Here's a hearty stew to feed a hungry crowd - it features a colorful array of beans simmering with sausage and chicken broth, that slow cooks for hours, leaving you free to enjoy the day.
Cook the sausage in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
Stir the sausage, broth, black pepper, carrots, celery and beans in a 5-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
Stir in the tomatoes. Cover and cook for 1 hour or until the beans are tender. Sprinkle with the cheese.
This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.