Creamy Sausage & Cabbage Soup

Closeup of sausage and cabbage soup with potatoes in white pot

This easy Sausage & Cabbage Soup is the ultimate comfort food. A beautifully luscious soup with smoky sausage, fresh vegetables and of course sweet tender cabbage simmered in a flavorful creamy broth.

When the weather gets cooler, in my house it’s officially soup season.  There is just something about a delicious warm bowl of soup that warms your belly from the inside out and this creamy cabbage soup recipe is no exception.  If a hug were food, it would be this soup.

cabbage and sausage soup in white bowl

Cabbage and Sausage

Cabbage and sausage just seem to go hand in hand.  If you’ve read my blog before,  you likely  know that I love all things cabbage from Cabbage Roll Soup to Sausage and Cabbage cooked on the grill! Cabbage is inexpensive, a little bit goes a long way and once cooked, it’s tender with a delicious sweet flavor.

This is just one of my many favorite cabbage recipesfavorite cabbage recipes. If you don’t cook with cabbage often, you can find lots of great info in The Ultimate Guide to Cabbage!

A pot of easy Sausage & Cabbage Soup with potatoes

Irresistibly Creamy

This easy soup starts with sausage, I use kielbasa but you can also use a garlic sausage or pretty much any smoked (fully cooked) sausage that you’d like.  I make this cabbage soup with potatoes to give it a nice creamy texture (and to keep my belly full all day long).  Fresh carrots and cabbage add both fresh and sweet flavors to this soup and of course cream makes it buttery irresistible.

While this is a creamy soup, keep in mind it is not a thick soup like a chowder. The creamy portion of this soup comes from making a roux.  While roux may sound like a fancy or difficult cooking term, it’s really easy.  A roux is the base for most white sauces (and even Sausage Gravy) and starts by cooking butter and flour (to get rid of that raw flour flavor) and then adding in milk or cream and cooking until thick and bubbly.  The roux is then added to the soup in this recipe giving it a delicious buttery cream flavor.

Spoonful of Sausage & Cabbage Soup in white pot

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How to Thicken Your Sausage and Cabbage Soup

If you’d like your soup to be thicker, you can certainly increase the butter/flour mixture to about 3/4 cup each while leaving the milk the same.  I also give my potatoes just a slight little mash with a potato masher to help thicken the broth somewhat.

We add a little bit of fresh dill to this soup at the very end for a pop of freshness.  If you don’t have fresh dill you can substitute dry dill and add it along with roux to allow it to rehydrate.

Can you Freeze Creamy Cabbage Soup?

Unfortunately, most soup recipes that contain dairy don’t freeze well (non-dairy is usually ok). The soup can separate and the texture can become grainy.  I would suggest freezing a portion before adding the dairy in this recipe.

Sausage & Cabbage Soup

This creamy Cabbage Soup contains smoky sausage, fresh vegetables and of course sweet tender cabbage simmered in a flavorful creamy broth.

  • 1 lb smoked sausage (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup onion (chopped)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb potatoes (diced (about 2-3 medium))
  • 2 carrots (sliced)
  • 3-4 cups cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 stalk celery (sliced)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  1. Cook sausage, onion and butter until onion is tender. Add celery, carrot, potato, cabbage, broth and salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in flour and cook over medium heat about 2 min. Add milk and cream and stir until smooth. Continue whisking until thick and bubbly.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add cream mixture into the soup. Allow to simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in dill and parsley.

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Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

Crockpot cabbage roll soup in white bowl with spoon

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup is a simple twist on traditional Cabbage Rolls, a family favorite for years! Cabbage, onion, beef and bacon all tenderly prepared in a rich beef and tomato broth, slowly simmered in your crock pot.

This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out! This is going to be your new family favorite meal!

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup in white bowl

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

I absolutely LOVE a good soup recipe. Soups are a great way to incorporate so many delicious flavors into one bowl. They’re easy to make and inexpensive, there’s good reason my Easy Hamburger Soup recipe is one of my most popular recipes on Facebook!

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup contains several servings of veggies along with lean protein all simmered to perfection. We serve this alongside homemade Dinner Rolls for a meal that my family requests over and over again!

A Family Favorite

Growing up with Polish grandparents,  cabbage rolls (and Cabbage and Noodles aka Haluski) were a staple in our family for both family gatherings and Sunday dinner. It was always one of my favorite things!

