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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach is a tasty stew that starts with dried beans cooked all day in the slow cooker! This tasty stew is gluten-free, low-glycemic, South Beach Diet friendly, and it freezes well. Use Stew Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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I wasn’t really planning to post this recipeso soon, but then I realized it would be fun to follow the announcement of my new slow cooker site with a slow cooker recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen! And this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach will become a recipe template for many more dishes in the future, since the recipe starts with dried beans that are cooked with broth, onions, tomatoes, and spices for 8-10 hours in the slow cooker until the beans are creamy and soft.

I had always heard that tomatoes will cause beans not to soften, but apparently a long cooking time will overcome that, because the beans in this dish were amazing. I added the sausage at the very beginning with the beans, but next time if I was home I’d probably add that halfway through the cooking time so the sausage was a little firmer. Then stir in some chopped spinach at the end and you have a delicious dinner.

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I used low-fat turkey Kielbasa to keep this South Beach Diet friendly, but use any sausage you prefer. Cut the sausage in half lengthwise and then slice into half-moon slices. Chop onions, mince garlic, and crush the rosemary and thyme in a mortar and pestle if you have one.

Put the dried beans, chicken stock, tomatoes, and spices in the slow cooker. If you’re not going to be home, go ahead and add the sausage at this time. If you will be home, I would add the sausage about halfway through the cooking time. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the beans are creamy and as soft as desired (I like them quite well done.) When the beans are done, measure 4 cups of spinach leaves, packed into the measuring cup.

Coarsely chop the spinach leaves. Add chopped spinach to the stew, turn the slow cooker to high, and cook about 30 minutes more. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the stew if desired.

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White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach is a tasty stew that starts with dried beans cooked all day in the slow cooker!


  • 1 lb. (2 cups) dried small white beans
  • 1 onion, chopped into fairly small pieces
  • 1 T finely minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock or canned chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
  • 14 oz. Kielbasa sausage, cut into half-moon slices (use low-fat turkey Kielbasa for South Beach Diet)
  • 4 packed cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Pick over the beans, removing any broken ones, and add beans to the slow cooker.
  2. Chop onion, mince the garlic, and crush the spices with a mortar and pestle (or meat mallet) and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the chicken stock and diced tomatoes to the slow cooker and start to cook on low.
  4. Cut the sausage in half lengthwise, and then slice it into half-moon slices.
  5. If you’re going to be cooking this while you’re not home, add the sausage now and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the beans are nicely softened. If you will be home, I would cook the other ingredients about 5-6 hours and then add the sausage. It will work either way, but the sausage will be softer if you add it for the entire cooking time.
  6. When beans are done to your liking, chop the spinach, turn the slow cooker to high, and cook about 30 minutes more.
  7. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on the stew if desired.


I used my Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe.

This recipe was adapted slightly from Real Simple Magazine.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions
Dried beans are a good low-glycemic choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and using low-fat turkey Kielbasa keeps this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew South Beach Diet friendly. However dried beans are limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving for Phase One, so even considering the other ingredients in this stew you should have only a small bowl for Phase One. If you want a stew with less carbs, use more sausage and spinach and less beans, but this is probably too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb eating plan.

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    70 Comments on “Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach”

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  3. Hi Kalyn,
    I’ve been making this recipe since 2013 (when I first printed it and added to my recipe binder).  I would like to add more seasoning to it. My husband likes things well seasoned and this does not have enough flavor for him. I end up eating the whole batch myself! Which is ok, but would like him to be able to eat as well.  Any suggestions on how to add more flavor?
    I also use 1.5 cups of dry beans instead of 2.  And 2 cans of tomatoes instead of 1.  Thanks!

    • Hi Julie. Glad you are enjoying it. You could of course add more garlic and dried thyme. A commenter above added hot chili flakes, which I think sounds great. I’d love some Green Tabasco Sauce in this. Other seasonings that might be good are ground fennel, dried oregano, or a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end. I wouldn’t try them all at once, but maybe some of thing things will make it appeal more to your husband!

  4. This is delicious! I did not soak (not necessary with slow cooker for white beans or pintos), and the beans were tender,(but not mushy) in 6 hours on high. I had every thing on hand, except chicken broth (which I nearly always have homemade in the freezer), but vegetable broth came to the rescue. This is not the first time I have thought veggie broth was superior to chicken. The soup was off-the-charts good in the flavor department. I did not bother to chop the garlic, just smashed it with the back of a knife, and also threw in some red pepper flakes (just a little, probably a scant 1/2 teaspoon). I give this recipe 5 stars and will make again! 

  5. What is the yield on this? I need to bring 6 quarts to a soup swap. 

  6. I made this for a second time and it turned out with a very bitter taste. Any idea what could have caused it?

    • Sorry, but I can’t imagine what would have caused that if you used these ingredients.

    • i used a kolbasa beef sausage instead of the kielbasa turkey sausage and i think this is what made my soup a bit bitter as well. Did you
      use a different sausage?

      • I wish I could help, but I none of the ingredients here are things that seem to me like they might be bitter, not even the sausage. Spinach is slightly bitter, but not overly so to most people.

  7. Definitely going to the archives…I made this initally for myself as a South Beach Diet option but the family devoured the whole pot 😋

  8. This was easy and  delicious! I will definitely make it again.

  9. In the crock pot as we speak! Cant wait to try when i get home from work!

  10. Do I need to drain the tomatoes before adding to the crockpot or does the tomato juice go in it too?

  11. I've been intending to make this for ages. I love soup and I love beans. The problem is, I live in Phoenix and with the heat here, hot soup isn't always something the family wants. I finally made this today (it's only 84 this early Nov. afternoon) and have been pretesting. I only had mixed beans from Sprouts on hand- the combination includes small red, white, black, pinto and split peas. I am planning on a bit less spinach because I know my family. Also, cooked on stovetop. Tastes good!

  12. Ok. Thank you Kalyn. Kind of what I was hoping to hear.

  13. I'd certainly taste it to see how the sausage tastes. Usually for me it's more of a texture issue; when it cooks the whole time it loses texture. If you don't like it when you taste it, I'd cook new sausage and then just cook in the slow cooker long enough to warm it through with the beans.

  14. I made this and put in the kielbasa sausage for the full 8hr cook time. The sausage turned out kind of brown… did I ruin the dish? I have not tasted it yet… If the kielbasa is over done and tastes bad can i cook up some more kielbasa and add to the beans etc..?

  15. Heather I really couldn't say how long this would take on the stove without trying it; white beans are really variable in cooking time due to how old the beans are.

  16. How long would you cook this on the stove? Thanks!

  17. Shibagurl, I think adding paprika is a brilliant idea! So glad you enjoyed it.

  18. Wow! Made this tonight and it was AMAZING!! I added Hungarian hot paprika and it gave a nice kick. 😉 The beans came out perfect and are delicious 🙂 definitely a keeper!!

  19. I have made this soup now 3 times since finding it two months ago. My husband requests it every week and now people at his work are requesting it when they visit for dinner!!! Such a hit, my 3 year old LOVES it too!!! Thank you!