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Slow Cooker Italian White Bean Chicken Soup #Weekly Menu Plan

Italian White Bean Chicken Soup: simplelivingeating.com

My son was so sick last week I needed to put a pot of chicken soup on for him. I had left over broccoli rabe and a half of a red pepper, so I added a can of white beans and made an Italian soup. 

Slow Cooker Italian White Bean Soup: simplelivingeating.com

I also used Arborio rice which gives soup a nice thickness, but please don't feel restricted by this recipe at all. 

Italian White Bean Chicken Soup: simplelivingeating.com

Soup is best when it is an opportunity to use up wilting or leftover vegetables and meats. So, experiment and stay well. 

Slow Cooker Italian White Bean Chicken Soup

by Diane Balch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours on low
Keywords: slow-cooker soup/stew chicken Italian winter

Ingredients (10 -12 servings)
  • 1 tablespoon of Extra-Virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1/2 of a red pepper minced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 64 ounces of chicken broth
  • 15.25 ounce can of Cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup of Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup of broccoli rabe chopped
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


1) Put all of ingredients in a large slow cooker, mix well.
2) Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
3) Before you are ready to eat the soup remove the chicken breasts and shred them with a fork. Return meat to the soup.

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Weekly Menu Plan:

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Homemade Rustic Bread

Tuesday: Fish Sticks, Tator Tots, Green Beans with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos with Trader Joes Taco Mix, Guacamole, Sour Cream & Mexican Cheese

Thursday: Italian Sausage, Fried Polenta & Spinach

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Fritatta with homemade bread


  1. This soup looks really tasty ♥


  2. drain & rinse canned beans or not?

  3. Sounds perfect whether you're under the weather or just need a hot meal to warm up! Looks delicious, Diane!

  4. Hi Diane,
    We will love your Italian White Bean Soup! Thank you so much for sharing with us for our 5th Anniversary of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Congratulations again on your anniversary.


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