Don't understand all the whining about this recipe. It is quite good. BUT I did make some adjustments that probably ensured its success. Tomatoes and wine are acidic and will halt the cooking of legumes. Cook the beans for an hour or two; then let them rest in the refrigerator before turning them into the crockpot with the acids. Also because of the long cooking time, don't chop the vegetables--chunk them. Make the pieces big enough to fit on a spoon. Dicing or chopping means they will disintegrate during long cooking time. Finally, I wasn't happy with the consistency at finish. I wanted a thicker soup. So before adding the sausage, I pureed about three cups of beans, then returned the mixture to the soup for the hearty bean soup I was hoping for.
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Don't understand all the whining about this recipe. It is quite good. BUT I did make some...