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Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup

Enjoy a big bowl of Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup loaded with big, robust flavors and perfect with a side of crusty bread.  Made with cannellini beans, coarsely chopped kale, chunks of sweet Italian sausage, lemon juice and pesto in Swanson® Chicken Broth, this easy, hearty, comforting soup is perfect for busy, chilly days.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time6 hrs 40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth
  • 30 ounces cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (or Great Northern or Navy beans) 2 cans
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 bunch kale roughly chopped with stems removed
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice + 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prep the vegetables by chopping the carrots and onion, and mincing the garlic cloves.
  • Add the chopped vegetables to a large slow cooker along with pesto, red pepper flakes, and Swanson® Chicken Broth. Cover tightly with lid and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove lid and add in sweet Italian sausage, breaking it up into small bite-size chunks.  Stir in kale, rinsed and drained cannellini beans, and lemon juice and zest. 
  • Cover again and cook on high for another 30-45 minutes until sausage is cooked through and soup is hot.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.  Leftover soup can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


Optional:  If you happen to have a Parmesan cheese rind, throw that in the slow cooker with everything else.  It adds wonderful flavor, but it's not absolutely necessary for this soup.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1371mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4351IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 5mg