This Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup is an easy and delicious slow cooker soup.
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 not all slow cooker recipes are all that good.
Many readers have asked that I expand my slow cooker recipe section, and I’m working on it. I have 50 of them so far. I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are worthy of posting and sharing with the world. And I found one! This Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup is a slow cooker recipe to make again and again.
How to make Slow Cooker 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. Spinach may be substituted for the kale if you prefer that.
This recipe originally 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 are on the Weight Watcher’s plan then that’s just a bonus. 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 Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup. Soup is perfect for a chilly day, and although it’s pretty sunny here in my part of the world in the winter, 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 gobbles this one up, and they are never aware that this is such a healthy soup. Enjoy!
Here are a few more slow cooker soup recipes you might like to try:
Slow Cook Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup
- One 12-ounce link of turkey kielbasa sausage, cut into ¼-inch-thick rounds
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 large stalk celery, chopped
- ½ 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 and drained
- One 15.5-ounce can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- One 14.5-ounce can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
- ½ cup dry red wine (or water)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
- In a slow cooker, add all ingredients except Parmesan, and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low until the vegetables are tender, about 8 to 10 hours.
- Ladle individual servings, and top with Parmesan cheese (if desired).
- 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.
- Spinach may be substituted for kale.
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!
Fantastic! Will be making again!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 🙂