Traditional cabbage rolls are time-consuming – between preparing the filling, cooking the cabbage till tender and then there is the labour rolling them – whew! Of course, we make Cabbage Roll Casserole which is the lazy cabbage roll version with no rolling required.

As much as I love cabbage rolls (and unstuffed cabbage roll casserole), there really is nothing better than coming home to a meal ready to eat.

Cabbage roll soup in crockpot with ladle

Easy Prep

Cabbage is easy to prepare and inexpensive (view more info in the The Ultimate Guide to Cabbage).This Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is the answer to rushed meal prep on busy weeknights!

Simply prepare your ingredients the evening before and quickly toss them into the crockpot before leaving the house for school or work or carrying on with your errands, soccer practice and swim lessons.

Dinner is ready when you are!

Easy Substitutions in Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

  • Ground Beef:  You can substitute sausage,  ground pork or ground turkey for half of the ground beef.
  • Rice: To make this Cabbage Roll Soup lower in carbs, substitute the rice for Cauliflower Rice (this also lowers the calories or points if you’re following Weight Watchers).
  • Diced Tomatoes: If you prefer whole canned tomatoes to diced, they also work great in this recipe.
  • V8 Vegetable Juice: You Can use tomato juice in place of the vegetable juice or even canned tomato soup. (Do not substitute tomato sauce, it has a different flavor).
  • Sodium: The low sodium/no sodium versions of all products in this soup work perfectly.

All the flavour and goodness of traditional cabbage rolls simmered together in one delicious bowl of crock pot cabbage roll soup! And the very best thing is it’s so easy!

Uncooked ingredients for cabbage roll soup in crockpot ready to be cooked

Add the Bacon

Depending where you’re from, you may or may not add bacon to your cabbage rolls. It is used in this soup to add a slight smoky and salty flavor. We fry the bacon until crisp and then use a little bit of the bacon fat to cook the onion and beef. The bacon itself is stirred in just before serving (and used as a garnish) to keep it nice and crisp.

Finished cabbage roll soup in white bowls

How to Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup

This Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup makes a HUGE batch of soup, perfect for feeding a crowd, eating a couple of nights in a row or taking for lunches. If you have leftovers, this soup also freezes well.  I just simply spoon the desired amount in a freezer bag lay it flat to freeze (either large or individual servings).

If I’m feeding the family, I defrost it in the fridge the night before and dinner is ready to heat and eat in a flash!

Once you try it, I know for sure this Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is going to become a staple to your weekly menu plan. Warm, hearty and wholesome.

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Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage, onion, beef and bacon all tenderly prepared in a rich beef and tomato broth, slowly simmered in your crock pot. This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out!

  • 1 lb thick bacon (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 6-8 cups cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5-6 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups V8 or other vegetable juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • parsley for garnish
  1. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Brown onion and beef in the bacon fat. Once browned, drain excess fat and add to a 6qt (or larger) slow cooker.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to the low cooker and stir to combine (it will be very full).
  4. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours until rice is fully cooked.
  5. Stir in half of cooked bacon.
  6. Spoon into bowls, top with remaining bacon and parsley if desired.

 

 

Tomato Tortellini Soup (in about 15 minutes)

Tomato Tortellini Soup recipe only needs about 15 minutes to cook, making it a delicious, family friendly meal that saves both time and money! We love making homemade tomato soup on busy weeknights. Just create the tomato soup, add the tortellini, and top it with cheese and basil. It’s that easy!

Our weeknights are usually pretty busy so I’m always looking for meals that quick and easy. A comforting bowl of tortellini soup with a fresh salad is the perfect meal!

A bowl of tomato tortellini soup garnished with parmesan cheese and basil.

I have partnered with Progresso™ to bring you this easy belly warming recipe.

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato soup is my daughter’s absolute favorite meal and I mean, what’s not to love?  It’s delicious and the perfect lunch or dinner…  and ready in just minutes! We love adding things like fresh croutons, a dash of cream, bacon, or of course, tortellini! It’s great served with grilled cheese roll ups or a fresh caesar salad.

Tortellini soup is super versatile add in your favorite proteins,  to create a sausage tortellini soup or chicken tortellini soup! Stir in handful of spinach before serving. Feel free to add whatever you have on hand – from peppers, to macaroni noodles, mushrooms, or onions!

