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White Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup {Slow Cooker}

White Bean, Sausage, and Spinach Soup that's been simmering all day in a slow cooker is ultimate comfort in a bowl. Make a second bag of this Italian-inspired soup for your freezer!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 357kcal


  • 30 ounces white beans rinsed and drained; 2 cans
  • 1 cup onion diced; ½ a large onion
  • 1 cup celery chopped; about 3 stalks
  • 1 cup carrots sliced; about 2 carrots
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh
  • 12 ounces cooked sausage links sliced and halved; any type; we used 4 chicken sausage links
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth or your favorite broth
  • 6 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • freshly grated Parmesan, optional


  • Add white beans to slow cooker. Use a fork to mash about ½ cup of the beans.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker except for the spinach leaves and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  • Stir in spinach about 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if using.



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Expert Tips and Notes:
  1. Use any type of white bean including navy, cannelli or Great Northern bean. See all ingredient substitutions above. 
  2. Recipe may be assembled ahead of time and frozen. No cooking required. Add all of the ingredients to a freezer-safe bag, except for broth and spinach. When ready to enjoy, defrost in refrigerator overnight. Add broth and proceed with cooking instructions.
  3. To prepare on the stovetop: Add about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot and soften the vegetables for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the spinach and Parmesan cheese) to the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir in the spinach just before serving. 


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 1225mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6820IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 7mg