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A twofer of bean soup recipies | The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

Updated on November 16, 2009

Twofer Bean Soups

Here are a couple of tried and true bean soups that hit the spot on a cold fall day. I grew up in the Chicago area and Indian Summer is rapidly approaching, with it the turning of the leaves and soon the smell of them burning will waft through the air. I can’t think of better memories than coming in from the crisp fall air and having that mug of soup and crackers for dinner with maybe a grilled cheese sandwich.  We may not have had a lot when I was young but what we had was good..

Bean and Cheddar Soup

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 small Onion Chopped

1 Cn (28oz) Tomatoes

1 Cn (16oz) Beans in Tomato Sauce or Pork and Beans in your favorite variety sauce

1 (10 oz) pkg frozen Lima Beans

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

¼ tsp dried thyme leaves

¼ tsp salt

1 (15-19 oz) Can White Kidney Beans Drained

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (How much depends on How much you like Cheese)

1. In a 4qt Saucepan over medium heat , cook the onion in the oil till soft and tender

2. Add tomatoes with their liquid, beans in tomato sauce, frozen Limas, brown sugar, thyme, salt, and 1 cup water (if you want stew instead of soup add ¼ cup water), over high heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low cover and simmer approx 15 mins till Lima’s are tender.

3. Stir in White Kidney Beans; allow to heat through.

4. To serve ladle in to warm serving bowls or mugs, sprinkle with shredded cheddar to taste.

5. Stew Variation – Brown Ham, or bacon, or salt Pork, or Ham Hocks and put the whole concoction in a Crock-pot on low all day long with it covered. It should thicken throughout the day and depending how you like your stew you can add water to thin it a bit.

This recipe yields two quarts of soup (just enough for six kids and two adults with sandwiches)

The thing to remember here is Cheese is a rich mans treat and a poor mans meat, plenty of protein here for growing kids and adults.

Sausage Lentil Soup

1 ¼ Cup Dried Lentil Beans Rinsed

1 ½ Lbs Polish Sausage Sliced ¼ in slices

1 (6oz) can Tomato Paste (Contadina recommended)

3 ea lrg Potatoes peeled and cubed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 or 2 Carrots chopped

½ Cup Chopped Celery ( 3 trimmed stalks)

1 ½ tsp instant beef bouillon granules

¾ tsp dried thyme crushed

1/8 tsp pepper (Black, white or red depends on your taste)

  1. in a medium skillet brown the sausage slices till crispy edges appear.
  2. In a 3 quart saucepan w 5 cups of water bring the lentils to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins.
  3. In your Crock-pot combine all the ingredients and the lentils (including the water), and keep on low heat for 9 hrs or so. You can skim off the fat from the sausage if you’re worried about it but I just like to stir it back in before serving.

Yields about 6 cups

For stew variation drain off half the water from the lentils before combining in the crock-pot.

There you have a pair of hearty soups or stews depending on your inclination Bon Appetite!


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    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Trish do stop back and let us know how you liked them! Thanks and Do Enjoy...

    • trish1048 profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow, wow and wow! You've nailed it this time. I adore beans and one pot meals. These sound amazing, and I can't wait to try them.


    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Animal World -thanks for stopping by I am looking forward to your review!

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      Animal World 

      9 years ago

      The bean and chedder sounds good, My family could live on soup and sandwiches,..exspeacially in the fall and winter. This is a must try perhaps next weekend,..I'll let ya know how we liked it.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Being a "Damn Yankee" in Georgia I empathize though my bones don't miss the cold...Thanks and Enjoy!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love to make soups of all kinds and these sound good. Thanks for the recipes. What I miss most (living in Houston) are the beautiful fall colored leaves. We get some, but nothing like the people up north get to experience this time of year. The best part about Fall down here are the cooler temperatures after a long and hot summer.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      So Glad You Liked the Soup!!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      I just cooked the Bean and Cheddar Soup and it is delicious. I am going to serve it with a delicious whole grain roll. Thanks for dinner!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Chow down Gus and Enjoy! Thanks for coming by !

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hmrjmr1... Makes me hungry ! Gus

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Breakfastpop - Enjoy and thanks for stopping over. Have a great Day!

      Ken - Southwestern sounds great Have a great Fall Day!

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      9 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Hammer Jammer - Thanks for some great memories & good recipes. "I can’t think of better memories than coming in from the crisp fall air and having that mug of soup and crackers for dinner with maybe a grilled cheese sandwich."

      Same here. And coincidentally (if such a thing exists), this morning there are beans soaking in a pot in the kitchen in preparation to be transformed into a big pot of Southwestern Bean Soup for this rainy, but lovely autumn weekend.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub. I love soup and I can't wait to try these recipes. I just printed them and I am very grateful for the chance to try them. Thanks!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Enjoy my friend I know you'll like 'em. Thanks! Hope all is well with you and yours too..

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      Pamela Higgins 

      9 years ago

      Sounds great, John! I look forward to trying this.

      Hope all is well,



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