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15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage – A One Pot Meal

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In this post you’ll discover the easy recipe for 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage – A One Pot Meal!
 

Bean soup is a nutritious and economical one pot meal. Depending on the size of your family, you may get more than one meal out of a pot of bean soup. Just serve with a side of corn bread if you like.

This is a favorite supper for us during the cooler months of the year.

Which Beans are in 15 Bean Soup?

The fifteen varieties include: Northern, Pinto, Large Lima (Butter Beans), Black Eyed Pea, Garbanzo, Baby Lima, Small Red, Yellow Split Pea, Lentil, Navy, White Kidney, Green Split, Cranberry, Small White and Black Bean.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage:

  • 1 package 15 Bean Soup Dry Beans
  • 32 oz Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 Onion, yellow or white, diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery, diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers, I used a yellow and red but any color will do
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Bay Leaves (optional)
  • Flavor Packet from 15 Bean Soup package
  • 1 package Beef Smoked Sausage , sliced or diced
  • 8-10 cups Water for cooking

Smoked Sausage and Bean Soup

15 Dry Bean Mix - Soup Beans

15 Bean Soup Recipe with Ham and Sausage

Although there are some beans in this mix that do not require soaking, I go ahead and soak them all. I mean who would want to pick out certain beans to soak, right?!? Soaking also gets rid of some of the, ahem, gases.
 
The longer beans soak, the more gas producing compounds break down. Pardon me. Soaking also reduces cooking time.
 
There are basically four important steps to using any dry beans:
1) Clean
2) Rinse
3) Soak
4) Cook
 
Clean and rinse the beans and place in a bowl, add 1/2 of the stock and fill the rest with water until the beans are covered. Reserve the rest of the stock for cooking the beans. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

15 Bean Soup Recipe

How to cook bean soup
Remove your beans from soaking and pour into a colander and rinse well.
 
In a large pot add 1 tablespoon of butter and heat over medium heat. Next add the diced onion, celery, and bell pepper and sauté until onions begin to become translucent.
 
Add the remaining stock to the pot along with the salt, pepper, onion powder, bay leaves. Add  your beans, water, and flavor packet. Stir to combine all and bring to a boil.
 
Reduce and cover pot leaving a vent. You may have to add more water during the cooking process due to evaporation. Cook 1 hour on a medium low heat.
 
Add the smoked sausage during the last 30 minutes of cooking to heat through.
 
Remember to remove your bay leaves (if using) when done.
A bowl of bean soup for dinner
You can serve this along with corn bread or
 
This soup can be served over rice as well.
 
This is definitely a hearty meal, no matter how you choose to serve it.
Ingredients for an easy bean soup recipe

Easy Bean Soup

15 Bean Soup Recipe Vegetarian: If you would like to prepare this recipe so that it is vegan friendly, use vegetable stock and omit the smoked sausage.
 
More delicious versions to try with 15 Bean Soup: Try this recipe using chicken or ground beef instead of pork, they’re all delicious!

Full instructions and ingredient list for 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage – A One Pot Meal in the printable recipe card below.

Yield: 1 Pot of Beans

15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

15 Dry Bean Mix - Soup Beans

This delicious one pot meal of 15 bean soup with smoked sausage is delicious. It is easy to customize this recipe using other variations or made to be vegan friendly.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package 15 Bean Soup Dry Beans
  • 1 Carton Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 Onion, yellow or white, diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery, diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers, I used a yellow and red but any color will do
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Flavor Packet from 15 Bean Soup package
  • 1 package Beef Smoked Sausage , sliced or diced
  • 8-10 cups Water for cooking

Instructions

Clean and rinse the beans and place in a bowl, add 1/2 of the stock and fill the rest with water until the beans are covered.

Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

In a large pot add 1 tablespoon of butter and heat over medium heat then add the diced onion, celery, and bell pepper and saute until onions begin to become translucent.

Next, add the remaining stock to the pot along with the salt, pepper, onion powder, bay leaves. 

Next, add the beans, water, and flavor packet. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and cover pot leaving a vent. You may have to add more water during the cooking process due to evaporation.

Cook 2 hours on a medium low heat.

Add the smoked sausage the last half hour of cooking.

Serve hot with cornbread, if desired.

Notes

If you're not a fan of smoked sausage you can add diced chicken, cooked ground beef or ham to your beans or no meat at all.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 480mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 22gSugar: 11gProtein: 25g
classic 15 bean soup recipe Pinterest

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Gail Marie

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

This looks amazing! And would be soooo good with a hot slice of buttered cornbread :)

Julia Jordan

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Miss Gail, We are soul sisters! You know that I love me some good cornbread.

Dawn

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Hi Julia, I'm a new subscriber to your blog and am loving it. Thank you for the inspiration during these trying and uncharted times. I will definitely visit your site as often as possible to help. In regards to this delicious looking soup that caught my eye I had a question. There are several photos, pot with veggies and beans and some sort of meat in with all the goodness, and aforementioned meat in the cutting board photo. I looked and looked again and didn't see a mention of "the meat" anywhere. Is it salt pork? Please let me know as I have a bag of 15 bean Ham Beens in my pantry and would love to whip this up. I'm your northern neighbor by the way, up in Charlotte, NC. Look forward to hearing back from you.

Julia Jordan

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Dawn, Thank you so much for being here! I'm so happy that you stopped by!! I just snapped some new photos of this recipe that I originally published a few years ago. The other meat is a seasoning meat - country ham pieces to be specific. It adds a bit of extra flavor while they cook. I hope that you're well up in Charlotte! We used to live in Lake Wylie, S.C. just south of Charlotte so I know that area well. Take care and I hope that you enjoy this recipe. ~Julia

mizsuzee

Tuesday 16th of February 2016

Just wondering - would this also be good with andouille sausage?

Julia

Tuesday 16th of February 2016

Yes, you could use any kind of smoked sausage.