A pot of tomato soup with tortellini and tomatoes

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How To Make Tomato Tortellini Soup

To make this easy tortellini soup recipe:

  1. Combine all of the tomato soup ingredients in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil,  reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the tortellini.
  3. Blend the soup mixture using a hand blender.
  4. Stir in the cream, and simmer for another 5 minutes adding tortellini in the last minute.

A bowl of homemade tomato tortellini soup

How To Store This Soup

The tortellini in this soup can get soggy if you have leftovers so we leave it on the side and always combine just before serving.

If you’d like to freeze this soup, add the cream once heated and defrosted (and freeze the tortellini separately). Serve this easy recipe with 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or crusty bread for dipping and a big fresh Easy Italian Salad.

Tomato Tortellini Soup

This Tomato Tortellini Soup takes just 15 minutes making it the perfect weeknight meal! Quick, easy and totally cheesy, my whole family loves this soup!

  • 2 cups fresh tortellini ((meat or cheese filled))
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach ((uncooked) optional)
  • Fresh Basil for garnish

Tomato Soup

  • 28 oz diced tomatoes (canned with juice)
  • 2 cups Progresso™ Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream

OR

  • 2 cans Progresso™ Vegetable Classics Tomato Basil Soup
  1. Combine all soup ingredients in a saucepan except cream. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes. 

  2. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions. Add chopped spinach to the boiling water 30 seconds before the tortellini is finished. Drain well.

  3. Blend soup mixture with a hand blender. Add in heavy cream and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in tortellini and spinach if using.

  5. Place in serving bowls and top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese if desired.

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The Perfect Cheesy Potato Soup (in 30 Minutes)

Close up of loaded baked potato soup in pot with ladle

Baked Potato Soup takes all of the comforting goodness of a fully loaded baked potato and turns it into a belly warming soup!

A rich and creamy soup with loaded with cheddar cheese and topped with all of our favorite toppings we add to traditional Baked Potatoes!

A large pot of baked potato soup topped with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes are added to a savory chicken broth base resulting in this cheesy potato soup.  We top this loaded potato soup with our favourite baked potato toppings including crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions. The result is a deliciously rich potato soup that tastes just like those fully loaded baked potatoes we all love so much!

Potatoes are one of our favorite veggies, they’re inexpensive, versatile and taste great! There are a ton of ways to prepare potatoes… french fries,  Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes, roasted potatoes, Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole… you name it. One of our favorites is to enjoy it as a slurpable soup!

How to Make Baked Potato Soup

This loaded baked potato soup recipe is loaded with flavor from bacon, onions and cheese, everything is melded together to make a rich creamy soup! It’s easy to make, here’s how:

  1. Fry bacon until crisp (yum!).
  2. Cook onions in the bacon drippings until tender. Add broth and mashed potatoes and simmer.
  3. Add a splash of buttermilk and of course sharp cheddar cheese.

Top with your favorite toppings including green onions, sour cream, crisp bacon and cheese!

The Perfect Potatoes for Soup

While this recipe tastes like a baked potato, we actually use mashed (or smashed) potatoes. The use of mashed potatoes makes it quick & easy and creates a creamy texture (and it’s a great way to use up leftovers).

Baked Potato Soup is the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes (if leftover mashed potatoes is even a thing?!). If you don’t have leftovers you can make mashed yourself (recipe below) or even whip up some easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. When making mashed potatoes for this recipe, I prefer to have the texture to be a little bit more smashed (or chunky) so the soup has texture.

A bowl of loaded baked potato soup with a soup in white bowl

A Delicious Staple

Mashed potatoes are a staple for good reason, they’re inexpensive, delicious and easy to make! They’re the perfect base for gravies and sauces or for topping with Salisbury Steak or creamed corn!

Mashed potatoes simply require potatoes, butter, and cream (or milk) with seasoning. Depending on what I’m serving them with, I also add in green onions, garlic or even sour cream. Add these mashed potatoes to the soup or you can use leftover mashed potatoes if you have any!

Making the Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs russet potatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • ½ to 3/4 cup whole milk (or cream), warmed
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel & cube potatoes. Boil the potatoes (and garlic if using) and in a large pot of salted water until fork tender (about 15 minutes).
  2. Drain very well and place back into the warm pot.
  3. Mash slightly with a potato masher. Add in butter, warmed milk, salt and pepper. Mash to desired consistency.

A ladle of baked potato soup with cheese, bacon and green onions.

Can You Freeze Baked Potato Soup?

This baked potato soup recipe does reheat well and can last about 5 days in the fridge.

