Winter Minestrone


This version of the Italian classic vegetable and bean soup is made in the slow cooker and mixes in flavorful sausage and squash. Use any variety of winter squash.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked Italian or pork sausage links, cut into 3/4-inch slices

  • 2 ½ cups peeled winter squash, such as butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 ½ cups cubed potatoes

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage, crushed

  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 4 cups chopped kale or fresh spinach


  1. In a large skillet, cook the sausage until browned; drain well.

  2. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place squash, potatoes, fennel, onion, garlic, beans and sage. Top with sausage. Pour broth and wine over all.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in kale (or spinach). Cover and cook 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
14g Fat
27g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 16g 32%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 933mg 41%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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