Friday, October 14, 2011

Something New: A Whole Lotta Bean Soup

(some say 15, some 16 - I'll say a whole lotta) 

Mr. McGoo and I gave this little slow cooker recipe a try last week... not too shabby, I liked it. Mr. McGoo liked it but said it was a bit on the bland side. I think it had something to do with us not using Italian turkey sausage but smoked turkey sausage instead. Next time we'll add a bit more seasoning to give it a little more taste and kick and use the suggested Italian sausage instead. I have half of this recipe in the freezer so I'll be sure to add more seasoning to that as it reheats before serving.


    * 1 package 16 Bean Soup - I grabbed a bag of 15bean soup
    * 3 bay leaves
    * 1 tablespoon crushed oregano
    * 2 cans no-fat chicken stock
    * Additional water to cover
    * 3 stalks celery chopped
    * 3 carrots diced
    * 1 large onion chopped
    * 3 cloves garlic sliced
    * 1 pound turkey Italian sausage sliced
    * 2 cans stewed (or diced) tomatoes

Combine first 5 ingredients (liquid should cover mixture 1 to 2 inches) in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until beans are tender. Add remaining ingredients and decrease temperature to low; cook for additional 3 to 4 hours. If desired, add cayenne or crushed red pepper when adding second set of ingredients. Serve as complete meal or over rice. Freezes well.


Frank Bryant said...

Beans and Mr. Mcgoo?

Mrs. McGoo said...

What can I say, I'm adventurous. ;)