Meatless Monday: Vegan Zuppa Toscana Soup

By: Kelly - Nosh and Nourish

This soup was inspired by Dear Hubby’s favorite at Olive Garden, which is loaded with REAL Italian sausage, bacon, and cream. But this was a wonderful, much healthier, and still super flavorful substitute. Dear Hubby said he loved it and would definitely eat this again and again! And each serving has a full CUP of kale in it!
A hearty Italian soup made with kale, potatoes, veggie balls, and onions.

0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5 (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)
Login to rate this recipe - Not a member? Join Today


  • Veggie Balls
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1⁄8  onion (diced)
  • 10 – 12 kale leaves (chopped)
  • 2 large russet potatoes (cubed)
  • 32 ounces (1L) vegetable broth, or make your own
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) white wine vinegar, diluted in ½ cup filtered water (Or use ½ cup white wine)
  • 1 tomato (diced, optional)


  1. Follow the instructions to make your own veggie balls using pulp from your juicer.
    Note: This step is optional. The soup is delicious without them as well.
  2. Sauté diced onions and garlic in a pan until cooked and browned.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a large crock pot.
  4. Sauté the diced kale for 2 – 3 minutes, just enough to soften and lightly brown.
  5. Add kale to crock pot and remaining ingredients (except for 1 cup water).
  6. Cook on high for 4 – 6 hours.
  7. Add remaining 1 cup of water after about 4 hours.

See Kelly’s full recipe on No Sugar Sweet Life.

And while you’re at it, check out her top ten favorite kale recipes.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 4 hours

Total time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Servings: 4

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories180
  • Fat2.5g
  • Saturated Fat0g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium360mg
  • Carbohydrates30g
  • Fiber7g
  • Sugars6g
  • Protein 11g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Kelly - Nosh and Nourish

Kelly is the author of the healthy living blog “Nosh and Nourish.” Struggling with her weight for her entire adult life, she finally decided life was too short to live perpetually unhappy. She started with a 15 day Classic Reboot and has lost over 55 pounds, maintaining her "new normal" of veggie juices, smaller portions, and less sugar for over a year. She is a wife/helper to an amazing man and the mother of the cutest toddler you've ever seen, lovingly referred to as “Babycakes.” On the blog she shares easy, healthy recipes and fitness ideas using an honest, personal approach that inspires and motivates. She gives you real life strategies to live a happy healthy life... no sugar added. Follow her on Twitter@noshandnourish.

More posts from