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Slow-Cooker Easy Italian Sausage Vegetable Soup

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 9 hr 45 min
  • Servings 7

Garbanzos, zucchini, Parmesan, tomatoes, sausage--this easy recipe turns to classic Italian flavorings to create a satisfying soup. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1/2
lb. bulk Italian pork sausage
1
cup sliced fresh carrots
1
large baking potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1
garlic clove, minced
2
(14-oz.) cans beef broth
1
(15-oz.) can garbanzo beans or Chickpeas, drained
1
(14.5-oz.) can pasta-style chunky tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2
cups water
1/2
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1
bay leaf
1
cup julienne-cut (2x1/8x1/8-inch) zucchini
1/4
cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook sausage in large skillet until no longer pink, stirring frequently. Drain. In 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine cooked sausage and all remaining ingredients except zucchini and cheese; stir gently to mix.
  • 2
    Cover; cook on Low setting for 7 to 9 hours.
  • 3
    About 30 minutes before serving, remove and discard bay leaf from soup. Gently stir in zucchini. Cover; cook an additional 30 minutes or until zucchini is tender.
  • 4
    To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls. Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

  • Baking potatoes have low moisture and high starch content. Known as russets or Idaho potatoes, they are characterized by their long, slightly rounded shape and rough brown skin.
  • A serving of this soup provides a good source of fiber.
  • Pick up a loaf of focaccia and warm it to serve with this chunky soup. For an easy dessert, warm apple pie filling and serve it over ice cream with a drizzle of caramel ice cream topping.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
220
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
1000mg
42%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
6g
24%
Sugars
4g
Protein
14g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
12%
12%
Calcium
12%
12%
Iron
16%
16%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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