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Tuscan Sausage & Potato Soup


Soup is one of my favorite meals. Pair it with a salad or some bread and dinner is served. The sausage and seasonings add a lot of flavor, while big chunks of potato make for a satisfying meal and best of all with just a little pre-preparation, you can put all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and go and do other things…perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3-7 hours
Serves: 6-8


4 slices of bacon, diced

2 lbs. bulk mild sausage
2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans
6-7 c. chicken stock, divided
1 T. crushed red pepper flakes
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

2 lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
Salt and black pepper, to taste
½ c. half and half, tempered**

3 c. fresh kale, finely chopped
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese


**Temper the half and half by adding a little bit of the hot liquid to it before stirring it into the slow cooker crock.



  1. Brown the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sausage to the same skillet and brown, breaking it up into small bite-sized chunks with a spatula while it cooks. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess fat from pan. Transfer bacon and sausage to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
  2. Puree one can of cannellini beans (undrained) in a blender or food processor. Drain and rinse the other can of cannellini beans and add the puree and whole beans to the slow cooker.
  3. Add 6 cups chicken stock, red pepper flakes, chopped onion, potatoes, and to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. Remove lid and add tempered half and half, kale, Parmesan cheese and remaining chicken stock, if necessary, to achieve the desired consistency. Stir to combine and allow 5-10 minutes for kale to soften before serving.



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