Friday, February 17, 2012

Slow Cooker White Bean & Greens Soup ~ A Recipe

As I've said before, Tuesdays are my slow cooker dinner days, because Tuesdays can get crazy.  Here is a soup that takes 10 minutes to assemble, is super frugal, and any leftovers freeze well.  Not to mention it's GAPS-friendly and gluten-free and your family is getting a healthy amount of protein, iron, fiber, trace minerals, immune boosters, and tummy soothers.  According to my calculations (said in my nerdiest voice), each serving costs about $1.  If you really need to cut corners, skip the sausage.  That works with the ol' grocery budget, yes?

Slow Cooker White Bean & Greens Soup
Serves 10
  • 1 1/2 cups Navy beans, soaked
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound sausage of choice, cooked and sliced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 bunches greens of choice (spinach, collard, chard, a mixture...)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Celtic sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. 12-24 hours before assembling soup, soak beans in lots of water and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a non-metalic bowl (the longer you can soak them, the better).  Cover.
  2. Rinse beans thoroughly and place in crock pot.  Add stock, sausage, thyme, red pepper flakes, vinegar, & greens.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  3. Right before serving, stir in garlic, salt, and pepper.  Serve as-is (nice and chunky) or first blend with an immersion blender to consistency of choice (totally smooth, kinda chunky, or anywhere in between).  I do suggest spooning as many pieces of sausage out before blending and adding them in afterwards.  It's prettier and yummier.  Just trust me on this one.


  1. This sounds super yummy. Love your blog. I spent a long time reading tons of your posts last week, super thankful for what you've shared. Thanks so much.

  2. Yum! I've been wanting some soup lately, and this may just hit the spot. Love sausage and kale in soups, and I've been meaning to start incorporating more beans into our diet, so this should be perfect!

  3. you rock! just in time for making use of all me greens!

  4. When do the greens get added?

  5. This is one of my favorite soup. We make ours with kale and just love it.

  6. They get added along with the first batch of ingredients. I just fixed the recipe instructions. Thanks for the heads up!

  7. Mmm, that looks good. We have been making a sausage, white bean and kale soup on a pretty regular basis lately. I have been making it on the stove top. I like your idea of doing it in the slow cooker. Thanks for the inspiration.

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