So, I got up early, as usual, and decided to clean out my fridge. I had made 3 quarts of turkey stock (and cooked some neck and thigh meat), the day before, and I soaked some beans, for chili, but I was too tired to do anything with the beans. I was so tired I had even considered throwing out the pre-soaked beans....but I knew at the very least I could cook them in the pressure cooker for 20-30 minutes, with just water, and use them another time.
But since I was in "clean out" mode, I took inventory of all of the veggies that had to be used up, added some barley, split peas, and lentils to the beans (red and white), and made a spicy soup with turkey stock, and turkey sausage, (hot and mild).
Spicy Soup with Sausage
Variety of beans 1 1/2 - 2 c. total (pre-soaked)
barley 1/4 c., split pea 1/2 c., lentils 1/2 c. (not soaked)
Saute in 1-2 tbl. oil, onion, celery, carrot, peppers (variety of red bell, jalapeno, Anaheim...whatever!), and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 5- 10 min, add garlic the last minute of cooking.
I add the spices next, just before I add in the liquid ingredients.....dried basil 1 tbl., oregano 1 tbl., thyme 1/2 tbl., 2 bay leaves.
Now the bean mixture, 1 can diced tomatoes (sm or lg), tomato paste (2 tbl.), 1 tbl sugar, a good splash of red vinegar (or balsamic), and water or stock to cover by 1-2 inches.
(You can add about 2 t. salt at this point, or season after cooking)
Bring to high pressure, cook for 25 min. letting the pressure come down naturally, OR bring to a boil on 5 quart pot, turn down heat and simmer partially covered for 2-2 1/2 hours. I added the cooked italian sausage at the end, because I had to go to the store and get it! (I made the soup @ 6am, before the markets opened!) I used turkey sausage because I was using the turkey stock I had made the day before, but you can use any ground meat, cooked sausage (chorizo, andouille) or no meat!
I have seen a "soup" bean mixture at the stores for about $2.79 lb., but beans only cost $.79-$.99 lb...ridiculous, since I have an assortment myself I just made my own!
I finished up the veggie "clean out", by shredding and chopping salad.....the end of cabbages, 1 carrot, green onions....bummer, I used all my jalapenos in the soup! Time for yoga, then the Farmers Market, and one last stop.....Whole Foods for sausage.
PS If I do this soup again, I will make it more "soupy" by adding a little more water or stock. That's part of what cooking is all about, making adjustments, first, by doing and then practicing....it's just cooking, lol!