Slow Cooker White Bean and Sausage Soup

5 Jun

Having enjoyed a really yummy white bean and sausage soup in the beer garden at Stone Brewery in San Diego, I was inspired to try making my own (I’ll have a review of Stone Brewery soon). Stone makes their sausage in-house but I don’t quite have the time for that, so I just used store-bought mild Italian sausage. If you enjoy a little more of a kick, try medium Italian sausage, or something even spicier! Using a high-quality chicken broth is key, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. I used Trader Joe’s chicken broth. 

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Great Northern beans
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large carrots (or 4 small carrots), diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 6-7 cups kale leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ¾ tsp. dried thyme
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into small pieces

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into a 6 quart slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Yes, it’s really that easy. Serve and enjoy this savory soup! Goes great with a beer while relaxing on a patio too 🙂

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