Yield: 4-6, depending on appetite
½ lb ground sweet Italian sausage
½ finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, crushed
15.5 oz can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes [Muir Glen]
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup finely chopped celery
½ Tbsp salt-free Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
2 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth [Pacific Foods]
1 cup chopped zucchini
Salt & pepper, as desired
- Brown sausage in a hot skillet. Transfer sausage to slow cooker. Drain oil from skillet. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until onion is translucent.
- Put onions, garlic, beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, seasoning blend, bay leaf, and broth in with the sausage. Cover and cook on Low for 8-10 hours.
- Add zucchini, stir, and cook for another 20 min or until zucchini is desired tenderness.
- Remove bay leaf, season to taste, and serve.