I love soup and I can be lazy. So it should come as no surprise how easy it is to make this soup. I had a bag of 16 bean mix and was craving something more texturally adventurous than split pea soup.
For a long time I avoided buying the 16 bean mix because it always say ham flavoring. Well it’s like raman noodles, the ham flavoring is in a sealed package and can easily be tossed out. I’m not so sure you would want powdered ham flavoring even if you did eat meat, but that may just be me.
If you have the time and/or patience, saute the onion, garlic and green pepper before you put it in the slow cooker. You can even do this as late as 1 hour before serving.
Slow Cooker Cajun 16 Bean Soup
- 1 package 16 bean mix (or 16 oz. your own mix of beans that you have on hand)
- 2 Bay leaves
- 6 – 8 cups Filtered water
- 1 heaping Tbl Better than Bouillon Not-Chicken Flavor
- 1 Tbl Cajun Seasoning Blend – no or low sodium if possible (make your own with these recipes)
- 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
- 1 tsp. Garlic Tabasco (It’ s not as hot as the regular one, so you can use more)
- 2 Large carrots cut into half moons
- 1 12 oz can Muir Glenn fire roasted crushed tomatoes (you can also use diced if you prefer)
- 2 Cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Onion, minced
- 1 Bell pepper, diced
The night before you want to have this for dinner, add first 3 ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on low over night.
You could also get all Martha Stewart and prepare the rest of the ingredients to add in the morning . If you do this, try to saute the last 3 ingredients. Add the rest of the ingridents into a bowl, cover and put in the fridge.
Wake up, smell the beans cooking, and remember that you have to add some more stuff so you can have dinner later. Empty your premade bowl of stuff into the slow cooker with the cooking beans. (Or prepare them now, and then add…)
Add more water if seems low, or you would like a thinner soup. Leave on low all day (8 – 12 hours). Eat with lightly toasted hunk of whole grain bread and congratulate yourself for eating so healthy!
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