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Spicy Kielbasa Soup

Red pepper flakes bring a little zip to this hearty soup that's full of good-for-you ingredients. Should you have any left over, this soup is fantastic reheated, after flavors have had time to blend. I like to serve steaming bowls with rye bread. —Carol Custer, Clifton Park, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    5 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a nonstick skillet, cook kielbasa over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the onion, green pepper and celery; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 192 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1210mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • catweber
    Mar 8, 2020

    This is an excellent quick dinner! I made on the stove instead of slow cooker and it's definitely a keeper! My husband loved it!

  • mythyagain
    Oct 20, 2019

    Easy to prepare, quite tasty and filling!

  • mona4eyes
    Oct 2, 2019

    Quite a tasty little soup!

  • cissyharris
    Oct 11, 2018

    No comment left

  • Lynda1111
    Apr 12, 2018

    Filling & so delicious. Immediate family favorite. I used homemade broth for chicken stock (no sugar/salt in my homemade stuff), used no salt tomatoes & beans as well. Could not believe the quality & taste of this soup. I don't even like soup & I plan on making it a couple times of month now.

  • MsGiv
    Dec 1, 2017

    We love this soup! Only real change that we make is that since we don't care for beans, I drop in some tortellini towards the end of the cooking time. Delicious!

  • allharrymama
    May 4, 2016

    Absolute favorite! I have made it several different ways, due to missing ingredients, but I must say it's great no matter how I "fudge" the recipe.

  • meaganteal
    Mar 23, 2016

    I loved this soup! Very hearty, but doesn't pack on the calories. It is high in sodium, so use low sodium when possible. I used a full pound of sausage, and it worked fine. Tasted better the next day when the flavors blended together.

  • scsvatek
    Nov 19, 2014

    I only got 1 bowl. The rest was gone in a blink of an eye. My family loved it. We left out the celery.

  • stressin
    Nov 21, 2013

    I increased to 3 celery ribs, 2 carrots, and one pound of smoked turkey kielbasa and I used low sodium tomatoes and beans; a very warming soup on a cold evening after working all day!