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bean soup with sausage and vegetables in a bowl

Bean Soup | Easy & Delicious


  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x

Description

A quick and easy bean soup, loaded with veggies and savory, comfort-food flavor!  This one's a keeper that the whole family will love!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 cans (15.5 oz) beans, drained and rinsed (I use 3 Great Northern, 1 black and 1 red. Cannellini or kidney would work as well.)
  • 2 (12 oz) packages of rope or link sausage, (I use Beef Smoked Sausage Ropes, but choose the one your family likes best.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, minced fine
  • 3 carrots, minced fine
  • 2 celery stalks, minced fine
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 quart (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional, chicken bouillon, to taste
  • optional, 1 cup heavy cream
  • optional garnish, minced parsley or kale

Instructions

  1. Cut the sausages into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  2. Heat the oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the sliced sausage in an even layer  on the bottom of the pot.  Allow it to cook without disturbing it for 3-5 minutes -- long enough to caramelize one side of the slices.
  4. While the sausage is cooking, mince the carrots, onions and celery.
  5. Stir the vegetables and minced garlic to the stock pot with the sausage and give them 5 minutes to begin to soften.
  6. After 5 minutes, add the chicken stock, beans, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and bay leaves.  If your chicken stock is high-quality and flavorful nothing else will be necessary.  Stir everything together and give it a taste.  If you think it needs extra oomph, you can add chicken bouillon to the stock.  (I like the Better than Bouillon brand.)
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the soup to simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, your soup will be flavorful and ready to serve.  At that point I like to add 1 cup of heavy cream.  It gives the broth a rich, creamy consistency, but is completely optional.
  9. Garnish with minced parsley or kale, if you like.
  10. Serve with homemade biscuits for a scrumptious meal.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American