Bean and Sausage Soup

Here’s a hearty soup, just right for still cold days.  My husband thought we needed to have this again.  You can use your home-canned or purchased canned beans and vegetables from your pantry, as I did.  Always nice to have another recipe to use your storage staples.   
If you use fresh potatoes, I wouldn’t peel them, just cube them.  I keep bacon and sausage on hand in my freezer, as well as chopped onion I freeze, so this wasn’t a recipe I had to go out and buy something to make.                

  2             slices  bacon
     1/2      c.  chopped onion
  1             c.  sliced carrots (can use canned carrots)
  1             c.  cubed peeled potato (can use 1/2 pint canned potatoes)
     1/4      c.  chopped fresh parsley
     1/2      tsp.  dried marjoram leaves (optional)
     1/4      tsp.  ground black pepper
  2             c.  water (use potato and/or carrot water for part of this if using canned vegetables)
  1 1/4      c.  thinly sliced sausage (8 ounces) -- Polish, Brats, Ring Bologna or your choice
  1             can  canned cut green beans -- (16 oz.) undrained
  1             can  canned Great Northern beans -- (16 oz.) undrained

In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Crumble bacon. Set aside. Sauté onion in reserved 1 tablespoon drippings until tender.
Add raw carrot*, raw potato*, parsley, marjoram, pepper and water. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add sausage, beans and reserved bacon. Heat thoroughly. 

*If using canned potatoes and/or carrots, add with the beans at the end.

Serves 6


  1. Looks wonderful. I'd like a bowl right now for breakfast. Was in the high 80's yesterday afternoon. Woke up in the 50's after a huge storm rolled thru south Mississippi.

    Happy Wednesday.

  2. this soup sounds wonderful, as the cold and wet continue here, and i usually have all those things on hand, too. according to the tv forecast, we're in for cold/rain/snow for another week or so. thanks for the recipe. --suz in ohio

    1. Well, we walked outside today (in jackets); but we may get snow this weekend too! Still soup weather.


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