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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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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

More Tasty Recipes with Dried White Beans:

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White Bean Soup with Ham and Rosemary from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pasta with Arugula and White Beansfrom This Week for Dinner
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 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”

  1. how long would you recommend cooking if using canned beans?


  2. Sparkle Queen, so glad you liked it so much, thanks!

  3. Hi Kalyn!

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I was honestly looking for a great and healthy, but still easy to make, soup for me and yours hit the spot! I absolutely loved it!

    I shared my results and your links with my followers on my blog. Thanks again, and I look forward to more of your posts!

    <3 The Sparkle Queen

  4. Fun hearing from someone in Russia, but I don't know what perdvaritelno is?

  5. In Ukraine, Russia often use white beans in soups, but perdvaritelno soaked in water (preferably overnight), then the cooking of soup is reduced by several times.

    Thank you 🙂

  6. Troy, so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Made this today, and it was great. Really glad I found your site.

  8. Emily, most sites that caution about red beans refer to red kidney beans, although I did find this site that says all red beans should be parboiled before using them in the slow cooker. I would probably err on the side of caution.

    I don't know what would cause an off taste in this. I don't think it would be the garlic, since it's cooked all day. Mine was definitely good, but I used white beans.

  9. Just made this today with small red beans (it's red kidney beans that have the toxicity issue, not small red beans…right?!) and there's an unpleasant off taste. Maybe it was the raw garlic? I was really excited about the recipe but the result is pretty crummy, in my case. Will rescue it with hot sauce and try a different recipe next time. FYI I followed the recipe except for the bean substitution, and added the kielbasa after 5 hours of cooking.

  10. This method won't work for red beans (which need to be parboiled to be safe in the pressure cooker) but I think white beans, kidney beans, and butter beans could be cooked this way. I would probably just use one package of spinach, and thaw before you put it in the stew. Glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  11. Super excited about cooking the beans without soaking. Love skipping steps. Will this work for other kinds of beans? Red beans, kidney beans, black beans, etc?

    My market at this time of year only has fresh spinach as baby spinach in bags for salad and it is crazy expensive so I bought frozen chopped spinach in 9 oz. boxes. Should I use 1 or 2?

    Thanks so much. I love yr recipes. I'm saving them to ziplist and have put ziplist on my phone so I can shop for my ingredients. I LOVE that I'm cooking real food from real ingredients (sometimes frozen) but using modern technology. Seems kinda subversive, which I love!!!

  12. Terry, the fact that these beans softened so well with all-day cooking even though they were not soaked was a pleasant surprise for me. If you want to soak the beans, the stew will cook more quickly, but for cooking all day, this turned out so well.

  13. A dumb question! When I use dried beans I always have soaked them overnight. Do you use these dried or pre-soaked?


  14. Andrea, this was so simple and good!

    Thanks Dara, I am so excited too.

  15. This is another wonderful slow cooker recipe, Kalyn and I know my family would really enjoy the flavors in this (anything with sausage gets their vote). I'm so excited about your slow cooker site!

  16. Kielbasa is one of my favorite sausages, and I love the idea of pairing it with the white beans. Great idea!

  17. Joanne, thanks. I am excited too. And this could easily be a vegetarian soup with the same method.

    Thanks Matt!

    BurntApple, I am excited too! Glad you like this recipe.

  18. I am so excited about your new slow cooker site! This recipe is amazing and I'm going to put it on my list of meals to try. Thank you!

  19. It's sooo good, thanks so much for posting this recipe

  20. If there's more of this deliciousness to come, then I'm super excited about the new slow cooker site (I mean…I knew that only deliciousness could ensue from that)! The white bean/kielbasa mix sounds like a delicious pairing!