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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 216.5
  • Total Fat: 7.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.3 mg
  • Sodium: 590.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 16.1 g
  • Protein: 18.4 g

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Slow Cooker Northern Bean and Spinach Soup

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Slow Cooker Northern Bean and Spinach Soup

Introduction

This hearty soup is perfect for when there is a chill in the air, and you want dinner waiting for you as you walk in the door. This hearty soup is perfect for when there is a chill in the air, and you want dinner waiting for you as you walk in the door.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 cup dried Northern beans, rinsed and picked over NOTE: You must soak the beans overnight.
    2 carrots, peeled and chopped, (about 1 cup)
    1 medium onion, chopped, (about 1 cup)
    2 garlic cloves, sliced
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    pinch teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    4 cups homemade or low sodium chicken stock
    1 cup diced tomatoes, no salt added
    6 ounces Fresh Express Baby Spinach (about 2 cups packed)
    6 ounces light kielbasa or smoked sausage, diced





Tips

Soaking the beans overnight will ensure your beans are cooked and tender. Some chefs add baking soda to the soaking water to tenderize the beans, but I omitted it to save on sodium. Soaking and adding the tomatoes toward the end of the cooking time will ensure tender beans. We used dried beans because they have almost no sodium, to offset the higher sodium levels in the meat.

We just heard that smoked sausage with 1/3 less sodium will soon be on the market. Keep an eye out for that. Be sure to read labels: Many of the lower-fat varieties, including turkey smoke sausage, were higher in sodium! You can reduce the amount of sausage if you're really keeping an eye on your sodium intake.


Directions

Place the dried beans in the slow cooker and add 1 quart water. Cover and let soak overnight. (Do not turn on the slow cooker.)
In the morning, drain and rinse the beans
Return the beans to the slow cooker, along with the carrots, onion, garlic, spices, and stock, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until the beans are tender.
About 20 minutes before dinnertime, use an immersion blender to puree half the soup. (Or transfer to a blender, and leave the cap off the top but cover with a dishtowel to avoid splatters. This will allow steam to escape as you puree the soup. Return the pureed soup to the slow cooker.)
Add the tomatoes, spinach, and sausage to the slow cooker. Replace lid and cook on high for 20 minutes.

Ladle two cups into each bowl. Serve with crusty whole-wheat bread or place a scoop of mashed potatoes in the bottom of each bowl.
Serving Size: Makes 8 cups; 2 cups per serving.






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  • 26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    1 cup dried beans = 3 cups cooked, so about 2 cans of beans for the person who was asking. - 9/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Great soup! My men really loved it. The only things I changed were kale instead of spinach, and I added 2 tsp. of Mrs. Dash original table. - 9/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I make this often, sometimes using chicken instead of the sausage. Excellent! - 9/27/12

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Delicious!! For any WW members out there this soup is 6pts + per
    serving, bread etc add extra points. - 9/8/12

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This soup is delicious and there's nothing better than to have dinner almost done when you get home. The only thing I would do differently the next time I prepare this is to chop the spinach before adding it to the soup. - 10/1/12

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  • 8 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Leave out the smoked sausage!
    Have some toast and scrambled or poached eggs beside the soup! - 11/18/12

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  • 6 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I just can never understand why recipes call for meat based stock. If a recipes that have no meat always called for vegetable stock or bullion, then everyone could eat. I know, just sub, but other people think they always have to put meat stock in food when they cook. - 1/27/13

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    My husband makes a very similar soup but uses green cabbage instead of spinach. I like the spinach, though. Kale is another awesome alternative! - 11/16/12

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    can use 2 cans of beans - 10/1/12

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This soup is excellent!!!!! - 9/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is so satisfying! - 9/27/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    used lentils instead of northern beans - 1/20/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Substituted red lentils so I could make it without the soaking overnight and used quorn pieces instead of sausage and a veggie stockcube to make it vegitarian. It was great. - 1/8/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 10/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was easy and very good. I added some fresh corn and chopped Serrano Peppers for a bite. - 9/28/12

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    sounds great & wholesome, will go set it on now, TY for such a great site & fantastic resources.
    Alicia214 - TY for the WW points - 9/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The photo sold me! Great soup. Gets even better the next day. The only change I made was to omit the tomatoes, so my husband would eat it. I'll be making this soup again and again this winter! - 10/4/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I really enjoyed this soup. We used a can of butter beans. I was out of northern beans. The flavor and consistency were wonderful. If you use a blender to puree be sure to do what the recipe says. I did not and had a mess to clean up. - 2/3/13

