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Hearty 15 Bean Gourmet Sausage Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 12 ounce packages of Hillshire Farm Gourmet Sausage Beef & Bacon
  • 1 20 ounce package of dry 15 bean soup
  • 1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies mild or hot depending on your heat preference
  • 1 cup of your favorite rice. I chose Mahatma Jasmine Rice.
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 clove of diced garlic optional
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Look through your beans and remove any rocks or bad beans.
  • In large bowl, cover beans with water and soak 8 hours or overnight. You CAN skip this step but it helps them cook a little quicker. I did NOT soak mine this time and it was ready in about 4 1/2 – 5 hours cooked on high.
  • Rinse beans very well under cold, running water.
  • Chop your onion and garlic and place in your slow cooker/Crock Pot.
  • Add your beans and cover with water.
  • Do not salt or pepper at this time. I usually let my beans cook about 2 hours before adding any salt or pepper, especially when I haven’t soaked them beforehand.
  • If cooking on high heat, check beans after about 4 hours. If done or near done, slice sausage and add to beans.
  • Drain tomatoes and green chilies well and add to beans and sausage.
  • Cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Your sausage is precooked but you want the flavors to infuse the beans really well without overcooking your meat. I found 30 minutes worked really well.
  • Cook one cup of rice according to your package directions, then add to soup.
  • Stir well, serve and enjoy!