The ingredients are simple, fast, and dont look like anything to write home about. However, when you have this simmering on your stove for 3 hours…the flavors and smells come together into something wonderful. The taste was different than any soups or chilis I have ever had before. Maybe that is why we liked it so much, because it was something new a different. This pairs great with a toasted piece of sourdough bread. (But since we still haven’t attempted GF Sourdough bread, any buttered toast works).
I had some fun with the bean shots, I wanted to show up close what kinds of beans/lentils etc, are really in this mixture. You cant tell so much after it is cooked and saucy.
After you saute the onion/meat, you literally dump everything in, bring it to a boil, then simmer for 3 hours. Then tada! An effortless mealI am sure you could throw this in the crock pot as well.
If your costco doesn’t have this “Epicurean Specialty, Gourmet Bean Blend” then you can probably just substitute any mixture of your favorites.
On to the recipe!
Bean, Pea and Lentil Soup Recipe:
3 cups Bean Blend
1lb ground italian sausage, OR you can use chicken sausage, or italian sausage links sliced into 1 inch pieces.
1 large onion
4 garlic cloves
1 12oz can diced tomatoes
10oz tomato sauce
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
8 cups chicken stock (or water)
In a stock pot, saute onion and sausage in olive oil until sausage is lightly browned. Add garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer on low for roughly 3 hours. Remove bay leaves. Serve with grated Parmesean, or Sharp Cheddar cheese and some kind of crusty bread.
*Note: I did adapt this recipe to our liking and needs. The original called for a red and green bell pepper diced. I also recommend using chicken or beef stock to add in extra flavor instead of water. Oh and lastly I added in an extra pinch of garlic seasoning, salt, and oregano/italian seasoning.
This serves about 6-8 bowls. Leftovers taste wonderful!