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10/08/2014 09:19 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Escarole, Kale, and Sweet Potato Crockpot Soup: A Heart-Healthy Satisfying Meal

This time of year brings cooler weather and warm comfort food. On a chilly day, our family's favorite fall meal is anything made in the Crockpot. The comforting aroma of a Crockpot meal is everything we love about fall wrapped up in one easy dish.

This hearty soup recipe is just that. I took traditional escarole and bean soup and increased its nutrient power by adding kale and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes add fiber, calcium, and iron. They also give us a boost of vitamins A and C, which is much needed during flu season. Sweet potatoes may even help regulate blood sugar levels. Kale is a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that make this soup even more nutritious. For those that like a little more protein in their meals, I also added lean Italian turkey sausage. The turkey sausage provides a nice balance of flavors and satiety to an easy family meal.

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Ingredients

(10-12 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Parmigiano Reggiano rind
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 (32 oz.) boxes organic chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 4 cups escarole, chopped
  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage (optional)

Directions

1. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a warm crock-pot. Add the Parmesan rind and garlic.

2. Place the sweet potatoes in the crock-pot, season with salt and pepper.

3. Add the remaining ingredients.

4. Set crock-pot on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6+ hours.

5. Ladle soup into bowls and top with whole grain crostini.


~Enjoy Healthy Easy Crock-Pot Soup!

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