Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kielbasa and Northern White Bean Soup

The weather here in Oregon has turned gray and rainy so I decided to make soup! We made a special trip to Otto's in Portland, where they make and sell specialty sausages, meats, etc. (actually we were in town to pick out the slab granite for my new counter tops, whooo hoo).

Anyway, my husband bought some of each kind of sausage they sell, we came home and my thoughts turned to soup! I decided to use the Kielbasa Sausage and Northern White Beans, which I have not cooked with before.

It turned out tasty and delicious, I highly recommend pairing these two items!

Here is what you will need to make it!

p.s. I actually used canned low salt broth, I was too lazy to make it or thaw some from my freezer.

3 sliced Kielbasa Sausages (mine were fresh ground, but you could use the other kind if needed)
1 16 oz sack Northern White Beans
5-6 cans of low sodium chicken broth
1/2 onion diced
4 stalks celery diced
5 medium carrots diced
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
Rosemary and Thyme to taste
Olive Oil
1/2 a bag of Spinach

I am a big believer in soaking your beans overnight, so soak them in cold water (which covers the beans), overnight then drain

Place 2 tbl olive oil in your soup pot and saute the sausage until caramelized, remove and set aside

Place the vegetables into the pan, adding more oil if needed and saute till the onions are translucent (about 10 minutes)

Add your sausage back in, then the beans and chicken stock (you want the stock well above the level of the beans, etc)

Place your Bay Leaf in and add salt, pepper, dash of Thyme and some Rosemary (I ground mine first in my mortar and pestle)

Let cook, removing scum as it comes to the top

Continue to cook until the beans are the level of tenderness you desire

Place the Spinach in the soup and cook for an additional 10 minutes

Serve with fresh rolls


Elra said...

Oh I check the link, unfortunately they don't seem to have online store. I am so tempted with some of their sausages. Soup sounds scrumptious Cheryl!

Pearl said...

yum that soup looks delish!

Denise said...

Kielbasa is one of my favotites, this looks wonderful with all the rain we are getting here in new york

Debbie said...

Cheryl that sounds wondeful and hearty. Great soup!

Christina Kim said...

Cheryl, I love any soups, especially those with beans! This one is so simple, and looks delicious.

BTW, thank you for your comment on my blog. I suppose Father's Day is a day to honor and/or remember our fathers, whether alive or passed.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Now this is what I call a hearty soup! Beans and sausage are a perfect combo. Yummy!

The Blonde Duck said...

Send some of your rain this way! It's 100 degrees and hot!

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a hearty and delicious looking soup! you outdid yourself Cheryl!

Sara said...

Sounds like a great soup, I bet it was amazing with those sausages!

Maria said...

I love soup! This one looks delish!

Sophie said...

Sausage in a soup, divine -- I've never had this kind before but I bet it makes a hearty, flavorful soup.

Heather said...

man girl, you have some of my favorite ingredients in there! i love kielbasa. and white beans! i want a bowl!!

Paula said...

Where is our sunshine? Ugh, I'm really ready for summer to arrive and then STAY for a while!

In the meantime, I'd love your soup because I'm a soup girl. This is wonderful! Thanks, too, for the link to Otto's. I'll be giving them a visit! :-)

Anonymous said...

Love this! It kind of reminds me of Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden with the sausage...yum! Stick to your ribs good!

Donna-FFW said...

I dont even need to tell you why I like this recipe do I Cheryl;)

MaryBeth said...

LOVE IT...... The entire soup sounds fabulous.

Jan said...

Sounds like a lovely soup, but I'm sure I don't need to tell you, soup is off the menu for several months here. (See earlier comment).

NuKiwi said...

Sounds delish... :o)

Veronica said...

I made this for dinner tonight with some turkey kielbasa & butter beans. It was really good but next time would use great northern--I only had the butter beans on hand. Thanks for sharing this idea--I had no idea what to do with the kielbasa but couldn't resist purchasing it on special. :)

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