Friday, February 10, 2006

Crock Pot Sausage and Bean Soup

It's cold out here in Orlando, downright chilly at 36 degrees this morning. So I have soup on my mind. Here's a quick and easy recipe (in slow cooker terms) for Bean and Sausage soup that looks delicious.

2 (12 ounce) cans of different beans
1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage links (Turkey links are good too)
2 (12 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 cup white wine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 cups frozen green peas, thawed

Drain and rinse beans. Add beans to slow cooker with canned tomatoes, broth, white wine, and vegetables. Cover, and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

About one and a half hours before the meal cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until done. Slice links into 1/2 inch pieces. Add meat to slow cooker, and cook soup another 30 to 60 minutes.