Wednesday, December 14, 2011

15 Bean Soup

This soup is is so hearty, but it's not just your average 15 Bean Soup! I have a secret ingredient that kicks it way up! It's something most people usually throw out but it adds SO much flavor to this soup...and others.

-3/4 cup barley
-1 pkg 15 bean mix- throw out the flavor pack, you won't need it!
-1 large onion, chopped
-2 stalks of celery, chopped
-2 bay leaves
-1/4 t rosemary
-several twists of fresh ground black pepper
-12 to 16 oz sliced polish sausage (optional)
-2 cups of leftover ham broth*

(*The ham broth is the secret! When you cook hams for the holidays, ALWAYS keep your broth!)

Cover and soak your beans and barley overnight in water with 2 T lemon juice. Drain, rinse, and drain again.
Dump them in large soup pot with 4 quarts of water, 2 cups ham broth, onions, celery, pepper, bay leaves, and any other seasonings that you might like.(The liquid will cook down.) Simmer, covered, for approx. 2 hours and add sliced polish sausage if desired and simmer another 30 minutes or so, until beans are tender.
This post is linked to The Ultimate Beans and Rice Recipe List


Joy said...

YUM will be trying this soon!

Donna said...

I can't wait to cook my Christmas ham for more broth for this. My family loves this soup! Hope yours does too!!!