15 bean Cajun Soup is a delicious slightly spicy recipe that really is almost effortless utilizing a fast cook method with Hurst’s® 15 Bean Soup, a homemade Roux, Andouille Sausage, onions, carrots, celery, minced garlic, diced tomatoes with chilies, hot sauce and Cajun seasoning served over white rice.
The other day I was shopping at the market in the bean aisle for dried beans and came across a bag of Hurst’s® 15 Bean Soup next to the beans of course I thought hmm, technically it’s just dried beans with a seasoning packet– I flipped over the package and noticed a recipe on the back of the package … I thought their recipe was a good baseline recipe, however, changes needed to be made… I decided to make my purchase of Hurst’s® 15 Bean Soup for only $2.35 cents and grab the other ingredients necessary for making it suitable to my own taste.
Now the first thing I decided to do was to get rid of that seasoning packet… I was after the beans… I could use my own favorite Cajun seasoning…also there were not many goodies involved in this recipe it was super basic – I’ll fix. I don’t care for ham so much that was the next ingredient to get tossed out of the basic recipe… I have some Andouille Sausage that’s begging to be added instead to other must-have ingredients.
Be sure to check out the “Cajun 15 Bean Soup” that inspired the recipe below today.
15 Bean Cajun Soup
- 1 Package of Hurst’s® 15 Bean Soup
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- 3 cups of chicken broth
- 4 cups of water
- 1 pound of Andouille sausage or smoked sausage, sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 of a cup of diced carrots
- 1/2 of a cup of diced celery
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1- (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes with chilies
- 1 tablespoon of hot sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt, or to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Juice of 1 lemon
- cooked white rice, to serve with
- green scallions, garnish
Now we are going to toss out the misconception that soaking beans “overnight” is the best method- I don’t know about you I don’t have time for an 8 hour soak of beans, why would I wait 8 hours or more to soak beans when I can have the recipe ready for 1 hour? Actually, why would you either? Chuck that notion out the window.
Directions for fast bean soak
- Be sure to wash and sort your beans before soak to remove debris or bad beans.
- To quick cook beans simply put the beans in salted water- use about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt (water should be 1 inch above dried beans) in a saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring the dried beans to a full boil. Allow them to boil for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan or Dutch oven from the heat, cover it with a tight-fitting lid and let the beans soak for at least 1 hour.
- Drain beans in a colander and thoroughly rinse beans.
Directions for 15 Bean Cajun Soup
- Place cooked beans a large saucepan or Dutch oven, then add 3 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water bring to a full boil then reduce heat to low-medium heat and simmer 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Roux: In a skillet melt 3 tablespoons of butter, once melted sprinkle 3 tablespoons of flour into the melted butter. Cook gently moving around mixture to combine and lightly brown to a light amber color (careful not to over brown roux) reserve till needed.
- Once done simmering for 1 hour and 40 minutes add roux from above, 1 pound of sliced Andouille sausage, chopped onion, diced carrots, diced celery, minced garlic, 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilies, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning, dried thyme, kosher salt, and pepper, add juice of one lemon – simmer 45 minutes.
- Serve over white rice in a bowl and garnished with scallions.
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