Slow Cooker Sausage Spinach and White Bean Soup
A healthy and delicious dinner doesn’t have to be far from reach when you have this slow cooker andouille sausage, spinach and white bean soup recipe on your radar. This hearty soup is from Chungah, the author of the Damn Delicious recipe blog, and features a mixture of sausage, white beans and colourful vegetables, which will keep your family not only satisfied but also well nourished. This soup recipe also requires very little preparation, because everything gets combined in your crock pot and the crockpot does most of the cooking on its own. A few moments of preparation, a combination of ingredients in your slow cooker, and a few hours later, you can have dinner on the table, even if you had to go to work or run errands during the day.
This comfort meal is perfect to enjoy on a chilly winter or autumn day when you need something to warm you up. Simply serve this soup recipe with some sliced fresh bread or biscuits and a green salad, and you will have a wonderful, nourishing meal for the coldest days. Although you can make this slow cooker soup recipe on your stovetop, the benefit of preparing it in the crock pot is that you can leave it alone for hours and the flavour will become better by cooking low and slow for seven or more hours. The soup, as with all crock pot recipes, will be ready when you and your family are ready to eat at the end of the day when cooking meals are often at its most trying. Everyone will adore this easy meal with its tender sausage, beans and veggies, and there may be leftovers to take for lunches the following day.
The secret to making this dinner recipe extra easy is to use canned beans rather than dry. Dry beans are often preferred over canned because they have a firmer texture once cooked, but when the time isn’t at hand, a can of beans will be just as nutritious. Dried beans usually have to be soaked in water overnight before being cooked for a few hours until tender. In the case of canned beans, you can simply drain and rinse them, and then add them to your favourite dishes and crock pot meals like this one. You can purchase low or no sodium canned beans if you are looking to limit your sodium intake, or simply rinse a can of full salt beans thoroughly with water. In this white bean soup recipe, Chungah uses Great Northern white beans, which are a white, kidney-shaped bean very similar to navy or cannellini beans. As a result, if you can’t find Great Northern white beans or only have cannellini or navy beans in your pantry, just use those instead. This sausage and bean soup recipe will be just as delicious no matter what kind of bean you use.
Andouille sausage is the meat of choice in this soup recipe, but you can substitute with whatever sausage you prefer. Andouille is a sausage that is French in origin but has become synonymous with Creole cuisine. This sausage is prepared with pork, which is smoked and combined with seasonings. If you don’t eat pork or would like something with a healthier halo, a chicken or turkey sausage would work well as well. Many of Chungah’s readers cited using different varieties of sausage with delicious results. Even a cured sausage like kielbasa or chorizo would be tasty additions to this hearty soup recipe. Thank you to Chungah, the author of the Damn Delicious recipe blog, for sharing her slow cooker andouille sausage, spinach and white bean soup recipe with us.
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