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Easy and Hearty Kielbasa and 15 Bean Soup

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


With a mixture of beans and veggies plus a generous amount of smoky kielbasa sausage, this Kielbasa and 15-Bean Soup is one very comforting and flavor-packed soup.


Units Scale
  • 20 ounces mixed dried beans
  • Water for soaking the beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil (or other cooking oil or fat)
  • 1214 ounces fully-cooked kielbasa (or other smoked sausage), chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1415 ounce can diced tomatoes (or 1 pint home-canned tomatoes)
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 small green cabbage, shredded (optional ingredient)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 bay leaves


  1. Sort the beans, picking out and discarding any bad beans or debris. Rinse beans in a colander under running water, then place them in a large bowl. Cover the beans with water (a few inches above the level of the beans), cover the bowl with a lid or towel, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The following day, drain and rinse the beans and discard the soaking water.
  3. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and broth. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to a simmer and cover the pot, leaving the lid slightly ajar.
  5. Simmer for 1 ½ -2 hours, or until beans are just barely tender.
  6. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown the kielbasa in the oil until golden brown around the edges. Drain off any grease, and add kielbasa to the soup along with tomatoes, potato, cabbage (if using), dried thyme, cumin, and paprika. Add a little more broth or water if necessary.
  7. Simmer for 1 more hour, or until beans and vegetables are tender and the soup is thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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