I keep checking my recipe archives to see if I have shared this soup recipe with you.
I can't believe it's not there.
I received a bag of dry beans and this recipe from a lady that went to my church in college. The year I graduated, there were four of us girls from the church who were getting married that summer, so the church hosted a shower for all of us. The ladies of the church (and the college girls) filled a laundry basket full of wonderful recipes and kitchen utensils for each one of us. (I still have the laundry basket too!)
This recipe has proved to be a family favorite...I make it at least twice a month throughout the winter months...and it makes such a large quantity that you can either freeze half for another meal, or eat soup for lunch all week. It is excellent with fresh bread and a salad.
French Market Stew
Bean Mix, dry (any brand with 12-15 bean varieties is fine)
2 Tbsp. salt
4 bay leaves
1 tsp. thyme
1 quart canned whole tomatoes
7-8 chicken thighs
2 large onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lb. smoked sausage, cooked and sliced bite-sized
1. Wash bean mix and drain. Place beans in a 5 quart dutch oven and cover with water and 2 Tbsp. salt. Soak overnight.
2. Drain and add 3 quarts of water, hamhocks, bay leaves, and thyme. Simmer covered for 3 hours.
3. Add tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, sauce, and red pepper flakes. Simmer 90 minutes uncovered.
4. Add chicken and sausage. Simmer until chicken is tender, 30-40 minutes.
What is your favorite winter soup?