Flip on your slow cooker and this hearty French soup recipe practically cooks itself after 20 minutes of prep time. Serve each bowl of this French Country Soup recipe with a slice of toasted bread and a fresh green salad.
Rinse and drain beans. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, combine beans and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain beans in colander; rinse beans. In a 3-1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together beans, meat, broth, carrots, celery, onion, wine, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Remove and discard bay leaves before serving. If desired, serve with toasted French bread slices. Makes 6 servings.