One Pot Healthy Zuppa Toscana (Dairy Free, Whole30)

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Whip up a wholesome dinner with our easy one-pot Zuppa Toscana – a healthy twist on the classic recipe. Savor creamy broth, turkey sausage, and kale in every delicious spoonful. Healthy comfort in minutes!

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In between the evening runs to and from practices, the hustle of weeknights often leaves us looking for a comforting, hearty meal that doesn’t compromise our waistlines. Here is to you– our Healthy Zuppa Toscana – a delicious twist on the classic Italian soup that brings together the goodness of lean protein, vibrant veggies, and a hint of coconut indulgence. This recipe is a lifesaver for busy families who want to serve up something wholesome without spending hours in the kitchen.

Why Zuppa Toscana? Zuppa Toscana, a traditional Tuscan soup, typically features a rich broth, sausage, potatoes, and leafy greens. Our healthier version adds a twist by incorporating turkey sausage and coconut milk, making it not just a crowd-pleaser but also a guilt-free indulgence.

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How to Make Healthy Zuppa Toscana

This delicious soup is easy to throw together and your whole family will love it. Serve this soup with a green salad and fresh crusty bread as a complete dinner idea.

Healthy zuppa toscana ingredients

Ingredients That Make the Magic:

  • Pork or Turkey Sausage: Opt for lean turkey sausage to keep it light while still relishing that savory goodness. Prefer pork sausage? You will still use one pound in this recipe.
  • Chicken Broth: The base of any good soup. Choose a high-quality chicken broth or stock for a robust flavor.
  • Russet Potatoes: Sliced thinly, these potatoes add a delightful texture to the soup and make it a filling meal.
  • Kale: Packed with nutrients, kale adds a fresh, earthy flavor and a vibrant touch to the dish.
  • Coconut Milk: For a creamy and dairy-free twist, the coconut milk elevates the soup’s richness without adding a strong coconut flavor.
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Easy One-Pot Wonder:

  1. Brown the Sausage: In a large pan or stockpot over medium-high heat, brown the pork sausage until it’s golden. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Simmer to Perfection: Add chicken broth, water, potatoes, kale, and coconut milk to the large pot. Bring it to a boil, then simmer until the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Customize to Your Taste: Feel free to play with the recipe – toss in cauliflower florets, sprinkle red pepper flakes, top with Parmesan cheese, or add Italian seasoning for an extra kick. The beauty of Zuppa Toscana lies in its versatility. Season with sea salt, seasoned salt, or pepper to your taste.

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Healthier Choices, Same Great Flavor: Our healthier version of Zuppa Toscana swaps heavy cream for coconut milk, making it a tasty option for those looking to cut down on dairy. The turkey sausage brings lean protein to the table without compromising on taste.

Healthy zuppa toscana in serving bowl

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use other greens besides kale?

Absolutely! Spinach or Swiss chard are excellent alternatives.

Is it freezer-friendly?

Yes, this soup freezes well. Store it in an airtight container for a quick, hearty meal on busy days.

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Can I use ground turkey instead of sausage?

Certainly, go for ground turkey seasoned with Italian herbs for that authentic flavor.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Simmer on the stove or microwave, adding a splash of chicken stock/broth to maintain the soup’s creamy consistency.

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

Adapt the recipe for your crock pot for an even easier cooking process. Brown your Italian sausage first. Then pour your ingredients into the slow cooker together. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Healthy Zuppa Toscana on table top

How long will it stay fresh in the fridge?

Store leftovers in an airtight container; they should stay fresh for up to 3 days.

The next time you are craving comfort food, whip up a batch of our Healthy Zuppa Toscana and treat your family to a bowl of comfort, packed with wholesome ingredients and flavors that’ll transport you straight to the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy the goodness!

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One Pot Healthy Zuppa Toscana

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Whip up a wholesome dinner with our easy one-pot Zuppa Toscana – a healthy twist on the classic recipe. Savor creamy broth, sausage, and kale in every delicious spoonful. Healthy comfort in minutes!


  • 1 pound Pork or Turkey Sausage
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3-4 large Russet potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3-4 cups of Chopped Kale, stems removed
  • 14.5 ounce can of Full-Fat Coconut Milk


1.     In a large pan, on medium-high heat, cook the sausage until browned. (you may also use the large stock pot to brown the sausage)

2.     In a large stock pot, add the browned sausage along with the chicken broth and water and bring to a boil.

3.     Turn down the heat to medium and add the potatoes, kale, and coconut milk and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


You may also use 7 medium red potatoes if preferred.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1141mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 35g
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  1. Thank you for adapting this classic recipe to a leaner option! I can’t wait to make this one, especially during the cold snap we’ve been having in the pacific northwest! I have ground elk sausage in the freezer that I’m excited to use- it’s a pretty lean meat as well and doesn’t have a wild/game taste!
    I actually can’t remember how I signed up to get your emails 😅 (I’m sure it was a pinterest connection) but I’m enjoying them!
    Best to you and your family!

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