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I think I will give this one a try. You can totally make it vegetarian by using Vegetable Stock, instead of meat stock and leaving out the meat. Beans are high in protein and it should lower the calories . - 1/27/13

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Think I'll make the base and store in 2 cup servings in the freezer (since I live alone) .... Excited to try! - 1/22/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight with black eyed peas, spinach and JennyO Smoked Turkey Sausage. It smelled so good all day could not wait to eat...worth the wait....real comfort food for a winter's night. - 1/2/13

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I plan on trying to make this for Shabbat when I need it to cook all night. Can It be made vegetarian as well? I thought of using smoked Turkey. - 10/29/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I cooked this on the stove top because I didn't have the time, and it was good. The next time I make it I would leave out the carrots, I think they are too sweet with the tomatoes. Yummy tho! - 9/27/12

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Just wondering, should I choose to use canned beans instead, how much should I use? - 9/27/12

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so "perfect" - it will be cooking in the "Vision's" kitchen this week for sure!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! - 9/27/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very good will cook it again another day - 9/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good - 9/18/12

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  • very tasty. I added some celery as well. - 4/1/14

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  • I never have soaked my beans before cooking them.I just wash them good and put them in my pan for cooking.I also have never used a slow cooker to make soup.I just make it for myself.I add as many vege's as I want to and mix them up like fresh and frozen and some canned.My beans are cooked raw. - 3/15/14

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  • I did a quick soak on the beans. I also subbed vegan Italian sausage and veggie broth and it turned out great. - 3/15/14

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  • The soup comes out thick and rich-feeling because of the puree step. Next time, I think I'll try kale--I wasn't very fond of the slippery spinach texture. - 3/8/14

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  • absolutely delicious without the meat! - 1/24/14

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  • Instead of chicken stock I used Lipton Onion Soup. I used ground chorizo instead of kielbasa or smoked sausage. I like the idea of making your own stock (just saw a recipe for chicken stock on here this week). I standing mid-shift tonight, and it is raining, so my section really enjoyed the crockpot - 1/11/14

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  • Soup was very good. Added a whole 14.5 oz can of tomatoes (drained) and extra spinach to increase the veggies but left out the carrots due to being too sweet. I have problems with dried beans. Texture is inconsistent from bean to bean even tho I soak for 12 hrs and cook for 8. Any help? - 10/18/13

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  • Made this last night, husband loved it he actually ate it for breakfast this am:) - 10/13/13

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  • This was really tasty! I've never cooked with kielbasa before; good! I appreciate slow cooker recipes for dried beans where the beans cook right in the dish; easy, economical, and delicious! - 10/10/13

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  • Delicious. The only thing is if you are using the blender to purée LEAVE the LID on!!!
    Big mess in the kitchen by the towel cover thing - 10/6/13

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  • I wonder what this would taste if you had KALE inset of the spinach ? - 9/27/13

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  • I made this using leftover pork tenderloin cubed I used frozen spinach and canned low sodium beans well washed.
    It was great. I did not add tomatoes. I am not criticing this recipe. It is so versatile especially with cans in the pantry and frozen greens in the freezer.
    It is a wnter keeper. - 9/27/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    what could be substituted for the meat to make this vegetarian? - 9/17/13

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  • I made this on the stovetop using two cans of northern beans instead of the dried. The only other deviation from the recipe was chopping the spinach before adding it to the pot. Excellent recipe. - 5/27/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm collecting Mediterranean diet recipes. I'm going to try them all when I get home from vacation. This so looks healthy.
    - 3/29/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm trying this tomorrow. Curious how long everyone cooks it if they use the canned beans. I hate mushy beans. :p - 3/22/13

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  • This is amazing. It's one of the best bean soups I've ever made. My husband loved it as well. Will definitely be making it again. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch next week. - 3/16/13

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  • Absolutely delicious soup. All 5 of us loved it. Will make again and like others suggested will try chicken and kale as substitutes as I'm sure it'll be just as good.
    - 3/9/13

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  • I made this soup sooooo good
    - 2/21/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The name is deceptive! I come here hoping for an all vegetable soup, healthy and hearty, and the last ingredient is sausage. It should be in the title as well. - 2/20/13

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  • My entire family loved this! We made a double batch. Thank you for the recipe! - 2/7/13

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  • I used a turkey sausage instead of Kiebalsa and it was very nice. I did not bother to puree any of the soup it was nice a broth based soup. - 1/27/13

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  • I will be making this and hope to use a link of the soy choiriso (Soyrizo) meatless sausage I just bought and didn't know what to do with. It should do most of the flavoring for me. - 1/27/13

