I swoon over white bean soup and this recipe for it is fantastic! Bean soup was at the top of the list of my favorite meals when I was young and still is today. When I was a kid, I loved to be at Grandma’s for Saturday supper since she served bean soup; generally with a ham bone, every Saturday evening year round ~ along with cornbread and iced sweet tea.
Sometimes, I like bean soup jazzed up and spicy. So, this time I cooked it with andouille sausage. Bill bought links of it at our great Italian meat market the other day and it has been driving me crazy; smelling the aromatic flavors every time I opened the refrigerator so I could hardly wait to cook it in this soup. The rich spicy flavor of the sausage is Cajun all the way and a great addition to the beans. And since I like spinach almost as much as Popeye does, I included a whole bag of it in the soup.
It’s a tasty soup for supper any evening, plus the dried beans are a great source of protein and easy on your food budget also. Cooking it in a slow cooker makes it so easy with not having to stir it periodically. And of course, bean soup demands fresh baked corn bread ~ a perfect meal in my way of thinking. The bean soup is possibly even better the next day!
White Bean Soup with Andouille Sausage and Spinach
1 pound dried great northern beans
½ pound andouille sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced thin
½ teaspoon dried thyme
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
9 ounces fresh spinach, roughly torn
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
In 6 quart slow cooker, combine the beans, sausage, onion, carrots and thyme.
Add broth and stir to combine.
Cover and cook until the beans are tender, on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Skim fat off top.
Before serving, add the spinach leaves and cover.
Cook until the spinach is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Add the vinegar and salt and pepper.
If you are a white bean soup fanatic like me, you will love this soup. It is absolutely perfectly delicious, I am not kidding!!!
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