A Crockpot Recipe… and it’s GOOD!

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It’s such a great invention, really… a pot that you can throw a bunch of stuff in and let it do all of the cooking for you. At the end of the day, you take off the lid and dinner is ready for your family. What could be better, right? The idea is fabulous but I don’t always find that the recipes turn out all that great. Many readers have asked that I expand my slow cooker recipe section, and I’m working on it. I promise… I’m trying really hard to find recipes that are worthy of posting and sharing with the world. And I found one!  Slow- Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup.

This soup is quite delicious and it really can’t get much easier. Just dump all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do its thing for 8 to 10 hours.  It’s filled with turkey kielbasa, chopped veggies (onion, carrot, celery, kale, tomatoes) and beans.

The recipe came from a Weight Watcher’s cookbook (of all places!), and it’s a major keeper. It’s quite filling at 1 1/2 cups per serving, and if you happen to be on the Weight Watcher’s plan then you can count a mere 6 points for your cup ‘o soup.  This recipe happens to be naturally gluten-free (just be careful of purchasing GF sausage).

You absolutely do NOT have to be on a diet to enjoy this recipe. Soup is perfect for a chilly day, and although it’s pretty sunny here in Southern California, we have our share of (what we deem to be) chilly evenings. Soup warms the soul and is a welcome dinner to be waiting for you and your family at the end of a busy day.  My family gobbled this one up, and they were completely unaware that this was such a healthy soup.

I served up this soup with some homemade bread:  Rosemary- Sea Salt Italian Bread (also Weight Watchers-friendly).

So, are you a fan of the crockpot? Do you have a must-try recipe that I should know about?   If so, please share in the comments below…

Recipes can be found here:
Slow-Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup
Rosemary- Sea Salt Italian Bread

Other Slow Cooker Recipes on the blogs that look worthy of trying:
Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese by 5 Dollar Dinners
Slow Cooker Beef Stew by The Perfect Pantry
Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans and Rice by Kalyns Kitchen
Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by La Fuji Mama
Slow Cooker Cassoulet by Phemomenon

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Jessica wrote:

    My husband and I enjoyed this for dinner last night. Fantastic! And so easy. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Cookin’ Canuck wrote:

    I am always looking for good recipes for my crockpot. This one is being bookmarked – love the turkey kielbasa!

  • Alissa wrote:

    Love this recipe! Your photos are amazing and happy 3 year blog birthday!

  • megan wrote:

    Looks good Lori. I gotta try that bread too! Thumbs up!

  • Marilyn@ButteryBooks wrote:

    Crock pots are a must in today’s crazy world. Sausage, veggies and beans – yum! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Amanda wrote:

    Looks great Lori, so does that bread! I have a favorite called To Die For Pot Roast http://www.amandascookin.com/2008/10/to-die-for-pot-roast.html it does use a packet of Italian seasoning and a packet of Ranch dressing, so not sure if you are hip on that, but it does taste amazing!

  • Amanda L. wrote:

    I love my crockpot! I’ve made everything from soup to pulled pork to dips. I don’t know how I would live without it!

  • Kalynskitchen wrote:

    I think the crockpot is a great way to cook when you get the right recipe, and it sounds like you did! Thanks for the mention.

  • Lauren wrote:

    This looks fabulous. Crock pot recipes are the best – I love cooking and forgetting about it!