Snow Day Bean Soup

Homemade bean soup
It snowed. The power went out. Everyone was ravenous. I made a delicious bean soup. The end. Actually, there was more to the story … … but those are the delicious parts! I used diced summer sausage in this soup because that’s what we had on hand, but you could also use ham. We also had a very stale French baguette, so I broke it into large bits and put them in the bowl, then ladled the soup over the top … and it was very, very good. Enjoy!


Snow Day Bean Soup

Author - Jennifer Kiko


  • 2 - 32 oz. boxes unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 cans navy beans
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1-2 cups diced ham or summer sausage
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh parsley chopped (about 2-4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in stock pot with shallot, garlic and carrots.
  • When vegetables are tender (about five minutes), add chicken stock to the pot.
  • Drain and rinse beans, then add to the pot.
  • Add diced ham or summer sausage and gently stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then bring mixture to a boil.
  • Boil for two minutes, then reduce heat to low.
  • Add maple syrup and heavy cream. Stir.
  • Adjust seasonings as needed and add parsley, reserve some for garnish.
  • Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!



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    tracy b November 18, 2014 (11:22 am)

    I just love your site….I check it every morning. You have great pictures and oh so delicious recipes. Thank you for sharing everything with us. I hope you have a very blessed day and a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Jennifer Kiko November 18, 2014 (1:04 pm)

      Tracy, thank you so very much! I am deeply humbled by your kind words. You bless my heart! 🙂 I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, too. And I hope you have a blessed Christmas season as well!