This is an easy, flavorful soup that has lots of variations and I have made it a lot of way. Today I have made changes to the original recipe to make it more healthy but I wanted it to still be full of flavor. In the original recipe I used had a lot of salt in it and would make my salt intake over my limit per day. Therefore, I modified the recipe to have a soup with very little salt. The picture above shows the soup without the pasta and using one turkey leg. If may seem that with only one turkey leg you would not get enough protein but you will actually get 56% of your daily total. Beans are power packed with protein and fiber. Now look at the sodium it is only 2%. I was able to only eat 679 mg of the 1456 mg I am trying to limit for the day.
Est. Percent of Calories from:
1 package soup beans (see note)
2 quarts water.
1 ham bone and scraps ( if you use ham use low sodium) , or turkey leg or 1 1/2 pounds chuck roast
1 28-oz. can tomatoes- no salt or low salt, coarsely chopped or one can diced tomato and green chilies (RoTel)
1 large onion
2 celery stalks, cut into small slices
2 large carrots, peeling and sliced into rounds
1 teaspoon chili powder or 2 teaspoons mixed spices (thyme, savory, sage, oregano) Mrs. Dash original works good.
2 medium potatoes cut into bite size pieces
2 small sweet potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
Brown sugar to taste (I did not use)
1/4 pound pasta (not used but is a nice addition if whole wheat is used)
In a very large soup kettle, soak the beans overnight or use the quick method.
Add the meat and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered 2 hours. Add tomatoes and onion, chilies powder or herbs and the remaining ingredients, except the potatoes. Cook 1 hour longer. If the soup gets too thick add more water. Remove meat, chop it into bite size pieces. and return to soup. If you want to add the pasta cook in another pot according to package directions and then add to the soup. Serve.
Crockkpot Method: Put all the ingredients in a crockpot/slowcooker and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low. Take out of the pot and cook for 10 minutes on a stove. If you want to add the pasta cook in another pot according to package directions and then add to the soup. Serve.
1 pound of each bean
-white navy beans
-white lima beans
Mix the legumes and barley. Divide into 9 bags (2 cups). Add 1 dreid hot chili and seal. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.