Bean and Sausage Soup

Nothing is better on a fall (or winter) day than a bowl of homemade soup!  One of my favorite soups to make is a bean and sausage soup that I cook up in the crockpot.  I am going to give you the recipe for the soup that I made today, but this recipe can be varied a lot.  I have made several versions of this soup.  Use what you have in the refrigerator or freezer, great for using those leftovers!

 

Bean and Sausage Soup

Bean and Sausage Soup

You can see the steam coming off of the soup in this picture!

Ingredients in this recipe:

1 qt cooked pinto beans

2 large links of Chipotle Pepper chicken sausage

1 qt chicken broth

1 small onion, chopped

2 c fresh baby spinach

First peel and chop the onion…

 

chopped onion

chopped onion

Cut the 2 sausage links into slices, or chunks (your preference)…

 

sausage links

sausage links

sliced sausage

sliced sausage

Pour the beans, onions and sausage into the crockpot.  Next pour in the chicken broth…

 

add the chicken broth

add the chicken broth

For this particular soup I didn’t add any spices.  The spices in the sausage flavor the soup nicely.  If you want additional spices (such as chili powder in this soup) go ahead and add them now.  I set the crockpot on high and cook for 4 hours.  If you will be away, go ahead and set the temperature to low, and cook for about 6 -8 hours.

Next I will add the fresh baby spinach…

 

add the fresh baby spinach

add the fresh baby spinach

I then put the crockpot on low for about 1 hour. Done!

I then serve the soup with biscuits, rolls, cornbread, whatever your family prefers.

 

Served with Biscuits & Butter

Served with Biscuits & Butter

Note:  The recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits will be posted up tomorrow!

To make this soup your own this is what you need to remember:

Choose a variety of beans to use (mix and match if you want)

Choose a sausage to include.  I purchase 4 pack of chicken sausage in different flavors from the market, and freeze it in packages of 2 links each.  Two links is enough meat for us with the beans.

Choose a broth.  I use chicken broth most of the time, but it will work well with vegetable, or beef, or a combination.

Choose a vegetable to include.  It can be fresh, canned or frozen.  Use what you have on hand.

Add any spices your family prefers.  Garlic also livens up the mix.

This is a great recipe to warm you on a cool day.  It also works great to use up leftovers in the frig.

Enjoy!

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One response to “Bean and Sausage Soup

  1. mmmmmm!!!! i love a big pot of homemade soup simmering away on the stove this time of year! sounds and looks so yummy. thanks for sharing your recipe. I have never seen chipotle chicken sausage before… I’ll have to look the next time i go into town.