Friday, January 8, 2010

Sausage Bean Chowder – Way Good Cold Weather Grub

Now that we’re through all of the big time holiday eating and associated leftovers and since it’s cold enough that the lake coves are freezing, it’s time for some stick to your ribs soup - so last night we made some. One of our favorites for these situations is sausage bean chowder from the following recipe – it came to us from a co-worker many years ago and we still make it several times each winter. It’s hard to believe anything this easy to make could be so good.


3 lb. Bulk sausage browned and drained
4 ea 1 lb. Cans kidney beans
2 ea 28 oz. Cans of diced tomatoes
4 cups water
3 med bay leaves
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ -teaspoon ground thyme (or 1 ½ tsp dried leaf)
2 medium onions chopped

Cover and cook for 1 to 1-1/2 hours on simmer

Taste and correct seasoning if necessary.

Add the following:

2-1/2 cups diced potatoes
1 green pepper diced

Cook another 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

Bev did the cooking today and made a recipe and a half to have some to share with friends and family and still have plenty of leftovers. It’s real basic so we didn’t take any pictures of the cooking process, but here's one of my FIRST bowl full.

If you like chili and don’t try this recipe, you’re missing out. If you decide to make it and kick it up a notch (which I know many of you good cooks are apt to do:), please let me know what you did.

We ended up with less than a half inch of snow, but still enough to close school and create a run on grocery stores yesterday - remember, this is the South and after living here for 40 years, this store behavior still cracks me up. Have a great one and try to stay warm where ever you are.



  1. so cold here now... so need this, but indeed I would kick this up a bit

  2. We got a bit more that that, but what really caused the problems for us is the ice build up on our very steep street. No one has been able to make it up since 3:30 yesterday.

    This sounds like a great soup. I was expecting sliced beef sausage when I saw the title but I really like the bulk sausage. I'll be giving this one a try out.

    Hey, did you once tell me that you know Ethan Becker? I was looking at JOC last night and was thinking you knew him for some reason.

  3. We ended up with closer to an inch and a half over on this end of Maryville. I haven't gone near a grocery store, though I'm sure the milk and bread shelves are empty. And even though I grew up here in the South, I still don't understand the store rush behavior. Maybe it's because I was raised by non-Southerners.

    I'm really looking forward to my quart of this soup. I need to try my hand at it sometime when I've got fellow soup-lovers around. And chances are that we'd kick it up a notch. :)

    Love you. Stay warm down there!


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