Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hearty Tomato Sausage and Bean Soup

Beans happen to be one of my favorite foods. The creaminess that can be seasoned in a variety of ways. My Mom often made baked beans, when I was growing up. It wasn't until I moved out on my own, that I've ventured out and tried different kinds, made in different ways. As a result, I can never turn down a bowl of soup, that has beans in it. I guess combining two of my great food loves, gets me every time. So when I saw this soup, on the cover of Canadian Living Magazine, I knew the magazine was coming home with me and that the soup would soon grace our table.

Once I read the recipe and saw that it contained sausage, I was a little disappointed. I don't like sausage. I'll eat the occasional breakfast link, here or there, but that's about it. I find them too gristle-y and don't enjoy eating them. But, I was willing to put my dislike of sausage aside and make this soup.

I didn't have to eat the sausage right?? Just make sure my bowl was sausage free. More for the next guy, whom I'm sure wouldn't complain.

Well, Hubby ended up making this soup. It was shortly after I had injured my foot/ankle and I had been on my feet all day, so it was pretty painful. You should have heard us in the kitchen.

"You have to make the soup, exactly like the recipe says, OK?"

"What do you mean, exactly like the recipe says? Can't I just make some soup?"

"Well yeah, make soup, but try to follow the recipe. I know it's hard, since your a Chef, but just do it, OK?!"

"What was that green stuff you added? The recipe didn't call for any green herbs." (At that point, I was not so nicely told to exit the kitchen and go rest my foot, LOL)


It was a really good soup, even with the sausage, LOL. And yes, I did have a few bites of sausage, so I could get the whole experience. The soup was mildly spicy, but it was more of an after taste. I loved the tomato-y broth with the creamy salty beans. This is definitely a great hearty cold weather soup.

Hearty Tomato Sausage and Bean Soup
Adapted from Canadian Living Magazine

4 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 each carrot and rib celery, finely chopped
1 hot green chili (optional)
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
2 Italian sausages (8 oz total) casings removed
2 cans whole tomatoes
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1 C each chicken broth and water
1/3 C fresh chopped oregano
1 tsp sugar

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, chili pepper (if using), salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.

Increase heat to med-high; add sausages and saute for 5 minutes, breaking them up with a spoon.

Stir in tomatoes, breaking up with a spoon. Add beans, chicken broth, water, oregano and sugar; bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes. Discard hot pepper.


This post linked to

Hearth and Soul

Delicious Dishes

Tuesday Night Supper Club

Tuesdays at the Table

Tempt my Tummy Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday

What's Cooking Wednesday


zouptonuts said...

This sounds really delicious. And easy! Love that for a weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing.


21st Century Housewife© said...

This sounds so good - perfect comfort food for this time of year!

Debbie said...

Hope you are feeling much better (you could drag it out...more cooking on hubby's part...). I'm going to give your soup a try soon. Thanks for sharing it. Come join me for Crock Pot Wednesdays whenever you can.

Aurelia said...

That looks really tasty! I love soups at this time of year, nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair with a blanket and a bowl of hot soup :)

I'm taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop too and that's how I found your blog.

Melynda said...

Mmmmm, my favorites sausage and beans. Thanks.

Christy said...

this looks simply delicious...and i am a huge fan of sausage...any kind! so it is right up my alley.thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

Christy said...

I love bean soups of all kinds, and this sounds like a real winner. I am not a huge fan of sausage either but it does give a wonderful taste (I just don't put any in my bowl either lol!) thanks for linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop! I am putting this on the menu soon!