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Slow-Cooker Spinach Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 7 hours

Makes

3 quarts

This navy bean soup is heartwarming comfort food at its best. It's my signature soup that I make for my family and friends. The bright red and green of the peppers and spinach give it a suitably seasonal look. —Barbara Shay, Pasadena, California
Slow-Cooker Spinach Bean Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 smoked turkey wing (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 cups chopped fresh spinach (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  2. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine beans, broth, water, turkey wing, onion, jalapeno, garlic, bay leaves, pepper and pepper flakes. Cook, covered, on low until beans are tender, 7-9 hours.
  3. Remove turkey wing and bay leaves; discard. Stir in spinach, red pepper and salt; heat through. If desired, serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 230 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 1171mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 10g fiber), 15g protein.

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