Super Easy Kielbasa Bean Soup

Jen Lobb Recipe

By Jen Lobb j3lobb

Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

My dad got this recipe from a friend YEARS ago and it's a staple in my home. It's so easy and can be made last minute on the stove or prepped early and cooked on low in a crockpot.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The subtle flavor of vinegar in the beans adds a special flavor note to this soup. What a wonderful soup for a cool winter night! Serve it with a nice salad or a warm slice of cornbread. Yum!


pkg kielbasa, smoked or polish sausage (if you want a healthier version, its fine to use turkey sausage-i do!)
medium onion, quartered and sliced thin
cans beans- any kind will do...a mix is even better (i like black eyed peas, small butter beans and either pinto or northern beans)
1 Tbsp
brown or spicy mustard
1/2 to 1 Tbsp
cider vinegar (to taste-to give it a little tang)
montreal steak seasoning...or salt,pepper and a little garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

slice sausage links in half lengthwise then cut into 1/2 inch chunks
slice onion as indicated in ingredient list
spray either crockpot or medium to large saucepan or soup pot with cooking spray; add sausage and onion
pour in the beans, liquid included; add vinegar and mustard- stir to combine (if this is too sour, you can add a tiny bit of sugar to take the edge off); stir in Montreal or other seasonings
add just a bit of water to make more 'stew' like but not like a brothy soup- just enough to separate the ingredients a little bit- DO NOT cover the mixture with water
turn crockpot on (low if you'll be gone all day, high if you need it in a couple hours) or cook on stove-once it gets to a boiling point, turn heat down and let simmer until flavors to taste
** if you prefer a thicker stock once its done cooking, add a bit of cornstarch/water or use Wondra/gravy flour to thicken....Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Collections: Soup's On!, Fall Favorites
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #beans, #kielbasa

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Jen Lobb j3lobb
Jul 9, 2015
Hi Heidi.

It's really "to taste" and I never measure... but I'd start like Tammy said with about 3/4 tsp- Montreal has coarse salt and between that, the beans and kielbasa, you don't want it too salty... I basically sprinkle a light layer over the top of the soup and stir it through and go from there.

I hope that helps... enjoy and good luck!
Tammy Todd ttodd4jesus
Jul 9, 2015
I used 3/4 tsp Heidi. Seemed to be perfect to me.
Heidi Gomez GOMEZHL
Jul 9, 2015
Approximately how much Montréal steak seasoning do you use?
Janie Zecher molliesmom
May 21, 2015
My husband just loves this soup. Easy, use whatever beans you have in the pantry and whip it up for lunch on a rainy day. The vinegar an mustard (my own that I make) really gives it the bit of kick, Fantastic
Amy Pierce Pearson AmyPearson
Feb 19, 2015
My family loved this! It was so easy, but very flavorful. I used andouille sausage and thought it was a great touch. A second time I used chicken sausage with spinach & mozzarella. Very good recipe!!