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Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup (Video)

If you’re a fan of Instant Pot soup, you’re going to love this Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup, and there are stovetop instructions as well! Use Pressure Cooker Recipes to find more soups to make in the Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m still enjoying sunny Costa Rica but this Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup is a new recipe I had ready to go so I could share it with you while I’m here! Sometimes when a recipe idea pops into my mind I’ll google it to see if there are lots of other bloggers who have already made similar things. But when I had the idea for a low-carb version of Zupppa Toscana Soup, I didn’t need to google it. I knew there would be other bloggers who had made their version of this tasty soup, and I didn’t care. I love the ingredients in Zuppa Toscana soup so much I wanted to make it even if it wasn’t that original or creative.

And wow, was it ever a winner! My version of Zuppa Toscana has bacon, my favorite spicy Italian sausage, onion, garlic, chicken stock, chopped cauliflower, red pepper flakes, chopped kale, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese to add at the table. How can anything with those ingredients possibly taste bad? I know some people aren’t big on cauliflower or kale, but all these ingredients are a big yes from me!

And because the onion, garlic, and sausage are cooked in the Instant Pot (affiliate link) before you lock the lid and cauliflower cooks in a flash in the Instant Pot, this soup is super quick! So when you need a quick dinner that’s easy, tasty, and low-carb, give this Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup a try!

[Edit 1-23-18] After I got a few e-mails asking how to make Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup on the stove, I made it for a group of friends so I could share those directions. You can find stovetop instructions in the main recipe below, right after the Instant Pot instructions.

Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup:

(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photos; scroll down for the complete recipe.)

  1. Start by chopping the bacon, onion, cauliflower, and the kale. You could do that ahead and keep those ingredients in containers in the fridge if you want to be ready to cook when you get home from work.
  2. Set the Instant Pot (affiliate link) to SAUTE and HIGH temperature, add the chopped bacon and cook until it’s nicely crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. If there’s a huge amount of bacon fat you can remove some (or not) but leave at least a tablespoon of bacon fat to cook the onion.
  3. Turn Instant Pot down to SAUTE and NORMAL temperature; add chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and cook another minute.
  4. Squeeze the Italian sausage out of the casings into the Instant Pot and cook the sausage while you break it apart with a plastic or wooden turner (not metal, which might scratch the pot.) If you’re using turkey Italian sausage it may release some water, but keep cooking until that’s evaporated and the turkey is starting to brown.
  5. Then add the chopped cauliflower, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and the cooked bacon. Lock the lid and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL and HIGH temperature, TWO MINUTES.
  6. After the cooking time of two minutes is up, use QUICK RELEASE to release the pressure.
  7. Set the Instant Pot back to SAUTE and HIGH temperature, add the chopped kale, and simmer the soup 4-5 minutes (or until kale is done to your liking.)
  8. Turn heat down to LOW (and let the soup cool down a bit if it’s bubbling).
  9. Then stir in the cream and heat it through. (Don’t boil after the heavy cream is added.)

Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, with plenty of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table.

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The BEST Low-Carb Instant Pot Soup Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Instant Pot Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup

Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

If you're a fan of Instant Pot soup, you're going to love this Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup!

Ingredients

  • 3 thick slices bacon, but into short cross-wise slices (Use more bacon if you prefer.)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1 T minced garlic (garlic from a jar is fine for this)
  • 1 19.5 oz. package hot or mild Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower (one small head)
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned chicken broth (4 cans chicken broth is slightly more than 6 cups, but it will be fine)
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy cream (see notes)
  • freshly-grated Parmesan to add at the table

Instructions

  1. Slice the bacon crosswise into short rectangular strips.
  2. Chop onion, cauliflower, and the kale. (I would use large pieces of kale, cut the kale away from the ribs, and then chop. But you could use pre-chopped kale or baby kale if you prefer.)
  3. Set the Instant Pot (affiliate link) to SAUTE and HIGH temperature, add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
  1. Remove some bacon fat (or not) but leave at least a tablespoon of bacon fat to cook the onion.
  2. Turn Instant Pot down to SAUTE and NORMAL temperature; add chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Squeeze the Italian sausage out of the casings into the Instant Pot and cook the sausage while you break it apart with a plastic or wooden turner (not metal, which might scratch the pot.)
  4. Then add the chopped cauliflower, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and the cooked bacon.
  5. Lock the lid and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL and HIGH temperature, TWO MINUTES.
  6. After the time to cook to pressure and cooking time of two minutes is up, use QUICK RELEASE to release the pressure.
  7. Set the Instant Pot back to SAUTE and HIGH temperature, add the chopped kale, and simmer the soup 4-5 minutes (or until kale is done to your liking.)
  8. Turn heat down to LOW (and let the soup cool down a bit if it's bubbling). Then stir in the cream and heat it through. (Don't boil after the heavy cream is added.)
  9. Serve hot, with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table.

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Use the same ingredients and prepare as above, but add 1 cup more chicken stock and 1/4 cup more cream for the stovetop version.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large soup pot over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate, and remove some of the fat from the pot as desired.
  3. Add chopped onion to the soup pot and cook a few minutes, until starting to brown, then add the minced garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Squeeze out sausage into the soup pot and cook until browned, about 10-15 minutes. Don't rush this because browning adds flavor.
  5. Then add the chopped cauliflower, chicken stock, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and cooked bacon. Let the soup come to a low boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is done to your liking.
  6. Add the chopped kale and turn the heat up to medium; cook the soup 5-10 minutes more, depending on how soft you like the kale.
  7. Let the soup cool a few minutes if it's bubbling before you add the cream. Then stir in cream and heat it through over very low heat. (Don't let it boil after you add the cream.
  8. Serve as above.

Notes

I used my favorite spicy turkey Italian sausage for this soup, but use pork sausage if you prefer. Use half and half or milk if you prefer that over heavy cream.

Recipe adapted by Kalyn and Kara after a few experiments with various amount of ingredients.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 591mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup is a good soup recipe for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet. Soup with bacon and heavy cream would be outside the approve fat guidelines for the South Beach Diet, but I bet you could make a pretty tasty soup using lower-fat ingredients if you’re a South Beach fan.

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  1. I tried to find how to make the Instant Pot Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup on video. It says watch the video, but I could not find out how to do that. I am not a natural cook so watching videos always helps. I did subscribe and you already have my email but I will enter it below as well.

    • The video is set up so that it should start automatically when someone opens that post and scrolls down. So if that is not happening there has to be something in your computer or phone settings that is preventing it. I wish I knew more to help you figure out what that might be, but I am afraid I don’t know.

      Many of my videos are made from the step-by-step photos that are in a collage directly after the introduction to the recipe. I think if you look at that while you read the instructions that might be really helpful, almost as much as seeing the video. Hope that works for you!