12 April 2014

Slow-Cooker White Bean-Kielbasa Soup with Spinach

White Bean-Kielbasa Soup with Spinach

April is a cool month in Wisconsin with long twilights redolent with fresh earth and woodsmoke. We come inside from yard and garden chores, seeking warmth and a satisfying meal. It's not yet time for picnic fare, or even grilling: We've worked up an appetite for something a bit heartier.

This tasty soup, from Kalyn at Kalyn's Kitchen fills the bill - and the tummy.


I had all the ingredients on hand, and it was an opportunity for me to use up the better part of a bag of Great Northern Beans.

Because I know how long it takes for this particular bean to become tender, I soaked the beans in water overnight. (Next time, I'll use Navy Beans.) Otherwise, I followed instructions to the proverbial T. Great Northern Beans are a bit stubborn, so the entire meal remained in the slow cooker a bit longer than Kalyn's recipe recommends.

It was worth the wait! And it felt very healthy, too. I love soup with kielbasa, but usually add cabbage. Spinach was a nice change. 

4 comments:

Andrea - Under a Blue Moon said...

That looks delicious. So delicious that I just ran to the store and got all the ingredients and popped them in my slow cooker! I'm cheating a bit and used rinsed canned beans because I want to eat it tonight. Can wait to taste it!

M.D. Johns said...

I think that kind of "cheating" is allowed, Andrea! I was delighted to find a use for my leftovers; I vow never to buy Great Northern Beans again!

Navy beans all the way! Go Navy!

Kalyn Denny said...

How fun, and so glad you enjoyed it. I love cooked-from-scratch beans so much; should make an effort to cook my own all the time and ditch the cans!

M.D. Johns said...

I have tons of beans in my pantry and must use them; I will turn to you and Lydia for inspiration!