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Quick And Hearty White Bean Soup

  • Yield: 10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • One-half cup chopped celery
  • One-half pound salt meat or ham pieces, chopped
  • One-half pound smoked sausage, cut crosswise into one-fourth inch slices
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 3 cans white beans
  • 3 cans water or chicken broth
  • 1 (10 and one-half-ounce) can diced tomatoes with chile peppers
  • Salt, black pepper, and cayenne to taste


  • 5{ in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, salt meat or ham, sausage and bacon, if using, and cook, stirring, for about five minutes, or until the onions are soft and golden.
  • Add the beans, water or chicken broth, and the tomatoes. Stir to blend. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne, but be aware that the salt meat, sausage, and bacon and the tomatoes are salty and peppery.
  • Skim off any oil that has risen to the surface then serve hot.