Soups containing potatoes can have a change in texture when frozen so I prefer to make it fresh when I can. If you do decide to freeze this soup, you’ll want to reheat it over low heat to help maintaining the creamy and smooth texture!

What Can You Add to Potato Soup?

This baked potato soup recipe has bacon, cheese, sour cream, and green onions which are some of my favourite mix-ins for potatoes!

Baked Potato Soup is extremely versatile making it the perfect way to use up any leftover ingredients in your fridge.

Add in any of the following:

  • Proteins: rotisserie chicken, leftover ham, cooked and drained sausage
  • Vegetables: corn, red bell peppers, leftover roasted vegetables finely chopped
  • Cheeses: change them up or use what you have on hand. Be sure to include at least one sharp flavored cheese such as cheddar or parmesan.

Close up photo of loaded baked potato soup in white bowl

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This is honestly the best potato soup I’ve ever had, and it’s perfect for a weeknight meal.

This soup takes about 30 minutes start to finish. While it’s cooking I put together a quick tossed salad and add in some crusty bread for the perfect family meal. When I make this soup for my family, I like to serve it but leave the sour cream, green onion, and bacon on the side. I serve the toppings like I would with a normal baked potato. Everyone loves adding their own toppings!

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup takes all of the comforting goodness of a fully loaded baked potato and turns it into a belly warming soup!

  • 6 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded and divided)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 green onions (finely chopped)
  1. Fry bacon in a large pot until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside leaving the drippings in the pot.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and add diced onion to drippings.  Cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and flour, cook 1 minute while stirring. Whisk in chicken broth, bring to a boil over medium high heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in mashed potatoes.  Simmer an additional 5 minutes. Add the buttermilk and stir to combine allowing mixture to just come to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheese, half of the bacon and 1/3 cup sour cream.
  6. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, reamining bacon, green onion and serve hot.

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Easy Slow Cooker Soup!

beef vegetable soup in slow cooker

This slow cooker Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty, healthy meal loaded with protein and vegetables. Made with chunks of beef and all of your favorite veggies!

When loading up on vegetables, we love Weight Loss Vegetable Soup and this homemade Vegetable Beef Soup recipe. Made in the slow cooker or on the stove top, it’s perfect for making ahead on a busy weeknight! Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!

a ladle of beef vegetable soup in slow cooker

An Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipe

I am a big time soup lover, and I’ll eat just about any vegetables you throw into it. This Vegetable Beef Soup can be made lots of different ways, substituting your favorite vegetables or spices for a combination that your family is sure to love!

Be sure to serve this with 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or a nice chunk of crusty bread to soak up all of that incredible broth!

If you love slow cooker soups as much as we do (and have some crusty bread handy), try Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada SoupSausage Potato Soup, or Italian Chicken Noodle Soup.

bowl of slow cooker vegetable beef soup

How to Make Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup:

  • Beef: Place your beef cubes in the slow cooker. You can brown them first or you can skip this step, but with soup recipes I generally recommend browning the meat as it makes for a better broth! This is totally optional and won’t make a big difference.
  • Vegetables: Add some vegetables and some broth.
  • Cook: Turn it on, and let it cook away until everything is melt in your mouth tender.

See how easy that was?

What Cut of Beef is Best for Soup?

Because the meat is slow cooked in broth, it doesn’t need to be an expensive cut of beef to be tender in this crockpot vegetable beef soup.

I like to check my grocery store flyers to see what is on sale. If there is a particular roast that is on for a great price, I’ll buy one and cube it up to make this soup. If you’re not a sale shopper, chuck roast is a great option and will make for some incredibly tender beef.

If you’ve got ground beef instead, you will want to check out my Easy Hamburger Soup for an inexpensive, hearty meal.

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overhead vegetable beef soup

Can I Make This Vegetable Beef Soup Ahead?

Soup is great for making ahead, and this easy vegetable beef soup is one of the best because the flavors just get better as it sits.

This is a great option for meal prepping on the weekend when you have more spare time, and then simply reheating throughout the week. Because it has no pasta or rice, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

This slow cooker Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty, healthy meal loaded with protein and vegetables. Made with chunks of beef and all of your favorite veggies!

  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound beef cubes
  • 1 pound potatoes (finely chopped (about 4 medium))
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a large frying pan over high heat, fry beef in oil just until browned on all sides. Add beef to a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, beans, broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, garlic, parsley, paprika and pepper to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours, until beef and vegetables are tender.

