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
  • 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
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in stock pot with shallot, garlic and carrots.
  2. When vegetables are tender (about five minutes), add chicken stock to the pot.
  3. Drain and rinse beans, then add to the pot.
  4. Add diced ham or summer sausage and gently stir.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, then bring mixture to a boil.
  6. Boil for two minutes, then reduce heat to low.
  7. Add maple syrup and heavy cream. Stir.
  8. Adjust seasonings as needed and add parsley, reserve some for garnish.
  9. 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!