Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
5 Hours 30 Mins
6 servings

You don't have to venture out to your favorite Italian restaurant to get this classic, decadently satisfying sausage and potato soup. This so-simple rendition is simmered to perfection in your own kitchen using the slow cooker. Heavy cream is the key to the rich, full-bodied broth--but if you wanted to lighten the soup up a bit, you can replace half of the heavy cream with half-and-half. If you're going for that signature Olive Garden flavor, the key is to use *spicy* Italian sausage. That said, if you're serving this to the kids, you may want to opt for a milder sausage. Serve this hearty soup with a light salad and, if you really feel like going all-out, some savory herbed breadsticks

Recipe from FB: from Carl Barbaro

How to Make It

Step 1

Brown sausage links in a sauté pan.

Step 2

Cut links in half lengthwise, then cut slices.

Step 3

Place sausage, chicken broth, garlic, potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat.

Step 4

Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.

Step 5

30 minutes before serving:

Step 6

Mix flour into cream removing lumps.

Step 7

Add cream and kale to the crock pot, stir.

Step 8

Cook on high 30 minutes or until broth thickens slightly.

Step 9

Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

Step 10

Top with bacon immediately before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

December 16, 2016
Hot Italian makes it

June 19, 2017
Ground sausage is what I use. And then just use a spatula to chop it into smaller pieces as it cooks.


December 06, 2015
Easy and awesome

October 04, 2016
Perhaps taking a small size sifter and scoping out before you attempt to stir. I have accidentally done similar with other spices.

October 23, 2017
Save yourself some time peeling potatoes and use two bags of simply potatoes. It will turn out perfectly.

January 11, 2016
It says: "1/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped". 

January 12, 2016
I believe bacon is links cut?

January 15, 2016
The ingredient list clearly states 1/4 cup cooked, chopped bacon. The last instruction is to sprinkle the bacon over the soup just before serving. 

December 17, 2015
It says "top with bacon immediately before serving". Obviously not raw bacon.

March 02, 2016
use bacon bits, thats what i did. i  bought the bagged 'real' bacon bits from costco.