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White Chicken Chili (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

White chicken chili is one of our go-to easy weeknight dinner ideas. Chicken, poblano peppers, mild green chilis, corn, and white kidney beans are slow simmered in a savory chicken base. Stir in some sour cream and top it with tortilla chips and cilantro for the perfect white chili recipe!

From a classic chili recipe to a simple slow cooker chili, we love making this deliciously hearty comfort food.

Serving bowls of white chili chicken ready to serve

White Chicken Chili

This creamy white chicken chili recipe is a simple dinner that is ready in just 40 minutes, making it a fairly quick and simple dinner recipe that is both healthy and delicious.

Beans for White Chili

The BEANS for white chicken chili used in this recipe are white kidney beans (also known as Cannellini beans). Great Northern beans or or Navy beans are both a bit smaller than the white kidney beans but either can be used in this recipe as well.

  • CHICKEN: I use chicken breasts in this recipe but chicken thighs will work perfectly too. If you’d like to use leftover Baked Chicken, add it during the last 5 minutes so it doesn’t overcook.
  • VEGGIES: I use my favorite tex-mex inspired veggies, onions, peppers and corn. You can add whatever veggies you like including zucchini.
  • SEASONINGS: To boost the flavor in this chicken chili recipe, I add chili powder and cumin. Mild diced chiles add great flavor, if you don’t have them, you can use a little bit extra poblanos or frozen hatch green chiles. To make it spicy, add some diced jalapeno.

Ingredients for white chicken chili in a dutch oven

How To Make White Chicken Chili

So simple, it practically makes itself! To make this easy white chicken chili:

  1. Soften the onions and peppers over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add all other ingredients except the sour cream.
  3. Simmer the chili for 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in sour cream (it is added after cooking to prevent curdling). Serve with your favorite toppings.

To Make White Chicken Chili thicker there are a few options:

  • simmer uncovered a bit longer (recommended thickening option if you have time)
  • add a few crushed tortilla chips (it will change the flavor slightly)
  • blend a portion of the mixture (I try to remove  most of chicken pieces in the part I’m blending)

To Cook this in the CrockPot

If you’re wanting to turn this into a slow cooker white chicken chili, it adapts easily.

  • Cook the onions and peppers as directed, add the chicken and cook a few minutes longer.
  • Add the mixture along with remaining ingredients to the slow cooker (except the sour cream).
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Voila! Dinner is ready when you are.

A pot of white chicken chili topped with sour cream and cilantro

Serving Ideas

I love serving this with tortilla chips or even Homemade Garlic Bread.  White chicken chili is such a fun recipe to get creative with! Here are my favorite toppings to serve with it:

    • Tortilla chips, Cheese, Croutons
    • Sour cream, Guacamole, Salsa
    • Cilantro, Green onions, Diced jalapenos, or Avocado

To Freeze Leftovers

This Chicken Chili recipe freezes very well! Refrigerate this chili recipe for up to 3-4 days. To store it longer, place leftover chicken chili in freezer bags or a sealed container and freeze up to 3 months.

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White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili recipe is one of our go-to Mexican inspired dinners. Chicken, poblano peppers, green chilis, corn, and kidney beans are slow simmered in a savory chicken base.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced or two small)
  • 2 poblano peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 4 oz mild green chilis (canned, not drained)
  • 3/4 pound chicken breasts (diced)
  • 19 oz white kidney beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  1. Dice chicken into 1/2″ cubes.
  2. Add olive oil to a dutch oven. Soften onion and peppers over medium heat until translucent (do not brown).
  3. Add remaining ingredients except sour cream. Cover and simmer 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cilantro. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Notes: Green bell peppers can be substituted for poblanos. If you’d prefer a thicker white chicken chili, remove lid after 15 minutes and simmer uncovered.

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Crock Pot Chili

Closeup of Easy Crock Pot Chili on spoon

Easy Crockpot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor. It simmers all day in the slow cooker creating a great meal that everyone loves!

We serve it with crusty bread and Homemade Garlic Butter for dipping and scooping.  Add in a side salad and you’ve got a complete meal that everyone will be raving about!

This is a great dish to make ahead and much like a hearty Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole, it always seems to taste even better the next day (and freezes beautifully).

