Gourmet Bean Soup
A delicious thick, flavorful soup made with dried beans, peas, and lentils. Easy but so amazingly delicious, the whole family loves this recipe!
1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) dry bean/peas/lentils blend*
8 ounces turkey Italian sausage (cut into slices) or turkey sausage patties (diced)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (12-15 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups of chicken stock (or water + bouillon)
Salt, to taste (start with 1 teaspoon)
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
1. In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients except the (optional) Parmesan cheese.
2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then simmer gently over low heat, covered, until beans are all tender (about 2 1/2 hours, but could take longer).
3. When beans are tender, remove the bay leaves. Season with additional salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve hot!
Gourmet bean blend -- scroll down for instructions on making your own bean soup blend like this!
*We used Epicurean Specialty's Gourmet Bean Blend, which we purchased at Costco. If you would like to make your own dry bean blend like this soup uses, you should use equal portions of: pinto beans, black beans, small red kidney beans, great northern beans, lentils, green split peas, and yellow split peas.
This recipe is from Epicurean Specialty's Gourmet Bean Blend. I changed the recipe only slightly, took my own photos, and wrote my own instructions. :)
This soup is really as easy as 1, 2, and 3. You may end up standing at the stove wondering if you really did everything you were supposed to do for this recipe! Start it early, and then get busy doing other fun stuff (or make some dinner rolls and a salad while the soup cooks).
We all really, REALLY like this soup. I was pleasantly surprised that it went over so well, and even Joshua -- who tolerates beans but doesn't love or crave them like I do! - said it was very good. (That's a high compliment for beans from him!) :) I love the combination of flavors and the easy, filling nature of this soup.
Paired with a fresh salad and some hot dinner rolls, this was a meal we all savored!