Wednesday, February 20, 2013

15 Bean and Sausage Soup


 We had some really cold weather this weekend so I pulled out my soup pot a few times to make some meals that would warm us up.  I recently bought a bag of 15 bean soup mix to make before winter was over so I decided there was no better time than this weekend to use it.  My young son said this soup was one of his favorite soups of all time and my husband was pretty thrilled with it as well.  They both enjoyed the leftover soup the next day and that saved me cooking a new meal.  This low-cost soup certainly warmed us up and left our bellies happy and satisfied.


1lb bag of 15 bean mix (or use variety of your favorites beans and lentils) soaked overnight
1lb of lean ground sausage
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced onion
28oz can of diced tomatoes
red chili flakes to taste
1-2 Tbs Chili con carne powder (used for American Chili)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3-4 cloves garlic minced or grated
1 bay leave
8-10 cups chicken broth or water/chicken bullion equivalent
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup milk (optional)

Note:  It's important rinse the beans well and then soak the beans overnight so they will cook fast. 

Heat soup pot on high heat and add 1 Tbs of canola oil. Add ground sausage and brown well.  Then add the diced carrots, celery, onions and minced garlic.  Saute for 3-4 minutes.   Then add dried seasoning (thyme, basil, oregano, chili powder, chili flakes, salt, pepper).  Saute with sausage and vegetables for 1 minute.

Next add soaked beans, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and bring to a boil for 45-50 minutes or until beans are at your desired texture. If you want a creamier soup, add the milk and simmer for another minute.   Taste for salt and seasoning and serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. I made a stew tonight too (for tomorrow). I can honestly eat soup and stew all week if my family don't complain. :) Looks delicious!

  2. I am trying to get more beans in my least beans other than black beans. This recipe is so colorful.

  3. That bowl is speaking to me! Talk about a hearty, cozy delicious meal!

  4. oh lovely, looks very tempting!!!

  5. I have NEVER seen that 15-bean thing before...have I been living under a rock??

    This looks wonderful!

  6. healthy bean soup..looks so good..I love the cookware...

  7. Brrrr it's so cold here in NJ! We had one warm day then poof! back to wind and frosty nights, and now I'll be dreaming of this soup to keep me warm heehee. Looks perfect for this kind of weather :)

  8. This looks like a delicious and hearty soup! Perfect for a day like today where we are experiencing a real feel of -5...ugghh! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Oh how fabulous! I am trying to think of all the beans I know and I can't come up with 15. LOL...but the dried beans in the bowl look so pretty! I bet this was very heart and very soul satisfying. I could have used this on our freezing, blustery windy day here today! (And I bet your soup leftovers will be even better!)

  10. Oh, this looks marvelous, Ramona! We have freezing rain in the forecast, and I think I'll be stuck at home. A lovely pot of soup will be perfect for dinner ;)

  11. I think I could eat this whether rain or shine my friend, it looks so hearty!


  12. I'm not even sure I can name 15 beans, LOL! This looks so hearty and delish!

  13. This would surely satisfy my daily fiber requirement and I bet it tastes even better the next day.

  14. I did a double take. 15 beans? My hubby might be in a bit of trouble. ;) Talk about a hearty dish. Have a great week, Ramona.

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