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Italian Sausage Bean Soup
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours • Serves: 8

1 pound Schnucks Signature sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, if necessary
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
6 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 cans (15 ounces each) Schnucks great Northern beans or cannellini beans
1 can (15 ounces) Schnucks dark red kidney beans
1 can (14.5 ounces) Schnucks Italian style diced tomatoes
1 bottle (12 ounces) dark beer
1/4 cup packed Schnucks brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Schnucks ground mustard
1 teaspoon Schnucks crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Schnucks whole bay leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves

1. In bottom of 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, in the following order, add sausage (separated into small chunks), onion, garlic, undrained beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, beer, brown sugar, vinegar, ground mustard, crushed red pepper, black pepper and bay leaves.

2. Cover and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours, stirring once during cooking, if desired. Remove bay leaves; serve sprinkled with parsley. Makes about 10 cups.

Each serving: about 290 calories, 5 g total fat (2 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 780 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 17 g protein

Cook’s Wisdom
For additional heat, use Schnucks Signature hot Italian sausage.