Sausage Rice and Bean Soup

P1030031It snowed here on Sunday- almost 6 inches. That’s quite a big snow for us around here…and in the middle of March! Ack!

Monday was still slushy and cold, and nothing seems to fit better on days like that, then a good soup to warm thing up! So, last night we enjoyed this soup that is hearty, healthy, and tasty!

We recently had our pig butchered, and so I am now stocked with pork- including a lot of sausage! So, sausage was a key ingredient in this soup. (See my note at the bottom of this post about a sausage caution!) Also included was whole grain brown rice, tender beans (great source of iron and fiber) that were cooked in the crock pot- not from a can (So easy!), and fresh chopped tomatoes. Chicken stock is used as the broth. I like to keep extra homemade chicken stock in the freezer for recipes like this. And then celery, onion, and garlic tie it all together with wonderful savory flavors- not to mention a lot of nutrition!

What a great way to have your comfort food and be healthy, too!

  • 1 cup dry beans (I used a combination of pinto and white)
  • Water (for the beans)
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups prepared brown rice (I used my Baked Brown Rice)
  • 4 cups chicken stock- (homemade, preferable!)
  • 2 cups water

Early on in the day, start the beans.

Rinse them and add to a crock pot. Cover with water (I add enough water to cover them with several inches of water)

Sprinkle with plenty of kosher salt and ground pepper. (Sorry- i did not measure- oops! I would say approximately 2-3 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper)

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Cook on high for about 6 hours- or on low for longer

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Ahead of time, you also need to prepare rice. (or this would be a great way to use up left-over rice)

When you are ready to start the soup, begin by browning the sausage.

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Add 1/3 cup water to the sausage as it browns so that it doesn’t burn.

While the sausage is browning, you can start preparing the veggies.

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Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds. Then chop the tomato into small dices.

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Chop the celery, onions, and garlic. You can combine all of this in a little bowl until you are ready to use it. (If I had a green pepper on hand- I would have included that, too!)

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Now, once the sausage is browned all the way through, Drain and set aside.

Wipe some of the sausage drippings out of the pan and pour in 2 Tbs. olive oil.

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Add the chopped veggies. Saute these for just a few minutes on medium heat. Stir frequently so the garlic does not burn.

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Now sprinkle the 1/4 cup flour over the veggies. (this will help the broth to thicken a little)

Stir to fully incorporate the flour.

Pour in the 4 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of water. Stir all of this (I use a whisk) until the flour mixtures dissolves into the liquid.

Add the sausage back in.

Add the beans- about 2 cups

Allow all of this to simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add in the (already-cooked) brown rice- between 1 1/2 and 2 cups. (Note: I don’t add the rice in until closer to the end, so that it does not absorb all my liquid)

Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper.

Allow to simmer for another few minutes.

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We like to serve this with some freshly grated cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top. (use whatever cheese you like)

You will probably have some left-over rice and/or beans that you don’t need for the soup, so refrigerate them to use for lunch or another small meal!

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**NOTE: I just wanted to make a note about sausage. Be careful when buying sausage in the grocery store. Did you know most of the sausage you can buy includes preservatives and flavorings like Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)- which can cause multiple symptoms- like headaches. It’s a controversial ingredient. (I need to do more research on it- but know that it is something I would rather avoid!) So- be careful to read the ingredients label. You can buy plain ground pork and learn how to season it yourself, or find some ‘clean’ sausage that you can buy.

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