perfection in a flavorful broth. Embrace the comfort and satisfaction of a restaurant-quality dish crafted to align with your health-conscious lifestyle. In this culinary journey, we unveil the secrets to recreating the Olive Garden experience right in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

For the Skinny Zuppa Toscana:

  1. 1 lb lean Italian turkey sausage
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  5. 4 cups water
  6. 1.5 lbs russet potatoes, thinly sliced
  7. 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  8. 1 cup skim milk
  9. 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. Crushed red pepper flakes (optional for added heat)

Instructions:

Step 1: Sauté the Sausage and Aromatics

  1. In a large pot, brown the Italian turkey sausage over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until onions are translucent.

Step 2: Build the Broth Base 2. Pour in low-sodium chicken broth and water. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil.

Step 3: Introduce the Potatoes and Kale 3. Add thinly sliced russet potatoes to the pot, allowing them to cook until tender. Incorporate chopped kale and simmer until wilted.

Step 4: Add the Dairy Elements 4. Pour in skim milk and stir in fat-free plain Greek yogurt. Season with salt, pepper, and optional crushed red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

Step 5: Simmer to Perfection 5. Let the soup simmer on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld for at least 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning as needed.

Step 6: Serve and Savor 6. Ladle the Skinny Zuppa Toscana into bowls, savoring the aromatic medley of sausage, kale, and potatoes in each spoonful.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving:

  • Calories: 230
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Smart WW Points: 5

Conclusion:

Our Skinny Zuppa Toscana offers the perfect compromise between flavor and nutrition. As you indulge in this Olive Garden-inspired creation, relish the warmth of wholesome ingredients that make every bite a comforting delight. This recipe is not just about replicating a classic; it’s about enhancing it to fit your wellness goals. Elevate your dining experience with a bowl of Skinny Zuppa Toscana—a testament to the harmony of health and indulgence.

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