Slow Cooker Cajun 15-Bean Soup with Andouille, Ham and Bacon is hearty comfort food that’s easy and perfect for a winter night!
I am really getting into using my slow cooker! Because it’s just the two of us, I don’t bring them out too often because the size of slow cookers I own are too large for two servings. Therefore, I often wait to use them until we have a party.
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Now onto this hot, spicy, hearty and delicious slow cooker Cajun soup!
I don’t find myself with a bag of 15-bean mix in my pantry very often. Especially one where I had no idea where it came from! Actually, I think my mother-in-law was the culprit during her Easter visit, possibly intending to make soup with the bone from our Easter ham.
Because we’re talking about saving money, every so often I go through our pantry and look for things that don’t get used in our normal meal rotation like rice or canned tomatoes do. Some things tend to get overlooked or pushed back and by the time you get to them, they’re out-of-date and have to be thrown out.
I found the bag of 15-bean mix and this Slow Cooker Cajun 15-Bean Soup with Andouille, Ham and Bacon was born!
When cooking with dried beans, you have to be careful so they don’t come into contact with salt or acid. They will not soften up and hard beans are simply awful!
If you have the time, soak the beans in cold water overnight in the refrigerator. If you’re like me and sometimes poor at planning, you can do a “quick soak.” Simply bring a small pot of water to a boil, add the beans, turn off the heat, cover and let stand for an hour. Drain and you’re ready to roll!
Because I don’t want salt or acid to come in contact with the beans, I use water or an unsalted chicken broth and add roasted chicken base later for flavor and depth. Likewise, I add the Cajun seasoning (most blends contain salt), tomatoes and meats (because they’re salty, too) after the beans have softened up. There’s still plenty of time for the flavor to develop. And, if you make this a day ahead of time, the flavor will develop from sitting.
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Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 566 Total Fat 8g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium 1400mg Carbohydrates 89g Fiber 24g Sugar 7g Protein 39g