Day two of this storm, or is it day three? Hah! Anyway, time for another hearty one pot meal. This one is my multi-bean soup with Italian sausage. I started with a 1.3 lb bag of 4 bean mix and added two kinds of lentil and a bit of a few others. The critical thing is that, if you have celiac, most 16 or 15 bean mixtures for soups contain barley which we are hugely allergic to. After much searching I found a four bean mix out at Echo Hill country store (Berks County) and added some French lentils; maybe ¼ a cup and some red lentils; another ¼ cup plus a ¼ cup of dried garbanzo beans and a sprinkling of dried limas. You can use what ever blend you like but I like a good mix for a rich thick stew. Let me know if you find any other mixtures that are barley free.
My soup has Italian sausage but you can leave that out if you want a vegetarian version. Ditch the bouillon cube if you are going that direction. I personally love sausage in a bean stew. Gives you lots of meaty flavor and a healthy dose of protein. I am guessing you could use other things like smoky ham chunks or maybe a ham hock?
I enjoyed a hot bowl of this potage with a slice of toasted multigrain gf bread. It made a full meal without anything else being necessary. A fresh crunchy salad would go well if you want to round your dining experience out with some greens!
Ten Bean Soup with Sausage
Soak 1- 1/12 pounds of dried beans in water to cover. I set the lentils aside and added them after the soaking as they don’t need the same treatment the other beans need. Either bring to a boil and let stand an hour or just let stand in the cold water overnight. I did the quick version! Drain them well and rinse even better before returning the swollen legumes to the rinsed pot. You want to get rid of the soaking liquid as it is full of the stuff that causes intestinal gas so rinse dem beans! Cover with fresh filtered water, an inch or so above the beans and add a bay leaf. Cook 1 hour, pour in more water as needed and stir so it doesn’t stick or burn. Then, add the lentils and cook another hour until the beans are nearly tender. It is hard to say when beans get done, depends on a number of factors including the age of the beans, I taste often to check for tenderness. And stir that pot! As they are approaching that almost done spot start the rest of the dish.
Chop into dice: 3 sizable carrots and 1 large onion
Mince: 2 big garlic cloves
Add the veggies, stir and cook 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add water if needed. I like the soup thick but it can’t be solid so add water.
As that cooks start the sausage. Sauté one lb Italian sausage: brown in a Teflon pan with a touch of olive oil until top and bottom are browned and sausage is mostly done. Let cool a bit and slice into rounds or chunks, set aside.
Add to the soup:
½ a 14 ounce can of spicy diced tomatoes (plain if you like less heat)
½ tsp. dried oregano
Sprinkle dried basil
¼ tsp smoked paprika
1 beef bouillon cube
½ bunch of kale leaves cut into big shreds; I cut off the bigger stems as they can be tough.
1-2 tsp sea salt
Some fresh ground black pepper
Cook ten minutes, add more water if it gets too thick. Stir occasionally. Taste and add more spice if you think the soup needs more. Add the sliced sausage and cook five minutes more. Taste and add more salt/pepper as you see necessary. Let stand 5-10 minutes before ladling out. Now that is comfort food that is good for you too!