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Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup – Dinner can be ready to in as little as 30 or so minutes sans the slow cooker or slowly cooking away all day long. A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic. Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup~A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete SavoristIt’s my favorite time of year. I’ve waxed poetically about all my loves this time of year. But one of my greatest loves have to be soup in a slow cooker. The ease of it all, one pot, slowly cooking all day long, filling the house with an aroma begging you to open the lid and sample.

I recently attended the annual Passport dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Cafe Sabor, and Justin, the restaurant owner, sent me home with 8 links of the best tasting Italian style smoked sausage that has ever entered my mouth.

I wanted to make something utterly fancy with them, but I kept eating them, one by one, until there were only 4 left.  By that point, all notions of fancy were gone. But hearty and comforting seemed to be a perfect use for them…enter this soup.Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete SavoristSince I opted to make this in a slow cooker, it was literally was a toss it in, close the lid, and turn it on, type endeavor. A few hours later it was done. I think I stirred it once, not that I should have opened the lid, which we all know is a no-no for slow cookers, but I couldn’t resist and I needed (wanted) to taste test it.

I made this and ran out of time. I had an evening engagement, so I sampled it, took some pictures, and fed it to the child and the babysitter. Come breakfast the next morning….So delicious. Two days later, even better! Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete SavoristItalian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete Savorist

Slow Cooker Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1-32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 links Italian smoked sausage; halved and sliced
  • 2-15 oz cans white beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup onions , finely diced
  • 1 bunch kale; torn
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 5 gloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1/8 tsp salt and pepper; +/- to tasted
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary; ground
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  1. Add everything to a slow cooker, turn on low and cook for 4 hours, lower to warm after 4 hours until ready to serve.

Stovetop

  1. Add the broth, water, onions, kale, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a low simmer for 10 minutes, allowing both the kale and the onions to soften.
  3. Add the beans, tomatoes, and sausage and reduce to low, cook for 20 minutes or until all is heated through and kale has reached the desired tenderness.

Italian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete SavoristItalian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete SavoristItalian Style Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup ~ A hearty mixture of white beans, kale, and Italian style smoked sausage in a broth enhanced by rosemary and garlic ~ The Complete Savorist

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    October 20, 2015 at 7:10 am

    This is awesome! I actually plan to make soup today but did not think to add sausage to it. I have all the ingredients except the white beans but I bet any will work (I have a ton of Great Northern Beans soaking.)

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Great Northern beans work just fine. Hope you enjoy.

  • Reply
    heather @french press
    October 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I am SO happy it is finally getting cooler here, so I can enjoy this soup…it looks SO good!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Thank you Heather…soon we will all be complaining about the cold weather.

  • Reply
    Kiano
    October 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Love a good protein packed soup! Nothing better to eat post-gym in the cold months

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 1:08 am

      Thank you Kiano, it’s very much protein packed.

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    Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do
    October 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

    What a gorgeous bowl of soup! I can’t wait to try this.

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    October 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This soups sounds wonderful! So flavorful and satisfying!

  • Reply
    Stephanie Keeping
    October 20, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This sounds amazing!! Perfect for the chilly nights that are sneaking up on us.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 1:08 am

      They are getting chilly, aren’t they?

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    Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)
    October 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I love my slow cooker, and use it any chance possible. I actually made a version of this same soup not long ago, and it was such a hit! Like you said–toss it all in and let the slow cooker do the work. Delicious!

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    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
    October 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    This is one of my all time favorite soups! I make this quite often in the winter. I am quite in love with the sausage you used.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 1:09 am

      The sausage was amazing.

  • Reply
    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    October 22, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This is my kind of dinner. I love how colorful it is!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    October 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I totally understand needing to test it. 😉 I have a problem of “needing” to test slow cooked things about an hour after it gets started. Whoops. This soup looks delicious! The Italian smoked sausage must add so much flavor.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      I am so glad I am not alone with the testing!

  • Reply
    Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    October 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    This would be perfect for my husband!!

  • Reply
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    October 22, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Love slow cooker recipes! This sounds so comforting right now!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 25, 2015 at 1:49 am

      Thank you Krista.

      • Reply
        Krista
        October 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

        You’re very welcome!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    October 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Oh goodness! I love Italian sausage and slow cooker meals! Perfection

  • Reply
    Katerina @ Diethood
    October 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Girrrl, this soup!! WOW! I would go back for seconds a gazillion times!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Ha, thank you. Love it.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    October 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I love how hearty this looks

  • Reply
    Kristyn
    October 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This is such a pretty looking soup, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    October 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    This looks like a perfect soup for those cold Utah winters. Great recipe.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 3, 2015 at 2:52 am

      It is perfect for just that reason.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Blackberry Babe
    October 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This is such a clever soup and I bet it’s delicious! I love using sausage, so easy and adds a ton of flavor all on it’s own!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 3, 2015 at 2:52 am

      The sausage is my favorite part.

  • Reply
    christine
    October 26, 2015 at 6:47 am

    You know I almost always have all these ingredients on hand – perfect for a fall back recipe on a day when I want something warm and hearty without too much fuss.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 3, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Exactly, that is exactly what this recipe is…fall back. Love that.

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    October 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This soup looks so good I’d love a bowl right now! Shared on Facebook to pass the word.

  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    October 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    You really added a nice improvement with the kale. I love slow cookers too … and fall 🙂

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    October 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    What a great soup and perfect this fall! My husband makes one that’s similar, but we rarely use the slow cooker. I really need to break that out and use it more often. Thanks for sharing!

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    Dee
    October 9, 2016 at 1:37 am

    This looks amazing –I’m so glad it’s soup weather again!

  • Reply
    Maryanne | the little epicurean
    October 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Slow cooker soups is also one of my great loves! This looks perfect for these upcoming chilly autumn and winter days!

  • Reply
    Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny
    October 10, 2016 at 6:08 am

    The weather is finally cooling down! This will be perfect for a cold night!

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