Friday, February 20, 2015

Barbeque Bean Soup with Sausage


Colorado has seen our fair share of beautiful days over the last few weeks, but our weather is getting ready to turn. The weather people are predicting a weekend full of snow. Of course, they have been known to be wrong but predictably the grocery store was filled with folks anticipating being dumped on. Now being dumped on is a good thing if you are in the mountains and prepared to ski. But driving to the mountains while the snow is falling is not so much fun. Manservant was planning on skiing this weekend and I am not so sure he is going to make it.

In which case me being prepared, means having food in the house. I have all the staples and I am ready to hunker down. Magazines are waiting to be read, and all I need is Manservant to chop some wood. Truth be told, I don't mind hunkering down. To me there isn't much better than being in my pj's all day, while sitting next to a toasty fire, and gazing out the window at Manservant operating the snow blower. I promise I'll even have the hot chocolate waiting as he strips out of his wet clothes.

So, I'm guessing there might be a few folks across the nation that are getting tired of this scenario. One thing I can promise is that you won't get tired of this soup. We've been eating it all week. Manservant loves beans. I mean he really loves beans. It used to be that pintos were his thing and where I came from it was kidney beans. Honestly, neither are my favorite.


I like white navy beans. (Now why are navy beans white?) And Great Northerns. And black beans. And teeny red beans. I like green beans. I love cacoa beans and coffee beans but I guess that is getting off track.I used mayocoba beans in this soup which is an heirloom Peruvian bean, similar to a pinto. They contain 9g of fiber and 8g of protein per a 1/4 cup. Not bad for a little bean. I soaked my beans but if time is short, feel free to use canned beans. And I don't even care what variety! Check out the dried bean council if you'd like.

Soup is a hard thing to mess up which is totally unlike predicting weather. Don't be afraid to use other types of meat and you could even leave it out. I've seen many varieties of BBQ bean soup that used short ribs. Now my mother loves short ribs, but me, not so much. Personalize this soup to your heart's content. I wasn't sure where I was going when I began, but this turned out so good that Manservant has been eating it every day.

As it happens, his parents sent a honey baked ham for the holidays and because there are only two of us, I put a lot in the freezer. Manservant takes that ham and lays it across the top of this soup and is in hog heaven. I've also seen him poach or fry some eggs and put those on top. It is hard to keep this man from his beans!


Barbeque Bean Soup with Sausage
Serves 8-10
Time to Make: This varies depending on if you are using canned or dried beans. I would say anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 4 hours. 

Ingredients:
1-1 1/2 lbs sweet Italian sausage
2 c chopped onion
4 minced garlic cloves
1/2 c of your favorite bbq sauce
1 T maple syrup
1 T Worcestershire
1 T chopped chipotle in adobo sauce
1 t smoked paprika
2 T special seasoning
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
3 cans water
1 lb dried beans soaked or 3-4 cans of your favorite beans, drained
Few dashes of liquid smoke
1 T balsamic vinegar

Special Seasoning:(You will have some left over but I know you will find ways to use it. It rocks!)
2 T sugar
1 T coarse salt
1 T  freshly ground black pepper
1 T garlic powder

Garnishes:
Chopped raw onion
Cooked, crisp bacon bits
Grated Smoked Cheese
Cornbread Croutons (I used leftover cornbread and baked it until dried out.)

Directions:
In a large Dutch oven, cook the sausage over medium heat, breaking into pieces, as it cooks. Stir in onion and garlic and saute until soft. Add bbq sauce, maple syrup, Worcestershire, chipotle, smoked paprika and special seasoning. Stir well and let cook a few minutes. Add both cans of tomatoes and water. Stir in dried beans if using and let simmer for about 2-3 hours, covered. This depends on the variety of bean and how soft you want them to get. You may need to add more liquid. If not using dried beans, let mixture simmer for about 1 hour.Add canned beans and let cook until soup is of desired consistency. Before serving, stir in a few dashes of liquid smoke and the vinegar. This gives the soup some oomph!

Garnish as desired!

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22 comments:

  1. Pictures say a thousand words. But your recipe says a few words of its own — tangy, hearty and delicious. Good luck outwitting the weather peeps.

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    1. You are so good with words, Adam! I must try harder! And you are so correct. It tastes just like you described!

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  2. We love beans around here too. Really nasty weather at the moment -- both ice and snow falling. Yuck. So of course I'm making chili. With beans. Only because the idea of this soup had never occurred to me. Love it! Very creative -- thanks.

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    1. Just popped in my head one day. I am weird like that! This weather is getting a bit old!

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  3. White navy beans are my favorite, too---I always put kidney beans in my chili, but I'm really not a fan. One of my sisters sent me an outdoor thermometer shot from Denver either yesterday or Wed. when I was griping about our sub-zero wind chills. Now why doesn't that warm air just head my way??? It does in the summer! Anyhow, your soup looks terrific.

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    1. I used to pick every kidney bean out! Thanks, Liz!

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  4. You are so right! I can never get enough of hearty and healthy soups like this. It looks wonderful.

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    1. This was a very enjoyable soup. It lasted a week and now I want more!

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  5. We are big on beans on our house too. I love the idea of Barbecue Bean Soup. It is new to me, and I bet it is darn tasty. Thanks for this one, and i hope you survive you weather. We are pretty fortunate out here in Southern California. We have had mostly sunny days, and have even been wearing shorts and short sleeves lately!

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    1. You are fortunate. Especially while I'm looking out and watching the snow fall. But Manservant does love to ski! Thanks Adri!

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  6. Simply damn delicious bean sausage stew!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  7. I always have bbq beans with pork bbq but now I'm rethinking that decision. :)

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    1. This works so well on its own! Time to rethink! Thanks, Maureen!

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  8. I'm a big bean person too, my husband not so much. Love that you added chipotle!

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    1. Love chipotle! Took me a long time to get used to beans. I now must say that I do look forward to them because there is so much one can do with them!

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  9. We were so thankfully we didn't choose Denver as our transfer point instead of Phoenix coming back from California on Saturday! The weather did not sound good there at all. Instead of snow we have cold! I would sure welcome a bowl of that delicious bean soup. The flavors sound complex and delicious!

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    1. You were lucky. The weather got nasty! Better cold, than snow! Hope you had a great break!

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  10. OMG this looks so good, and the cornbread croutons are genius!

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    1. I don't think that there are that many foods that cornbread doesn't work with! Thanks, Sue! Leftovers force creativity!

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  11. This bean soup looks delicious Abbe...I love the sweet touch of the maple and the BBQ sauce in it...very hearty, for a great meal!
    Have a nice week :)

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    1. The sweet is what makes the spiciness stand out! Thanks Juliana!

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