Red Bean Soup

  • Yield: 18 servings


2pounds dried red beans
1cup (2 sticks) butter
4ounces andouille sausage or smoke sausage
2 meaty ham hocks, or 4 ounces chopped ham
2cups chopped celery
2cups chopped onion
2cups chopped green bell pepper
2tablespoons chopped garlic
1tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
4 bay leaves
2tablespoons Creole seasoning
2gallons chicken stock or canned chicken broth
1cup (2 sticks) butter, chilled, chopped


  1. Sort and rinse the dried beans. Combine the beans with enough water in a large bowl and soak for 8 hours or longer; drain.
  2. Melt the 1 cup butter in a large saucepot and add the sausage and ham hocks. Cook until brown on all sides.
  3. Add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and Creole seasoning. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the red beans and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until the beans are tender. Remove the ham hocks and discard the bay leaves.
  5. Cool the ham hocks enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones and add to the soup.
  6. Puree the soup in batches in a food processor and return to the saucepot.
  7. Simmer over low heat until thick enough to coat the spoon.
  8. Whisk in the chopped butter a few pieces at a time to thicken the soup and enhance the flavor.
  9. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.