Soup — Dorothy’s Crazy Mixed Bean Soup

Easy Peasy, as the Kiwis like to say. If you begin with a Ham Hock (Bacon Hock), the cooking time is longer than if you begin with three large scrumptious, fresh, herby sausages. Use the greatest variety of the most flavorful canned beans you can find at the grocery store. Use beans of all sizes and colors. An example of the labels on the cans I have used recently:

Moroccan mixed beans
Maple baked beans
Italian white beans
Red kidney beans
Beans with Italian sauce
Chick Peas
Borlotti Beans
Southern Pit Barbeque Beans
Black Beans in Chili Sauce
Fagioli Bianchi di Spagna (White Beans from Spain)
Deep-Browned Beans with Pork and Molasses

What you are looking for is FLAVOR with not too much hot spice.

Makes roughly 5 litres of hearty soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (or two small) Ham Hocks,
    or 3 large, fresh, herby Sausages, cut into large chunks
  • 2 Tb Olive Oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 3 Tb Garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 litre of liquid low-salt Chicken Broth, if you are using the Sausages
  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Tb Pickapeppa Sauce
  • 5 or 6 cans of cooked, flavorful Beans, low-salt if possible
  • 1/2 cup multi-colored Lentils, uncooked — Green, Red and Yellow Lentils, or whatever you can find.

Instructions:

If you are using a Ham Hock:

  1. Put the Ham Hock Into a 6 liter Soup Pot and cover the Ham with water.
  2. Simmer for about 3 hours, until the meat is tender, but not mushy.
  3. Let cool. Remove the Ham Hock from the liquid.
  4. Strain the liquid and set aside.
  5. Remove the meat from the bone and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  6. Discard the bones and skin.
  7. Into a 6 liter Soup Pot, put the Oil, Onions and Garlic.
  8. Saute' over medium heat until the Onions are translucent. Do not burn the Garlic.
  9. Add the Ham Broth, canned Beans, canned Tomatoes, Pickapeppa Sauce and Lentils, and simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, until the Lentils are tender.
  10. Add the bite-sized pieces of Ham, and stir in to heat.
  11. Serve hot with cheese, crusty bread or crackers, and fresh fruit.

If you are using Sausages:

  1. Into a 6 liter Soup Pot, put the Oil, Onions, Garlic and cut-up Sausages.
  2. Saute' over medium heat until the Onions are translucent, and the Sausages are browning. Do not burn the Garlic.
  3. Add the Chicken Broth, canned Beans, canned Tomatoes, Pickapeppa Sauce and Lentils, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with cheese, crusty bread or crackers, and fresh fruit.

This soup keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer.

Enjoy!
Dorothy
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