Crockpot with cooked chili and green onions on top

Crockpot Chili Recipe

While I do make a classic chili recipe on the stove top, slow cooker meals are amazing for busy days! There is nothing like coming home to a ready meal on a cold evening but crock pot dishes are great in the warmer months too with no need to turn on the oven or stove and heat up the house!

I love any kind of chili whether it’s a Slow Cooker Chicken Chili, a fully loaded 15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili or a classic Chili like this one! It seems chili is always great the day you make it and delicious for days after.  In fact is seems as though it’s even better with time and is relatively easy to make!

Aside from dinnertime, Crockpot Chili is of course the perfect game-day food! Set out bowls and all sorts of toppings or even hot dogs and let everyone create their own snacks and meals!

Servings of crock pot chili in a white bowl.

How to Make Crockpot Chili

This is a very simple beef chili recipe made in the Crockpot without a lot of extras; just loads of beef, onions, seasoning and flavor. Adding the seasoning into the beef before browning it really enhances the flavors (and I do the same with my favorite homemade pasta sauce recipe).

  1. Create seasoning mix as directed. Add seasonings to uncooked ground beef and mix well.
  2. Brown beef, onions & garlic.
  3. Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.

Tips for Adding Vegetables

I do add vegetables to this recipe from time to time depending on what I have in the fridge.  Diced bell peppers, zucchini and halved mushrooms are all great added to crockpot chili.  If you do add veggies that have a higher water content your chili will naturally have a little bit more liquid so you might like to precook them or leave the lid off the slow cooker for the last while of cooking.

A scoop of hearty crockpot chili with beef and beans.

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If you don’t cook with alcohol or beer you can certainly skip that step however it does add a great layer of flavor to this recipe. If you’d like to kick it up a notch and add some heat, add a seeded diced jalapeno pepper to the slow cooker as it begins cooking.

When serving this chili to a crowd we put out a big side of Homemade Cornbread and a table of toppings for everyone to enjoy!

Our Favorite Toppings are:

  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • green onions
  • jalapenos
  • hot sauce
  • crushed corn chips
  • diced tomatoes
  • hot sauce

Easy Crockpot Chili

This Easy Crock Pot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor.

  • 3 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes with juice
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz kidney beans

Seasoning Mixture

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  1. Combine seasoning mixture with ground beef and mix until well combined.
  2. Brown ground beef, onions and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add beer and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Combine beef mixture and all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. If desired slightly mash the whole tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 hours or low 7-8 hours.

 

Serve this dish with…

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This Easy Crock Pot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor. It simmers all day in the slow cooker creating a great meal that is just as delicious leftover!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili

Spoonful of slow cooker bean chili in bowl with cornbread

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal!  When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili in polka dotted bowl

I am so excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  

Slow Cooker Bean Chili

If there is a big game coming up, you can count on me to do one thing; make chili! Chili is the perfect dish to feed a crowd and keep them coming back for more!

This easy slow cooker chili recipe is packed with the wholesome goodness of a blend of 15 beans to make it hearty and healthy! The best part is that there is no soaking required meaning a quick prep time to get this into your Crock Pot and get on with your day!  You can find Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup in the dry bean section of almost any grocery store (or you can order them online).

Hurst's 15 Bean Soup in bag and slow cooker bean chili in bowl

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a great chili, a few simple good quality ingredients definitely make the most delicious meals!

How to Make Chili in a Crock Pot

This easy slow cooker chili recipe starts with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions, bell pepper and lean ground beef.  It’s all seasoned with a vegetable based seasoning packet (that comes with Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup) as well as chili seasoning and then simmered in the slow cooker until tender.

chili recipe in crock pot with ladle

You’ll notice that the tomatoes are added towards the end of cooking, once the beans are softened.  This step is important when using dry beans because tomatoes (along with any other acidic ingredients) can interfere with the rehydration process.

Fixings and Toppings

On game day, making a chili bar is a great way to add variety and make sure everyone can enjoy their chili to preference. I set my slow cooker to warm and offer toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced jalapenos, chopped onions, assorted crackers and tortilla chips and corn bread muffins.

Slow Cooker bean Chili in polka dotted bowl with corn bread

Easy and Delicious

This chili is both inexpensive and easy to prepare while being totally delicious! For a family dinner, it’s great served over macaroni noodles (or rice) and of course, with a big slice of homemade cornbread on the side! Should you be lucky enough to have leftovers, this recipe reheats well and can even be frozen to enjoy on another day! (Cook once, eat twice.. count me in)!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal!  

