Slow Cooker Italian Style Bean Soup

WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Italian-Style Mixed Bean Soup
(280 calories | 7 4 4 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)

I love making and eating homemade soups. It's one of my tastiest, easiest strategies I know for losing weight and staying slim. So I'm excited to be sharing this super easy, tasty, hearty soup that will warm you inside and out!

All you need is 3 ingredients and a slow cooker to make this Italian Style Bean Soup:

  • Ground turkey sausage 
  • Marinara sauce
  • Bean soup mix

I used Hurst's 15 Bean Soup which includes a seasoning packet and a combination of 15 different bean varieties. But any bean soup mix will work: 4-bean, 10-bean, 13-bean, 16-bean, etc.

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Easy 15-Bean & Sausage CrockPot Soup?

According to my calculations, each serving has 280 calories and:

7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Makes about 10 cups of soup.

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How to Make WW Friendly Italian Style 15 Bean Soup

Step 1: Gather and Prep Your ingredients... Italian style turkey sausage, dry bean soup mix, marinara sauce

Step 2: Brown the sausage in a skillet. Drain and add to the crock pot along with sauce, rinsed and drained beans, seasoning packet and water.

Step 3:  Cover and cook until the beans are tender. Add more water if the soup gets too thick

 

Recipe Notes, Substitutions & Variations

This is a thick soup. For a thinner soup, add additional water or broth. 

Bulk this up: with the addition of vegetables: Chopped onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms and zucchini would all work well. 

Additions: Italian seasoning blend, dried oregano, basil or herbs de' Provence would be delicious

Spicier: Add crushed red pepper flakes

Southwestern: Take this 15-Bean soup in a southwestern direction by adding chile powder and ground cumin

Vegetarian: Leave out the sausage or use your favorite vegetarian meatless crumbles instead.

What to Serve with this Italian Style 15-Bean Soup?

I like to serve this soup sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. A dollop of low fat ricotta stirred in is also creamy and delicious. Some crusty bread and/or your favorite green salad would be perfect accompaniments.

Ways to Use Soup Leftovers

The leftovers freeze beautifully, and I delight in having lots of little containers in the fridge or freezer ready to go for quick and easy lunches during the week. You may need to add a little extra broth or water to think it out a bit when reheating.

Pasta Fagioli - Add broth and cooked ditalini pasta to some of your leftover soup to create a quick and easy pasta fagioli.

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Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Italian Bean Soup

This super easy, tasty, hearty soup that will warm you inside and out! All you need is 3 ingredients and a slow cooker to make this Italian Style Bean Soup: Ground turkey sausage, Marinara sauce, and Bean soup mix.
Course Main, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Slow Cooker italian bean soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Calories 280kcal
Author Martha | Simple Nourished Living

Equipment

  • Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 6 Quart

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian Style Turkey Sausage
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bean soup mix with flavor packet
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce (such as Classico tomato and basil)
  • 2.5 empty pasta sauce jars water

Instructions

  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, brown and break up the sausage into crumbles. Drain any accumulated fat. Scrape the pan contents into your slow cooker.
  • Rinse and drain the beans and add to the slow cooker.  Add the entire jar of pasta sauce, and two and a half jars-worth of water. Sprinkle in the seasoning packet. Stir to combine.
  • Cover, and cook on low until the beans are tender, about 8 to 10 hours on LOW, 5 to 6 hours on high.
  • If the mixture becomes to thick, add additional water to thin it down.

Notes

This is a thick soup. For a thinner soup, add additional water or broth. 
Bulk this up: with the addition of vegetables: Chopped onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms and zucchini would all work well. 
Additions: Italian seasoning blend, dried oregano, basil or herbs de' Provence would be delicious
Spicier: Add crushed red pepper flakes
Southwestern: Take this 15-Bean soup in a southwestern direction by adding chile powder and ground cumin
Vegetarian: Leave out the sausage or use your favorite vegetarian meatless crumbles instead.
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 14g

Recipe source: A Year of Slow Cooking

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

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A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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Slow Cooker Italian Style Bean Soup