Slow Cooker Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew

Throw together this slow cooker recipe to keep you from heading out into the cold for dinner at a restaurant. This stew is delicious, hearty and perfect for chilly winter evenings.

Slow cooker recipes are great for on-the-go adults who don’t have time to put together a meal after work. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and that’s it! Instead of waiting until 6 p.m. to decide what you want for dinner, this slow cooker recipe will be ready and waiting for you when dinnertime rolls around.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 gloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. dried, white beans
  • 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage
  • One 14.5-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • One 4-oz. chunk Parmesan rind
  • ½ cup ditalini pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread for serving

Slow Cooker Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew

Instructions
1. Spread the onions over the bottom of a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and top with the carrot, garlic, white beans, sausage links and fresh thyme bundle. Mix the diced tomatoes with the broth and 3 cups water and pour over the sausage mixture. Add the Parmesan rind.
2. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours. The beans will be tender and start to fall apart.
3. Uncover the slow cooker, remove and discard the thyme bundle and Parmesan rind and transfer the sausage links to a cutting board. Stir the pasta into the stew and continue to cook until the pasta is cooked, around 20 minutes.
4. Turn off the heat, cut the sausage into bite sized pieces and stir into the stew along with the parsley and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with grated Parmesan sprinkled on top and a slice of crusty bread on the side. Enjoy!


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