Friday, April 20, 2012

RED BEAN SOUP

A-Z Soups
We love red beans and rice and not just on Mondays. Red bean soup is just as good.

Starting a meal with soup is a good thing, one advantage being that eating soup can quiet down cravings for a huge amount of food. With red bean soup however, you might have to control your cravings for more red bean soup. Yes, it’s that good.


Red Bean Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp Creole seasoning Here
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery

1 Cup Andouille sausage, or other smoked sausage such as kielbasa, thinly sliced
1/2 lb small red kidney beans (soaked overnight or quick soaked)
1 cup finely diced ham
1 tablespoons minced garlic
10 cups chicken stock (or water or half stock, half water)
3 bay leaves
1/2 Cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped finely
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced on the bias
Hot Sauce to taste, such as Tabasco sauce
Worcestershire sauce to taste

Method:

Drain the overnight soaked beans. Or to quick soak: cover the beans with plenty of water in a saucepan and bring to boiling. Shut the flame off, cover and let the beans soak one hour.

Mix together the holy trinity (onions, celery, and bell pepper).

Melt the butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven.
Add 3/4 of the holy trinity and just 1 Tbsp of the Creole Seasoning.
Turn the heat to medium high and cook this for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to get some color.

Add the drained beans and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid from the vegetables is absorbed.

Add the chicken stock or water, diced ham, Andouille, garlic, bay leaves, the remaining trinity and Creole seasoning. Bring this to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Let this simmer for 2- 2 1/2 hours.

After the beans have cooked for two hours, add the Tomato Sauce, Parsley, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire, and 1/2 of the Green Onions.

Cook the beans for another half hour. Puree 1/3 of the soup, being very careful to avoid any pieces of Andouille, and bay leaves.

As is the case with most soups, if you make this a day ahead, the flavors will be immensely better. Add additional stock or water if necessary, it should not be too thick.

To serve, remove the bay leaves. You can garnish with 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped and the lemon slices.
 
Here is a fine soup of humble origins. Red bean soup is deservedly delicious.

12 comments:

Kalyani said...

yum yummy and healthy soup ........

Lynn Proctor said...

this sounds perfect--i was wanting red beans but not a chili--thanks again

Jean said...

This sounds fabulous! I could really go for some, right now!
Thanks as always!

jean! :)

Gene Pool Diva said...

Ooh thanks Anthony, I know what's for dinner tomorrow!

My Journey With Candida said...

MMmmmmm I am a big bean eater. Just got finished eating refried beans at a local mexican restaurant.

The recipe sounds great Anthony

Al Penwasser said...

I love beans! One day last week, I ate an entire can of black beans. Just that. Black beans. For some odd reason, Mrs. Penwasser didn't let me sleep in our bedroom that night.

ladydragonfly said...

I love red beans and rice. Never thought of making soup with red beans. Yummy!

Joanne said...

I do so love soup and never know what to do with red beans. Obviously, this is going to be my next endeavor!

anthony stemke said...

KALYANI: Yes, and tasty too.

LYNN PROCTOR: You are welcome, enjoy this creole favourite.

JEAN: We love this soup and it reminds me oif the Crescent city. Thanks Jean.

GENE POOL DIVA: Thank You, I'm flattered.

MY JOURNEY WITH CANDIDA: I'm a big bean lover myself, have a few pressure cookers. Thanks for your kind words.
Best regards.

anthony stemke said...

AL PENWASSER: How odd! Perhaps the Mrs should share the can with you, you know, for the sake of harmony.

LADYDRAGONFLY: OK, loving red beans and rice - you are sure to love this soup.

JOANNE: This noble endeavor you are about to embark on will definately pay huge taste dividends, I assure you.

Susanne Drazic said...

My husband and son would both definitely like this soup. My husband would also like that it has Tabasco sauce in it. He puts that on almost everything. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

anthony stemke said...

SUSANNE DRAZIC: Your spouse is OK in my book. Has he ever tried "Sriracha" sauce? it is a nice piquant hot sauce.
Thank you for calling.

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