Lima Bean and Kielbasa Soup

Slice the sausage and chop the vegetables - your dinner will get ready in slow cooker till you come back home in the night.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 10 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
package (16 ounces) dried lima beans, sorted and rinsed
1
pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2
medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 cup)
2
medium stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 cup)
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
6
cups water
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Mix all ingredients except tomatoes in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Cover and cook on high heat setting 10 to 12 hours or until beans are tender.
  • 3 Stir in tomatoes.
  • 4 Cover and cook on high heat setting about 15 minutes or until hot.

Expert Tips

Kielbasa is a smoked sausage that is usually made of pork but sometimes has beef added. "Kielbasa," "kielbasy" or "Polish sausage" are all names for this flavorful sausage. Use turkey kielbasa for a lower-fat soup.

You can used other dried beans for the limas, such as great Northern, navy, kidney or cannellini beans, and the cooking time will not change. Or use 2 cups of mixed dried beans by mixing different beans together to add a variety of shapes and color to the soup.

This recipe makes a big batch. Enjoy a meal now and freeze the remaining soup for later. If you freeze it in an airtight container, it will keep up to a month. When your mouth is watering for kielbasa and bean soup, just thaw it in the refrigerator and heat it.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
215
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
650mg
650%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
),
Protein
12g
12%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 1 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.