Bean Soup

Come join Soup-a-Palooza with Tidy Mom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush Beans, Hip HostessPillsbury, and Westminster Crackers.

For this event, I’m sharing my bean soup.  This is comfort food at its best, simply perfect for this time of year, and it’s extremely easy to make with only few ingredients.

Recipe for 15 Bean Soup

1lb smoked sausage (or ham hocks)
1 bag 15 Bean Soup (I use Hurst’s brand)
Salt and pepper
Before cooking, dump out beans on to a plate and sort, removing any stones and debri.  Pour into a strainer and rinse.

Traditional /Cooking Method Directions:
Soaking: Place beans in a large pot, cover with 2 quarts of water. Allow beans to soak overnight or at least 8 hours. After soaking, drain water, add 2 quarts of water and meat. Bring beans to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Add contents of ham packet (from your bean soup bag) and add salt and pepper to taste about 30 minutes before cooking is complete.
Quickcook Method Directions:
Place rinsed beans in a pot with 3 quarts of water.  Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat, cover and continue boiling 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. About 30 minutes before cooking is completed add ham packet and salt and pepper to season.


To spice this recipe up, the Hurst’s package recommends you add 1 cup of chopped onion, one 15 oz. can of diced or stewed tomatoes, 1 tsp chili powder, juice of one lemon, and a clove of minced garlic about 30 minutes before cooking is complete.  Growing up, we never had all that stuff in our bean soup, but I’m sure it’s quite tasty and flavorful.

And if you don’t have time to stand over the stove stirring and watching the soup cook, try making this in the crock pot.  Just cook for the same length of time as it takes for other beans.

Tidy Mom

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  1. OMGoodness! I love bean soup and this looks amazing! Alas, I'm on a diet right now and can't have beans…Aaaarrgghh! Thanks for sharing this and in about 10 more days…I'm gonna try it!! LOL!
    Happy Met Monday!

  2. Cozy Home Scenes says

    I love bean soup too! I always use ham because that's how I was taught to make it. Someday I should try it with sausage. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says

    This looks amazing and it is almost lunch time where I am at. Hum… have to go see if I have everything. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Why am I just now hearing about this Soupalooza?! I love soup! You're 15 Bean Soup looks so yummy!

    I would love for you to join our Friday Food Fight. Come link up and join our blog hop. 🙂

  5. Delish! Looks easy, too. Good for a snow day with cornbread.

  6. Red Couch Recipes says

    I do love the smell of beans cooking in my home — I think they are an amazing source of protein too. Joni

  7. Kim @ It's a Crafty Life says

    My husband would love this soup, can't wait to give it a try!

  8. Rachel {} says

    Oh yummy… I have never tried to make bean soup… it looks great! we are having a link party if you would like to come join!

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