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Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
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Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana- The Instant Pot makes whipping up a batch of home cooked copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana super simple.  It's creamy and over the top flavorful!  Loaded with crumbled Italian sausage, potatoes and kale . You can have this lightened up version on the table in about 20 mins. Or make a batch and meal prep for a week of healthy lunches/dinners ( Whole 30)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 272kcal


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb bulk Italian ground sausage mild or spicy*
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 4 medium russet potatoes peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream (or half & half) (use canned full fat coconut milk or coconut cream for Whole 30)
  • 1 bunch of kale stems removed and leaves chopped (lacinato/dino or curly varieties) ( about 2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese for garnish (omit for Whole 30 or Paleo)


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add olive oil. Add onions and garlic, sauté until onions begin to lightly brown. Add ground sausage and red pepper flakes. Use a wooden spoon to help break up sausage pieces. Cooking until sausage become brown (about 5 mins.) Drain any grease and add sausage mixture to Instant Pot. **
  • Top sausage with potatoes and chicken broth. Lock lid and set vent to SEALING. Set Instant Pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK on High Pressure for 10 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is complete, Do a QUICK RELEASE . Select CANCEL to turn off the Instant Pot. Remove lid and stir in chopped kale. Allow kale to soften (about 1-2 minutes) and add heavy cream (or coconut milk). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately , sprinkling with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


*For Whole 30- Look for sausage brands without sugar or artificial flavorings. Ground turkey or chicken sausage can be substituted for pork sausage if you prefer.
**You can technically brown the sausage in the Instant Pot to keep things truly a one pot meal. You’ll just need to drain the sausage prior to adding chicken stock and potatoes.


Serving: 1serving ( 1/6 of recipe) | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.6g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 6.2g | Cholesterol: 85.3mg | Sodium: 576.1mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 2.3g