  • 1 package HamBeens 15 BEAN SOUP® w/ Ham Flavor packet
  • 1 lb . lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (, diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (, diced)
  • 1 can ((14.5 oz) diced tomato with green chiles)
  • 1 can ((6 oz) tomato paste)
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 packet of your favorite chili seasoning mix ((approx. 1.5 oz))
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Rinse beans and remove any debris.
  2. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Darin any fat.
  3. In a 6QT slow cooker, combine beans, beef, onion, peppers, and broth.
  4. Stir in Hurst’s ham flavor packet and 1/2 of the chili seasoning mix.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until beans are tender.
  6. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste and remainder of chili seasoning mix.
  7. Cook for additional 30 minutes.

I am excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal! When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!
15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal! When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!

Gumbo has our hearts!

Close up of chicken gumbo with white rice in a white bowl on a blue napkin.

This Easy Chicken Gumbo recipe is like a party for your mouth! Vibrant, spicy flavor simmered to perfection, this combination of chicken, sausage, okra and veggies is cooked in a creamy creole spiced broth that is just pure comfort.

We are now in the thick of winter with long, dreary days and cold wind….making me crave all the soups and stews my family loves, including our favorite Beef Stew. And while I love a good classic crock pot chicken and noodles, this easy Chicken Gumbo recipe comes together quickly and easily right on my stovetop. A great option for dinner when planning wasn’t well planned….and weeknights are crazy busy.

Overhead photo of chicken gumbo in two white bowls with chicken gumbo in a stock pot with a ladle.

I love to experiment with bold, vibrant spices when making quick dinners that aren’t going to be simmering all day long, like in my super popular Taco Soup and Easy Fish Tacos. Classic creole seasonings are perfect for recipes because they blend well into soups and stews punching up flavor without having to add a ton of other spices. That’s exactly what I did with this chicken and sausage gumbo recipe to get it on the table without spending hours hovering over a pot.

What is Gumbo Soup made of?

Gumbo is a peppery chicken or meat stew that’s common in Creole cooking. It is thickened with okra and a classic roux, which is a browned flour mixture that lends tons of flavor to the broth.

What is the difference between Gumbo and Jambalaya?

While similar in flavor and add-ins like chicken, sausage or seafood, Jambalaya is more of a paella dish or primarily a rice based dish. Gumbo, on the other hand, is a soup or stew based recipe that is thickened with a roux.

What is traditionally served with Gumbo?

I love to serve my Chicken Gumbo soup with plain white rice, but I’ve been to restaurants in Louisiana that serve their gumbo recipe with potato salad. Sounds strange but it’s certainly delicious and adds a ton of body to the soup. Definitely a must try if you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen!

Chicken gumbo with white rice in a white bowl on a blue striped napkin.

What ingredients are in Easy Chicken Gumbo?

While there really isn’t a set list of ingredients for gumbo, I like to make my chicken gumbo with okra.  The okra acts like an additional thickening agent for the gumbo soup which makes it extra creamy and hearty.

The ingredients for this Easy Chicken Gumbo recipe are fairly simple and you’d likely have most of them in your kitchen already. This recipe has a lot of flavor from aromatics and spices. We add peppers, onions and celery for veggies and the protein in this recipe comes from both andouille sausage and chicken.

All the ingredients are pretty common in everyday cooking and I can guarantee you, if you add creole seasoning to the list, you’re going to want to put it on everything.

 

Overhead shot of chicken gumbo in a white bowl with a silver spoon and white rice in a white bowl.

What can you serve alongside your Easy Chicken Gumbo?

We LOVE these easy sides for our chicken gumbo:

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Easy Chicken Gumbo Recipe

Quick and easy, this Chicken Gumbo recipe is a classic creole stew thickened with a roux and loaded with spicy flavor!

  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced smoked andouille sausage (approximately 3 links)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning (or cajun seasoning)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup frozen okra ((chopped))
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (optional, for serving)
  1. Melt the butter in a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium/high heat.

  2. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until the mixture starts to turn golden brown and smell nutty, approximately 3-4 minutes. (Do not stop whisking or the roux will burn.)

  3. Stir in the onion, bell pepper and celery. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the vegetables begin to soften. 

  4. Add the sausage to the pot and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute longer.

  5. Stir in the garlic, mustard, cayenne, garlic powder and creole seasoning. Cook for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly and scraping up any brown bit on the bottom of the pan.

