Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage in the Crockpot

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I usually make this on the stove, cooking it all day, but this time I decided to adapt it to the crockpot. It was just as good in the crockpot, maybe better because it’s easier.

Gather up your ingredients:

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage in the Crockpot

Serves: 8-10 servings

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage – I use turkey because I don’t like all the grease of the regular kind
  • 1 lb. mixed dry beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (I thought it would have been good with a second can)
  • 1 qt. chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • salt
  1. Prepare the beans by rinsing them and picking through them to remove any little stones.
  2. Soak them overnight or do a quick soak by covering them with boiling water for and hour or two. Drain them and put them in the crockpot.
  3. Chop the onion, garlic and sausage and add to the crockpot along with the other ingredients.
  4. Pop the lid on and cook on high, at least 5-6 hours. I don’t think you could overcook these.
  5. I serve the soup over brown rice. It’s also good with cornbread.

This recipe always reminds me of a cat we used to have named Harley Davidson (he had a very loud purr). He didn’t usually eat people food, but he loved the “gravy” part of this soup. RIP, Harley. You were a good cat.

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  1. There we go thinking the same again…I’m planning to make beans later today. These do look great!

  2. The Shopping Mama says:

    Yum! sI love cooking in a crock pot and this looks delicious.

  3. Oooo. I’m putting this on the menu for this week.

    I’ve got some wonderful all natural chicken sausage that would work perfectly.

    Thanks again for helping unclog my brain regarding dinner.

  4. The Blonde Duck says:

    This looks divine! I love it!

  5. Ryan Ashley Scott says:

    Turkey sausage – I’ll have to try that. Still thinking about the PB frosted cake from the other day, though…

  6. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Yum, this soup sounds great with the smoked sausage!

  7. Katherine Aucoin says:

    The beans look so delicious. I could go for a big bowl right now!

  8. Brittany says:

    Oh, yum! I love bean soup. I’ll have to try it in the crock pot. That is a great idea!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I appreciate your prayers, as they were absolutely felt. 🙂

  9. I really appreciate the way that you lay out your picture of the finished product, ingredients, directions, etc. You really do make this so simple for us to follow! Thank you!

  10. Barely Domestic Mama says:

    That sounds delicious! I’ll be saving this recipe for later.

  11. I’m going to make this soup in honor of Harley! My cats will probably like the gravy part of it, too.

  12. This recipe looks yummy! I have one question though; can it be made with a 16 bean mix? I have one and was looking for a good recipe to use and thought this may be it.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

  13. This Recipe really sounds good but could i possibly leave out tomatoes as i can’t have them & possibly add some more chicken stock?



  14. Theresa Steingard says:

    I was wondering if this could be made with smoked kielbasa?

    Thank you!

  15. If I wanted to use canned beans, which beans would you suggest?

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