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 Soup with Ham and Rosemary from Kalyn’s Kitchen
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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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.

Notes:

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