I usually make a soup every weekend. It lets us eat off it for several days, and as a working mom (with two jobs) I need all the pre-fabbed meals I can. I dont mind letting is simmer all day, so I used a one-pound bag of dried beans and turkey sausage. I soaked the beans overnight in the fridge (bag of dried beans saved $4). Browned the sausage and then took out of the pot and set aside. Since the turkey is so lean, I added a tablespoon of bacon fat to the juice and sauteed the vegies in that till they were soft. Then put in the DRAINED beans, chicken stock, seasonings, some extra pepper, a couple slices of smoked ham (because I had it in the fridge) and Garlic. Simmered on low for about 3 hours. Stirring every hour or so. Then used my stick blender to purree it a bit and tossed the sausage in and let the whole thing meld for another hour or so. Every time I came in from the pool to give it a stir, the house smelled better. My daughter had a REALLY fussy friend over and she actuallly ate a bowl at dinner (the teen who eats only PBJ) and raved. It was really good, hearty and satisfying. Served it with a crusty loaf for dipping. I will definately add this to my regular soup rotation. Next time, I may use a link of hot sausage along with the sweet that I used this time. My Sunflower market sells 14 flavors by the link in the deli, so experimentation is easy. Definately needs Garlic and maybe some potatoes next Time.
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I usually make a soup every weekend. It lets us eat off it for several days, and as a working...