The magical slow cooker
– 20 oz. pkg. Hurst's Hambeens 15 bean Soup mix – 1 lb. Italian sausage – 5 oz. pepperoni – 1 green bell pepper diced – 1 red onion diced – 1 1/2 cups mushrooms – 3.8 oz. black olives drained – 2 garlic cloves minced – 2 tsp. dried oregano – 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes – 7 cups chicken broth – 24 oz. jarred marinara sauce Serving suggestions: – shredded mozzarella cheese – garlic bread
Place the 15 bean soup mix in a strainer. Sort through the beans and discard any debris. Rinse with cold water. Drain off any excess water. Add the rinsed beans to the slow cooker.
Add the sausage, pepperoni, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, olives, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth. Stir. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours.
When the cooking time is up, add the marinara (or pizza sauce), stir. I do not think this recipe needs salt, but taste and decide if you think it does.
Top each bowl with shredded mozzarella and a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.