Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

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Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is a mouthful to say and a mouthful of flavor- mushrooms, beans, Italian sausage, and Spinach to liven up the dinner table and fill you up. Plus it is made in the slow cooker, so you don’t have to worry about it all day.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Soup with Spinach

Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is something to get excited about this fine Monday morning! Between the beans and the spinach, I’m sure it has a lot of iron and other vitamins and minerals. I love this soup! I loved that the recipe called for dried beans. Just give them a rinse and sort through them quickly to pick out anything odd (you’ll be shocked at how often you find little rocks in dried beans…), and toss them in. Everything ends up tasting like brothy sausage heaven in the end and the spinach gives it a light fresh pop. It was so good! The kids were a bit critical of the soup, but serve it with a side of crusty bread (my favorite no-knead recipe), and everyone will be happy. Plus it’s healthy. What’s not to love?

America's Test Kitchen's Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

How could I thicken up the chicken broth for a thicker soup?

A great way to easily thicken a soup is to add a slurry of flour and water and let the soup cook some more to thicken. Since slow cooker recipes take a little longer, add it at least 3o minutes before the soup is done so it has time to thicken up.

What can I serve with this soup?

I love serving breads with soups, including cornbread, because they are great for dipping! Other options include salads, steamed veggies, stuffing, baked potatoes, oven roasted potatoes and/or veggies, and more!

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Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is a mouthful to say and a mouthful of flavor- mushrooms, beans, Italian sausage, and Spinach to liven up the dinner table and fill you up. Plus it is made in the slow cooker, so you don't have to worry about it all day.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces cooked hot or sweet Italian chicken sausage, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces whit mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • 8 ounces (1 1/4 cups) 15-bean soup mix, flavoring packet discarded, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces baby spinach, (4 cups)
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Instructions 

  • Microwave the sausage, onion, garlic, thyme, and pepper flakes in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Place the onion mixture in your slow cooker. Add the broth, water, mushrooms, dried beans, bay leaves, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine. Cover and cook until the beans are tender, 9 to 11 hours on low or 6 to 8 hours on high.
  • Throw away the bay leaves. Stir in the spinach and let it sit until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve right away.

Notes

A 4 to 7 quart slow cooker is the best size for this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 6 servings, Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 1269mg, Potassium: 560mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1860IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 3mg
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America's Test Kitchen's Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

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This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in September 2019.

This Healthy Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Soup with Spinach is an easy recipe to put in the slow cooker and make a delicious meal for later, with crisp spinach and sausage to add pops of flavor that you and your body will love.

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33 Comments

  1. Annette says:

    I’m crazy about soup and could live on it morning, noon, and night. This recipe looks/sounds delicious.

  2. Tara says:

    I’ll be trying this one tomorrow night 😉

  3. Mary says:

    Doubt my kids would eat it, but the soup looks yummy!

  4. Sara says:

    Yum!!! Looks delish

  5. juanita says:

    will make this soup tomorrow , cannot wait to try this soup.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Stephanie C. says:

    Looks Yummy! I am having a difficult time getting dinners made with my new baby so I was thinking of doing more crock pot cooking. Which ATK crockpot cookbook do you recommend for easyish to put together meals if I don’t win this awesome one? 🙂

  7. Dijah W says:

    That looks delicious. We’re eating tons of bean soup right now and this is a great one to add to the menu. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Annalise Smith says:

    I’m always looking for new recipes for my slow cooker. Thanks for sharing this. It looks amazing!

  9. Emily Johnson says:

    i love sausage and bean soup. and spinach! win!

    1. Melissa says:

      Be warned, only half my kids ate it… but serve it with a good bread and it comes out to a whole dinner right?!

    2. Emily Johnson says:

      Was it too spicy for them? I have one kid that hates beans. Who hates beans??

    3. Melissa says:

      Not at all! It was good, they were just annoyed with a soup+beans+spinach LOL. They did pick out the sausage though 🙂

  10. Beka says:

    Looks like this is going on my grocery list next week!