Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup

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Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup

Yield: 6 servings (1 1/2 cups per serving)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8 hrs

Ingredients:

One (12-ounce) link of turkey kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large stalk celery, chopped
1/2 medium bunch kale, stems removed, & leaves chopped (about 4 cups)
3 cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
One (15.5-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
One (15.5-ounce) can great Northern beans, rinsed & drained
One (14.5-ounce) can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine (or water)
1 teaspoon dried basil
shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions:

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except Parmesan. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 hours.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as Dairy Free, skip the addition of Parmesan cheese.
*If you are preparing this recipe as Gluten-Free, make sure you add in sausage, beans and broth that are free of gluten.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Calories per serving: 241
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 5g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">1258mgg
Fiber per serving: 8g
Protein per serving: 19g
Cholesterol per serving: 37mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 31g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 4

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted slightly from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook)

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7 Responses to “Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup”

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    Joy — January 6, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

    Well this a perfect recipe for the both of us. Most everything in it we raise in our garden, with exception of great northern beans and of course the meat lol….Looks delicious! Already copied n saved in my recipes. Thank you :-)

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    Heather Hughes — January 6, 2011 @ 10:48 AM

    I actually have sausage that I have been wondering what I could do different with, I am trying this tomorrow. Please, help us busy working Mom’s and keep the slow cooker recipes coming!

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    Donna — January 7, 2011 @ 6:52 AM

    I have never cooked with Kale and don’t recall the taste. I have printed this recipe to try. That is a great photo of the soup! I have that same fabric at home. It made a lovely setting for your bowl! Thank you for sharing!

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    Marsha A — January 7, 2011 @ 1:10 PM

    What a great sounding recipe. I love making soup in my slow cooker. Thanks for the weight watcher plus points as well. That is very helpful. I will have to make this next week. Thanks for sharing.

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    jillmc — January 14, 2011 @ 4:52 AM

    This soup is wonderful! I used fresh baby spinach in place of kale. Perfect for a cold winter night! The turkey kielbasa adds just enough “spice” to the soup. Its a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

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    @h0neyb — February 7, 2011 @ 9:49 AM

    Fantastic! Will be making again!

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    jaimee — November 7, 2011 @ 4:08 AM

    Delish! I used italian chicken sausage instead of kielbasa and spinach in place of kale, since that was what I had on hand and loved the flavor the chicken sausage added. Will be making again for sure!