Cauliflower Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana

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It’s hard to say what people are more crazy for—Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, or the Olive Garden’s ‘Zuppa Toscana’. And really, why pick just one? 

Two Obsessions—One Beautiful (Copycat!) Recipe.

Everything in this low-carb, Whole30-approved version of the Olive Garden’s beloved gnocchi soup can be found at Trader Joe’s, making it this 10-minute, one-pot dinner a one-stop shop!  Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi stands in for the usual potato gnocchi—this low-carb soup recipe has all of the cozyness and heft that you crave, minus the post-meal carb crash. In other words (dare we say?) it’s even better than the Zuppa Toscana you’re used to. 

P.S. this is not a sponsored post—we just happen to really love Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. 

ingredients for cauliflower gnocchi zuppa toscana

How To Make Zuppa Toscana with TJ’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

We created this super easy, crazy fast cauliflower gnocchi soup recipe with the idea that you could get all of the ingredients in one go at Trader Joe’s! Note that this recipe serves two—if you’re feeding a whole hoard, though, don’t fret! It scales up with ease.  Here’s how to make this Whole30-friendly Zuppa Toscana recipe: 

  1. Cut the casings off your sausage, and give it a quick sauté. brown sausage. 
  2. Zuppa time! Make the soup base by pouring in the broth. 
  3. A quick simmer! About five minutes, just to let the flavors marry. 
  4. Did we mention you don’t have to cook the cauliflower gnocchi? Just add it frozen to the simmering broth—it’ll cook in the soup! 
  5. Cauliflower gnocchi is already a healthy choice, but we add a little kale at the end just to make this healthy soup even better. And you’re done! 
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We just can’t stop. 

Ten Minute Dinners Are the Greatest. 

A ten-minute dinner made from a couple of pantry staples and frozen gnocchi—it truly does not get much easier. We hope you love this easy riff on Zuppa Toscana—if you make it, let us know! Snap a photo of your cauliflower gnocchi soup and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Cauliflower Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana

Serves 2


1 bag frozen Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
2 cup chicken broth
1 lb chicken Italian sausage (casing removed)
4 cups Italian kale, choped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt


In a small saucepan over medium heat, brown sausage. Add in chicken broth along with salt and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add in frozen gnocchi along with kale and simmer for 5 more minutes. Enjoy!