  6. Slowly add the chicken stock to the pot stirring to combine. Add the chicken and bring the soup to a boil. 

  7. Turn the heat to low. Add the bay leaf, okra, salt and pepper to the soup and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the soup begins to thicken.

  8. Serve the chicken gumbo over rice, if desired. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and parsley for an extra pop of color.

Chicken Gumbo can be made up to three days in advance and stored, refrigerated, in an airtight container.

Nutritional information does not include optional rice.

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This Easy Chicken Gumbo recipe is vibrant, spicy and simmered to perfection! This delicious combination of chicken, sausage, okra and veggies is cooked in a creamy creole spiced broth that is just pure comfort food. #spendwithpennies #chickengumbo #easyrecipe #easygumbo #gumborecipe #southernrecipe #creole #gumbodinner

Irish Stew

Lamb Stew is a delicious and satisfying recipe with tender chunks of lamb, potatoes and carrots. Springtime is the time to bust out all those spring holiday traditions and nothing says tradition like an Irish Stew

We love serving this homemade lamb stew recipe alongside some crusty soda bread.

Lamb Stew in a pot ready to serve for St. Patrick's Day dinner.

Lamb Stew (Irish Stew)

If you like a good traditional Beef Stew Recipe, you’ll love this flavorful Irish stew just as much! A combination of carrots, potatoes, onions, (which really can be made with any variety of meat) is simmered in a beefy Guinness broth. 

My good friends Lew & Val helped me perfect this recipe and if anyone knows good Irish food, they sure do! The Irish are famous for their rustic, crowd-pleasing cooking and they know how to keep it simple!

What kind of lamb for stew? This Irish Lamb Stew is prepared with lamb shoulder, which is the most tender part of the lamb with a delicate flavor that is accented a sprig of thyme! All you need is a heavy stockpot, fresh lamb shoulder pieces and a small selection of root vegetables & herbs.

How To Make Lamb Stew?

  1. Gently season the lamb pieces and brown in a stock pot with the oil.
  2. Saute onion. Add flour and butter to make a roux. Add broth and Guinness beer a bit at a time.
  3. Simmer until lamb is tender (about 90 minutes)
  4. Add carrots & potatoes and cook until tender. Thicken more if desired.

Be certain to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan after browning the lamb/onions. This adds so much flavor! Lamb Stew can also be baked in the oven at 325 degrees.

Bowls of Lamb (Irish Stew) with potatoes and carrots.

What To Serve with Lamb Stew

A hearty and heartwarming meal on its own, lamb stew needs little, if anything alongside it. Lamb Stew is often served over Mashed Potatoes. If you’d like, season this stew with a pinch of curry powder to add a little bit of warmth.

A hearty loaf of Irish Soda Bread or a crisp, cold serving of sauerkraut or even homemade pickles are a great flavor component to this thick, hearty stew. Serve it with a pint (or two) of a sharp Guinness Beer to guarantee that everyone will have a bit o’ the Irish luck when they come to the table!

A bowl of Lamb Stew (Irish Stew) on a serving board.

Irish Stew, or Guinness Stew, is an annual staple during the month of March, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, when the Irish eyes are smiling, and everyone is ready for a hearty meal! However, this dish is so delicious, you’ll want to make it year round!

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Lamb Stew

Irish Lamb Stew is an annual staple during the month of March, but so delicious, you’ll want to enjoy it all year long!

  • 2 lbs lamb shoulder (cut into 1 1/2" pieces)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 bottle Guiness beer
  • 3 carrots (chopped into 3" pieces)
  • 2 large potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 sprigs thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  1. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and brown lamb in small batches.

  2. Set lamb aside and add onions to the pot with remaining oil. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Add about 2 tablespoons broth to deglaze and scrape any brown bits off the bottom. Cook until broth has evaporated.

  4. Add butter and flour. Cook one minute. Turn heat to low. Add beer and then broth a small amount at a time mixing until smooth after each addition. The mixture will seem pasty and thick at first. Continue adding liquid a little bit at a time until smooth.

  5. Simmer 90 minutes or until lamb is fork tender. Add potatoes, carrots and thyme and simmer 25 minutes or until tender. 

  6. Stir in parsley and serve with Irish Soda Bread.

To Thicken:

If you’d prefer a thicker stew, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add to the boiling stew a little bit at a time while stirring until it reaches desired consistency.