Thursday, January 12, 2012

North Woods Bean Soup

It's finally turning cold here in the North, (although I'm perfectly happy with the warmer than normal temperatures, for the record!) so it's a good time to make soup. This one is healthy, delicious, and colorful. Full of carrots, spinach and kielbasa, the colors really pop. And it's thickened with beans, for even more nutrition!

What a great way to warm up on a cold evening.

This is a recipe repeat. For full step by step instructions, visit the original post.

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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.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Cooking Light


  1. Hi Sara,
    You are really going to keep us warm with your wonderful North Woods Bean Soup. There is nothing better on a cold winters day than a great bowl of soup, this looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. It's old and blustery here. This would be a great January meal. Thanks so much for sharing on FridayFood over at Momtrends.

  3. Nothing soothes the soul more than a heartwarming bowl of soup! Mmmmm.

  4. The snow and cold has finally reached us, too, and I'm all about soups now. This one looks perfect for a wintery day.

  5. Oh, I love soup! Thanks for linking this recipe to Food on Fridays, Sara, so I can have it on hand. I like the idea of pureeing some of the beans to thicken. And the spinach? Brilliant!


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