Thursday, October 1, 2009

North Woods Bean Soup

It has sure gotten chilly this week. So I decided it was time to make soup!

I adapted this recipe from one in Cooking Light. I especially love this soup because it doesn't have any kind of thickener (like flour or cornstarch) - by pureeing some of the beans, the soup gets a nice texture, and you get more fiber!

This soup is also very appealing visually - the bright green spinach and orange carrots are a nice contrast to the broth.

First, mince the garlic, chop the carrots, onion and keilbasa. The recipe originally called for turkey keilbasa, but I just use low-fat polska keilbasa. I like to cut the meat especially small so there are lots of "meaty bites."

Heat a dutch oven or large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat, then add the onions, garlic, carrots and keilbasa.

Saute this for about 3-4 minutes, stirring ocassionally. Then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes.

While that's cooking, rinse and drain the beans,

and add the pepper and Italian seasoning to the broth.

Put about 1 cup each of the beans and broth into a blender and puree until smooth.

Add the remaining broth and beans to the pot; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the pureed mixture to the pot and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

Remove the soup from the heat and add the spinach.

Stir just until the spinach wilts.

Serve with crusty bread. What a great way to warm up on a fall evening!

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North Woods Bean Soup

1 cup chopped baby carrots
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. kielbasa, turkey or light, diced
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. pepper
2-15.8 oz. cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1-6 oz. bag fresh baby spinach leaves

Heat a dutch oven or large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium high heat. Add carrots, onion, garlic and kielbasa, saute 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, cook 5 minutes. Combine broth and pepper and Italian seasoning.

Add beans and broth to pot, reserving 1 cup each, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Place reserved beans and broth in a blender and puree until smooth. Add puree to pot and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add spinach, stirring just until spinach wilts. Serves 5.


  1. Are you really in the north woods? I am and can certainly vouch for the need of this soup these past few days. I think I'll make a pot tonight! Thanks for sharing.

  2. GREAT!!! soup using keilbasa. I think is would be good in any part of the woods. Geri

  3. I love that you make the soup thick with beans :) I bet my hubby would enjoy this! Thanks.

  4. Beautiful soup! Thanks for sharing. We sure have been having soup weather in Nebraska.


  5. Fantastic soup recipe... someting different... I'm adding it to my Fall menu. And thanks for posting the recipe at the bottom its easy to cut and past when its all together like that.

    Have a Super Saturday!
    ~Really Rainey

  6. YUM! Warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. This looks great... I can't wait to try it!

  8. Gorgeous. I love the added spinach. Hope to see you over at Momtrends.


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