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  • Awesome!!! Everyone in the house loved it. - 1/21/13

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  • This was very good. My husband loved it, I will be making it again. - 1/19/13

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  • Delicious!! I do agree to chopped the spinach before adding it, that is the only thing I did different, my husband loved it.
    - 1/18/13

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  • I made this & it was so yummy! I like it better without the sausage. - 1/18/13

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  • This was fantastic! I doubled the recipe so we could have enough for another meal tomorrow. - 1/17/13

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  • Omgosh, YUM! I used John Morrell regular polish sausage (2oz.) instead of low fat and the calories for the recipe were the same. Very easy, tasty dish! Def going to become a family fav :D - 1/14/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Did anyone notice "Minutes To Cook" 480 ? - 1/13/13

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  • This was delicious!!! I added a little extra pepper and used chicken stock that was not low sodium. My dinner guests, my husband and I all LOVED it. We added a tsp of grated Parmesan Cheese and served it with fresh corn bread. Yum!
    - 1/12/13

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  • Substitute the sausage with chicken!! When it comes to soups, play with the ingredients and come up with new and delicious ideas!!! - 1/9/13

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  • Excellent dinner on a chilly winter night. Also used kale instead of spinach. - 1/4/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this combination. Can't wait to try it! - 1/2/13

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  • This is my go-to soup. I just love it. I try to use fresh kelp when I can, otherwise, the spinach is good. - 1/2/13

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  • I used chicken spicy italian sausage freshly made out my Sprouts market. This soup was awsome! Everyone loved it and it was even better the next day for Lunch - 12/17/12

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  • We can't do onions at my house, so I left that out and slightly increased the garlic - and it still tasted great! Very simple and filling - thanks for sharing! - 12/13/12

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  • Loved it! - 12/9/12

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  • Great soup. - 12/6/12

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  • I love soups like this that are full of all the things that are good for us. Wtih a hunk of French bread, this is a meal in itself. - 12/1/12

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  • Nice and tasty. - 11/28/12

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  • I have roasted squash in the freezer from thanksgiving, I think I will add it to this soup! - 11/28/12

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe has potential I would modify the prep for time savings like using some cooked beans ie Goya. And sub chicken or beef for the sausage. I sometimes wonder whats really in sausage! But another GREAT offering from Chef Meg! She Rocks! - 11/27/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I think this would be easy to turn into a vegetarian soup, and I want to try this! - 11/27/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Reading this recipe, they had me going until they added the sausage - it was healthy until then... - 11/27/12

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  • I made this wonderful soup last week. It's a great recipe am



    This is a great recipe. My husband and I loved it. Will Make it again. Thanks or sharing 

    - 11/27/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious! Adding to my recipes and making this weekend! - 11/20/12

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  • Very good soup. - 11/19/12

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  • This was very satisfying and smelled so good while it was cooking! It is perfect for low-sodium diet, but hubby did add a little salt to his serving. I also substituted Italian seasoning blend for the oregano and thyme. Will definitely make again. - 11/16/12

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  • Delicious. - 11/11/12

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  • First try with this recipe. Too me it tasted great..comments from my 20 something..too spicy..maybe too much of a pinch of red pepper flakes..great aftertaste..mmmm..Otherwise I would consider meatless...it might a a bit salty...have to wait til the other cook gets home..overall successful..tasty. - 11/6/12

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  • delicious!!! - 11/5/12

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  • Ham also works well - 10/17/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy - 10/14/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a recipe Erik might eat. - 10/9/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    looks good - 10/5/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds divine!! This definitely goes on my list of recipes to try. - 10/5/12

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  • I was surprised on how good this was! Instead of sausage I used ground turkey and I didn't puree it. - 10/3/12

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  • excellent, my husband loved it....used canned beans instead of dry. - 10/2/12

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  • As usual I didn't have all the right ingredients. Substituted in the right direction though and it was very yummy!!! We had this again but with a few changes. We are in love with this recipe. - 10/1/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Nice addition to my recipe book. - 9/30/12

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  • This soup has been my favorite for decades. There are many, many variations of it and they are all delicious. - 9/29/12

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  • Excellent tasty soup, quick! I made it with Kale. - 9/29/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Healthy food for females. - 9/29/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sounds good will try it. - 9/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! - 9/27/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    could you not use the masher thing or blender & just eat it as it cooked? I dont like mushy soapbeans. - 9/27/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    will try this as I love soups - 9/27/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This looks amazing. My husband tried white beans & kale for a side dish. We love it! Can't wait to try this soup. Thank you! - 9/27/12

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