Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

With so many areas getting snow this week, it’s the perfect weather for a hot and steamy bowl of this rustic, hearty Slow Cooker White Bean Soup. Once you cook the bacon (I made mine in the oven so it’s completely hands-off) and chop the veggies (I used my food chopper so this was also done in just a couple minutes – you could also use a food processor), everything just goes into the slow cooker and cooks all day. When it’s finished you just blend some of the soup and add it back in to thicken it up and you’re done. It’s so easy and less than 200 calories per serving and just 5 Green, 1 Blue or 1 Purple Weight Watchers SmartPoints! Come in from the cold. Soup’s on!

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

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Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Yield: 8 (1 cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (I just throw mine in the oven at 400 on a baking sheet for 15-18 minutes until crispy)
  • 3 (15 oz) cans of Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups reduced sodium fat free chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except the salt and pepper in your slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. If you have an immersion blender: just stick it into the cooked soup and blend about 1/3-1/2 of the mixture so that when you stir together it’s chunky but also thicker and no longer brothy. If you are using a regular blender: just transfer 3 cups of the soup mixture into your blender and blend until thick and combined. Pour it back into the pot and stir until well combined
  3. Taste when finished and add salt and pepper as desired.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 5 SmartPoints/ Blue: 1 SmartPoints/ Purple: 1 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per (1 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
194 calories, 34 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 13 g protein, 11 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from My Whole Food Life