French Market Soup

★★★★★ 5 Reviews
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By Dana Kruckenberg
from Riverside, CA

French market soup is hearty, meaty, full of flavor and versatile. It's perfect for Christmas Eve get-togethers with family! I also use it to meet all of my late mother's Southern "good luck" menu requirements for New Year's Day.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This soup is so good.  It cooked all day and made the house smell simply wonderful.  We all went back for seconds... In fact, my son and grandson both wanted to take it for lunch the next day!

serves 8-10
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 6 Hr
method Stove Top


  •   2 c
    15- bean dry bean mix
  •   1 Tbsp
  •   3 c
  •   1
    hamhock or meaty ham bone
  •   2
    bay leaves
  •   1 qt
  •   2
    chopped onions
  •   2
    garlic cloves
  •   6
    stalks chopped celery
  •   1 dash(es)
    cayenne pepper
  •   1 lb
    sliced turkey sausage
  •   4-5
    chicken thighs

How To Make

  • 1
    Wash dry bean mixture, cover with water, add salt and put to soak in a very large bowl overnight. Drain and add 3 c. water, hamhock, and bay leaves. Simmer covered 3 hours.
  • 2
    Add tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, celery. Add pinch cayenne. Simmer 1-1/2 hours uncovered.
  • 3
    Add smoked turkey sausage, chicken thighs. Cook until chicken falls off bones. Remove bones, return chicken to soup, season to taste, as needed, with some red chunky salsa, more salt, pepper, garlic powder, a squeeze of lime, etc. Enjoy! Reheats beautifully.