I love soup and I also love beans. But soup with beans? Perfection. In the case of this soup, I used a mix of 15 beans (because I couldn’t choose just one kind!) and added some veggies and a bit of smoky kielbasa. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this soup – frugal, filling, and oh-so-tasty. On a cold winter day, a steamy bowl of this Kielbasa and 15 Bean Soup really hits the spot.
And although I used a particular brand of dried beans that happened to have 15 different kinds of beans, you can use any mixture you like. Some brands may have 12 beans, or 16 beans, or some other amount – any mix will work just fine. If you can’t find mixed dried beans (they are often labeled as “soup beans”), dried navy beans or great northern beans would be great, too.
Another thing I love about this soup – it freezes beautifully. Actually, it’s the kind of soup that is even better when reheated. When I make a batch, I typically serve half for dinner and then freeze the other half to eat later. Or sometimes I just load the leftovers into a thermos and send it as a packed lunch during the week.
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