Make your family feel warm and cozy around the dining table tonight: Serve this Sausage Tuscan White Bean Soup – made in the crock pot for easy meal prep!
It’s easy to put together and your slow cooker does the work for you – perfect to have dinner waiting for you on busy weeknights!
This recipe is tomato based, filled with healthy vegetables and so hearty and rustic to warm you up on cold fall and winter days.
What’s in this post:
Growing up, we ate very little soup.
There’s only one culprit to blame, and he goes by the name of my brother.
My brother hates soup.
I used to be the kind of person who judges moms for their decisions around food.
We’re talking about the realms of “your kid doesn’t like this? It’s probably your fault for not making it in the first place.”
Or “I would never cook in a way just so my kids like it.”
And then I actually had kids. And realized how yes, the wrong colored spoon at dinner can indeed turn the rest of the evening into a very loud and very exhausting fight.
Don’t even get me started on the food. Sandwich cut the wrong way around? Meltdown. Not the shape of pasta the toddler wanted today? Meltdown.
Luckily, both my kids are very un-picky eaters, so while we cope with colors, shapes and geometry at every single meal time, at least I can pretty much cook what I feel like – as long as I stay within the general kid-friendly parameters of “not spicy” and “easy to chew”.
And in all honesty? I mostly feel like quick and simple these days.
The more active the babe is getting, the more I rely on recipes for my slow cooker (like my all-time favorite Slow Cooker Chili). I’ll basically make dinner while she naps in the morning and then won’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. Pretty good mom hack in my books.
Unlike my brother, both my munchkins are crazy for soup – so we’re having something like this Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup a lot. I first got hooked on these flavours when I made my One Pot Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Gnocchi, and this season nothing is going to stop me from making something like this every single week.
And in case you’re an avid recipe searcher around here, you may have realized that I shared this Crockpot Tuscan White Bean Chicken Stew just last week – but I think you’re not going to complain as they’re both pretty fabulous meals.
My best tips for this crock pot soup:
Switch it up
This is a recipe you can customize so easily – I do it all the time!
I vary the meat, the noodles, the beans, the veggies – sometimes I blend part of the beans to make it creamier.
That way I don’t need to reinvent the wheel for dinner every week, yet we don’t repeat the exact same meal all the time.
Make it freezer-friendly
If you plan on freezing the soup, I recommend making it without the orzo and spinach. The spinach will wilt too much and the pasta would turn mushy.
Simply leave them out, cool the soup and then freeze it in portions. When you’re reheating, simply cook some orzo separately and stir it into the soup with some fresh spinach once the soup is piping hot.
Adjust for dietary needs
Make it vegetarian and vegan: Leave out the sausage and add two cans of beans instead of one when directed in the recipe. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Make it gluten free: Use gluten free pasta OR leave it out and stir in cooked rice right before serving. Make sure all your other ingredients are certified gluten free!
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This post was first published as Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage on FoodFanatic.