The weather looks like it’s cooling off this week. Yay! I’m kind of over the 90 degree summer days. I am ready for those fall, cozy, cool crisp air, pumpkiny days. 😉 I loved coming home to this healthy slow cooker white bean and spinach soup after a long day at work.
This healthy slow cooker white bean and spinach soup is a for sure keeper in my household. Everybody ate it. It’s loaded with veggies. Comes together easily, set the crockpot before you leave for work or in am and your house will smell amazing when you get home I promise. 🙂
This recipe makes a big batch so you’ll have leftovers for lunches or for a busy weekday dinner later in the week.
I have found crockpot meals really work well for me with the two little ones. That way I can pick them up, get home from work and have a little time to play one on one with them vs hovering over some dinner prep. Makes them happier and a happier mommy.
I’d love to hear from some of you with your favorite crockpot recipes… I’m always looking for new things to try in my slow cooker.
Healthy Slow Cooker White Bean and Spinach Soup Ingredients
A lot of the ingredients for my healthy slow cooker soup are variable in this recipe (which I love because lets be honest I’m not goin to the store for 1 ingredient). Don’t have chicken sausage, but you have meatballs? throw those in instead. Don’t have Thyme in the garden but you have leftover Rosemary, use it! However… If you stray from the recipe too much I don’t want to hear that the soup wasn’t good. Haha.
** Check out these leftovers! Healthy Slow Cooker White Bean and Spinach Soup with a piece of fruit and I have lunch for 3 days. Well – actually I should say Kenny has lunch for 3 days (he tends to swipe the leftovers before I can get to them). But, that’s ok – I feel good about myself if he’s getting quality healthy leftovers for lunch vs processed lunch meat sandwiches.
Fresh Thyme… mmm mmm. What an underrated herb. I will definitely be planting this in the herb garden again next year. It is such a delicate herb, but packs a really nice flavor. A little bit goes a long way. I will be working on drying some of my thyme is the next few weeks so it doesn’t go to waste.
Simple Tips for Cooking with Thyme
Enjoy, I hope you have fun with this recipe!
Healthy Slow Cooker White Bean and Spinach Soup
The perfect simple and healthy soup recipe for chilly fall days.
- 32 Ounces Chicken broth
- 2 Cups Water
- 3 Stalks Celery Chopped
- 3 Links Chicken sausage (I used italian) Or regular sausage if you prefer, ~1 cup chopped
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 2 15 ounce cans Great norther beans Drained, rinsed
- 2 Each Bay leaves
- 1/2 Tsp Oregano
- 1-2 Tsp Fresh thyme Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Fresh parsley Chopped
- 4 Cups Spinach Lightly packed
- 1/2 Cup Ditalini pasta Uncooked
Add all ingredients except spinach and ditalini pasta to slow cooker
Cook on low for 6-8 hrs or high for 3-4 hrs
Add spinach and pasta just prior to serving, cook for an additional ~15 minutes until the pasta is tender and spinach is cooked
Top with fresh sprig of thyme and parmesan cheese for serving (optional)