The Shady Porch: Slow Cooker Cannellini Florentine: A Hearty Bean Soup


Slow Cooker Cannellini Florentine: A Hearty Bean Soup

For the past few winters, hubby has groused about the lack of deep cold (I know, right?); well, thanks to the brutally low temps and recent snows we've been experiencing, he is now a happy fella...who now wants some 'belly warming' dishes. In this weather, I will take the warmth from anywhere I can get it - heaters, blankets, hot cocoa - it is all good. But, to satisfy my man, I went looking for 'chill killing' dishes. Well, I have a chill-killer here with this recipe for Cannellini Florentine. A hearty soup loaded with great ingredients like beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic and spinach (the spinach is why it's called Florentine), this is one of those easy-to-make recipes that brings fragrance and flavor greater than other dishes you work on all day. You will come to rely on for your menu's that good!

serving of cannellini florentine with crispy french-fried onions
A serving of Cannellini Florentine with crispy french-fried onions and Parmesan cheese

4 slices chopped bacon
1 lg. white onion, chopped
1 T. minced garlic
1 t. basil
1 can diced tomatoes with basil and garlic (a can of Ro-Tel might even work here!)
3-4 cups chicken broth
1 - 16oz. can Cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
2 - 16oz. cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 32oz. can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup finely chopped spinach
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, if desired for topping
French Fried Onions, if desired for topping

Cook bacon in a skillet. Remove cooked bacon and set aside. Add onions and cook until translucent, then add diced spinach and garlic and cook until spinach wilts.
saute Spinach, Onions and Garlic in Bacon fat
Saute Spinach, Onions and Garlic in Bacon Fat

In slow cooker*,  combine beans, broth, tomatoes, basil and bacon. 
Once spinach has wilted and onions are cooked, add to the bean soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on High for 2-3 hours, or until heated through.

Slow Cooker Cannellini Florentine

Garnish with Parmesan cheese, French-fried onions and/or crushed red pepper flakes.   

* This recipe may be prepared on a stove top in a soup pot, if desired. 
-adapted from

a serving of Cannellini Florentine

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