• Mixed Bean Soup with Andouille or Ham (A Gift in Jar Holiday Idea)

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    Mixed Bean Soup with Andouille or Ham (A Gift in Jar Holiday Idea)
    Prep: 20 min Cook: 3 hours Servings: 6
    by Salad Foodie
    406 recipes
    Make up your own dry bean and lentil variety or purchase ready-made. Aim for 8 or more legume types - navy, black, great northern, garbanzo, pinto, red, green split peas, lentils. Can be a good way to use up odds and ends of dried beans on hand. Fill pint or quart gift jars and decorate with ribbons and a tag with the recipe directions below. Great to have in the pantry especially in wintertime when homemade soups are so welcome. Tip: Make the soup a day ahead ~ DIVINE!


    • 1 cup of the dried bean mix
    • 1 quart water
    • 6 ounces andouille sausage (or equivaent amount of diced ham, smoked sausage, etc.)
    • 1 medium onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon paste (or 3 bouillon cubes)
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)


    1. Rinse and sort beans. Place in large saucepan and add water to cover the top by 2-3 inches. Soak overnight, or use the quick method and bring to a boil covered, turn the heat off and soak for an hour or two. Drain.
    2. Add 1 quart water and crumbled andouille sausage to drained beans.
    3. Simmer covered for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
    4. Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, bouillon, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
    5. Simmer covered for 1 hour more or until beans are tender and onions cooked through, adjusting liquid as needed with additional water.

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