Like so many other people, I love the Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden. Unfortunately, it’s not too point friendly.
I checked the Weight Watchers app and it is 15 points per serving. Yikes!
My lightened up version of Zuppa Toscana is 5-6 points per serving depending on the plan you’re on.
Guess what? It’s still delicious!
There are a few things I did to lighten up this recipe. To start with, I used turkey sausage instead of pork/beef sausage. That saved a ton of points!
I used Jennie-O turkey sausage patties, it comes in a 12 oz. package. I simply broke up the sausage so that it wasn’t in patties.
I did not use any oil or butter. I cooked the onion and garlic with the turkey sausage instead of cooking it in oil.
The original Zuppa Toscana uses heavy cream. Instead of using heavy cream I used fat free half and half.
Now for the potatoes. I only used one medium potato to save on points. To make up for it I also added 1 cup of frozen riced cauliflower.
My kids ate the soup and didn’t even ask about the cauliflower. I think they thought it was just little potato pieces. 🙂
Those are the changes I made to take Zuppa Toscana soup from 15 points to 5, but still full of flavor.
It’s always best to double check the points of a recipe. For example, if you use a different type of sausage it could change the points of the recipe.
It is so cold today in Michigan, it’s perfect soup weather! Here are some more soup recipes that I love:
- 30 Minute French Onion Soup
- Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Chicken Taco Soup
- Ham and Potato Soup
- 30 Minute Cheese Tortellini Soup
Yield: 4 (2 cup) servings (5 points per serving for purple, 6 points per serving for blue and green)
- 12 oz. turkey sausage
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 32 oz. fat-free chicken broth
- 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup riced cauliflower
- 2-3 cups kale
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
Add the turkey sausage to a non-stick pot. Break up the sausage then add the onion and garlic. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
Add the chicken broth and potatoes to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook 15 minutes.
Next, stir in the riced cauliflower, kale and half & half. Cook for one minute, until the kale is cooked.
Season with salt and pepper. Add red pepper flakes, if desired.
If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.
If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!