Sunday, January 2, 2011

Slow-Cooker Sunday

Today I (Stephanie) made Zuppa Toscana soup (like the kind from Olive Garden) in the crockpot. It was fairly easy to put together and absolutely delicious!!!

The meat

The Potatoes

My little helper's hand on top of mine, helping slice the potatoes.

(Almost) all of the ingredients in the crockpot!

The finished product!

Slow-Cooker Zuppa Toscana

(adapted from "Gimme Some Oven!")

12 oz. spicy italian sausage
6 slices bacon
1 onion, diced
1-2 lbs. red potatoes (I think I used closer to 2 lbs.)
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups torn or chopped kale
1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, brown the sausage and drain any fat. Set aside in a small bowl. In the same skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Also set aside.
Add onion, garlic, potatoes, chicken broth and water to the slow-cooker. Then add in the sausage. Crumble up the bacon and add it to the soup.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Half an hour before serving, turn the heat up to high and add the kale and cream (or half-and-half).
Season with salt and pepper.



  1. Totally making that next week...LOL! I LOVE soup in the winter :)

  2. Ok.... I have to ask.... does Jack eat everything you cook? It looks amazing, but I can't figure out how I would get my boys to eat it and with Anth working most nights late, that would mean I would go to a lot of work for just me.... so, any pointers?!? LOVE this new blog... it is bad I waited all day to see what you had for dinner? LOL!

  3. Tiffiny - heck no! Jack doesn't eat anything I make. His foods consist of PB&J and mac & cheese. With just one kid, it's pretty easy for me to make something different for him - not sure if that will change with two. But we decided long ago, that with Jack's autism, we just weren't going to make food an issue (but that's a whole other topic!). So, we usually have a lot of leftovers for lunch. You could always halve recipes - but then you're still going through the hassle of making a meal just for yourself. easy solution! Honestly, when Lonnie's out of town, I usually have cereal for dinner. :)

  4. LOL! I'm on a Kix kick, so that would totally work for me!!! Can't wait to see what's for dinner tonight! :)