CrockPot White Bean and Sausage Soup

Day 146.

We went from a hundred million degrees to freezing in the course of about 4 days. Weird.

I get cold easily, and really felt like some soup. I'm making my way through the garbanzo bean surplus and threw together a soup with what we had on hand.

The Ingredients.

--1 can white kidney beans
--1 can pinto beans (I guess these aren't really white)
--1 can garbanzo beans
--1 t thyme
--2-4 spicy chicken or turkey sausage
--1/2 chopped yellow onion
--1/2 cup leftover rice pilaf (if you want to use raw rice, you should have enough liquid to add 1/4 to 1/3 cup without losing soupiness)
--2 cups chopped fresh vegetables (I had broccoli, carrots, asparagus)
--1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

The Directions.

Drain your beans (I didn't rinse, for no reason other than sheer laziness) and throw them into your crock. Chop up whatever vegetables you are going to use in tiny pieces. I used my Pampered Chef handy dandy chopper. Slice the sausage that you are going to use. I chose to use two spicy turkey sausage---if you would like your soup to have a kick, use more than two. Two just kind of gives flavor without spice.

Cook on low for 6-9 hours, or on high for 4-5. The soup is done when it's heated through and the vegetables are tender, but it's not going to hurt anything to cook it longer and give the flavors more time to meld.

The Verdict.

This was super easy to throw together, because I had everything on hand. I am usually tempted to throw tomatoes into soup, and was glad that I refrained this time. The broth was mellow and wasn't too spicy for the kids. I served it with shredded Parmesan cheese on top.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at May 25, 2008

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  1. Anonymous5/25/2008

    Hey Crockpot lady!! Love the site. I have the garlic bake potatoes in the pot now. What can you do with a pork shoulder besides pulled pork. I had to buy it is was like 49 cents a pound now it has been sitting in my freezer staring at me. Any ideas or do it resort to my old standby??

  2. as always - you are a life saver!! this is what's for dinner tonight. (I'm roasting garbanzo beans in the over right now, having acquired a taste for them reading your blog last night - but forgetting to get them in the crockpot. ha)

    thanks SO much for sharing your adventure with us.

  3. I have been wanting to try a recipe from your blog for ages, and finally did last night. I was feeling like a 'fall' type recipe and soup seemed like a good place to start! I had to make a few substitutions so I didn't have to make a trip to the store though, so I used black beans instead of white, added pepper and an extra 4 cups of stock, 3/4 cup raw long grain rice, and used smoked turkey kielbasa sausage. Turned out pretty dang good! My veggie-avoiding hubby even had a second bowl!

  4. Anonymous1/13/2009

    Hey Steph!!! I have missed you! I am so happy that you are back..I really have enjoyed your 365 days of the crock pot, recipes, humor and all that. Thanks so much. Now, I am super happy that you are doing more in the crock stuff. Good for you and US! Thank you thank you thank you! Glad yall had fun at Disneyland. You deserved that trip for all of your wonderful goodies and sharing with us. I have made a lot of your recipes and we loved them. I am soooo glad you are back to writing and posting and sharing. Happy new year to yall!!! Karen

  5. Anonymous1/23/2009

    Glad you're back, even if you aren't really back. We tried this White Bean and Sausage Soup, and even with a few missteps it was great. I used regular rolled turkey sausuage, just 1/2 pound, and it turned out great! Looking around for chicken recipes today. Thanks for all the ideas!

  6. Hi stephanie! Will be making this tomorrow as i have all the ingredients already! Love it!

  7. Steph,
    I can't thank you enough for your blog. This recipe has become a "go to" recipe for me when I need to through a quick meal in. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand. I make it for our annual family reunion and everyone including the kids eat it up.

  8. Everyone that has tried this soup LOVES it and always asks for the recipe. I like to use ground sausage (with no casing) rather than the links and I add tiny pasta stars, but otherwise I follow the recipe.

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!