Dried beans are delicious, high in fiber, and very budget friendly. I wanted to try cooking a bean soup in my crock pot, which I thought would be the perfect recipe for a work day. I found a 15 Bean Soup mix and decided to try that.
There are a couple of things I will do differently next time, and I addressed them both in the recipe. One is that I would add celery. The other is that I would wait to add the onion and sausage until a couple of hours before the soup was ready. The sausage was a little too soft for my taste, which was the result of cooking all day long.
Slow Cooked 15 Bean Soup
1 package Cajun 15 Bean Soup Mix
1 lb sausage, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
8 cups water
1 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste ( I thought it needed a lot of salt)
4 bay leaves
1 can petite diced tomatoes
The night before:
1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
2. Sauté onion, celery, and sausage in a skillet with a small amount of oil until onion is tender and sausage is browned. Store in refrigerator until needed.
The next morning:
1. Drain and rinse beans. Place in crock pot.
2. Add tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and the seasoning packet included with the beans.
3. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
4. About 2 hours before the soup is finished, add the onion and sausage.
The night before, sauté sausage and onion, (and celery, if desired) and store in the refrigerator.
Place the beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
The next morning (5:30 am for me!) drain and rinse the beans:
Place the ingredients in the crock pot and cook for 10 -12 hours on low:
The result is a rich, hearty, and fabulous soup. It will be particularly tasty this fall.