OK - I was pretty proud of this one. All the flavors blend so perfectly together & to make it even better it was done in the crock pot. Hope you enjoy!
2 cans of white Northern Beans, rinsed
1 can small black olives, rinsed
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced roasted red peppers
3 cups of chicken broth, 4 if no wine
1 cup of red wine
1 link of turkey smoked sausage, coined & quartered
1 tablespoon of Herbs de Provence
6 fresh thyme sprigs
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon of butter
Grated Gouda or Havarti
Put everything but the butter, rice and cheese in your crock pot and cook on low for at least eight hours (even longer is fine - it just gives the flavors more time to blend). Right before you are ready to serve turn heat to high and add butter & let it return to a low boil. Serve over rice (or not) and top with a sprinkle of cheese (or not).
This was a wonderful Monday night meal. I mixed everything together the night before & my husband, JK, turned the crock pot on right before he left for the day (I would have but I leave 2 hours before he does). Walking into the house from the office was awesome, the entire house smelled wonderful. We started the week off on a healthy note and I had delicious lunch for the rest of the week. For dinner I enjoyed with the rice & cheese and for a healthy lunch I just enjoyed the soup as is.