Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup

Here’s an easy slow cooker soup:  Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup


  • 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


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.


  • 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: 241, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 1258mgg, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 19g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS:  Points Plus Program: 6, Old Points Program: 4
SOURCE: (Adapted slightly from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook)

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

  1. postedJan 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 🙂

  2. postedJan 6, 2011 10:48 AM
    Heather Hughes

    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!

  3. postedJan 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!

  4. postedJan 7, 2011 1:10 PM
    Marsha A

    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.

  5. postedJan 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!

  6. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:49 AM

    Fantastic! Will be making again!

  7. postedNov 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!

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