Italian White Bean, Sausage, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup

This is an Italian inspired soup, that has an amazing flavor.  You can substitute a lot of the ingredients to fit your taste.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. White Beans, soaked overnight (about 2 large cans, drained)

1.5 lbs. Ground Pork, cooked (can use milk Italian Sausage) omit for vegetarian

1 Carrot, diced small

1 1/2C Spinach, slightly chopped (can use Kale)

1 Yellow Onion, diced

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Sweet Potato, peeled, diced (Can use large russet potato)

5 C Chicken Broth (can use veggie for vegetarian)

1 tsp. Ground Sage

2 tsp. Salt

1/2T Italian Seasoning

Pepper to taste

2 Bay leaves

Directions:

-Place all ingredients except spinach/kale in crockpot, cook in high 6 hours, low about 8 or until veggies are soft an beans are done. About 1 hour before serving add in spinach/kale, when greens are wilted and done, soup is ready to eat.  Great topped with parmesan or asiago cheese. Enjoy!

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