Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Confederate Bean Soup

On a cold winter day, nothin' sounds better than a warm bowl of soup. Last Friday was one of those days in Virginia. I just had to have a great bowl of soup! While on my mission to find that perfect, filling, comforting recipe, I remembered seeing just the thing in my Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. So, I pulled out the book, thumbed through the pages and found just what I needed on page 25; Paula Deen's Confederate Bean Soup. It's simple, it's delicious and it's so satisfying. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Serves  4


1/2 pound Jennie-O Lean smoked TURKEY sausage, sliced in 1/4 inch thick rounds

2 slices Extra Lean Jennie-O TURKEY bacon, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 medium onion, diced

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 16 oz. can Vegetarian Fat Free Bush's Baked Beans

1-1/2 cup FAT FREE half-and-half

cooking spray


Sauté turkey sausage, turkey bacon, garlic, onion and green pepper in a sprayed pan until bacon is cooked. Add beans and simmer for a few minutes over medium to low heat.

Add the FAT FREE half-and-half. Adjust the amount of half-and-half to meet your preferred thickness. Serve with warm corn bread.


Something that I wasn't ready for was the sweet taste that hit me on that first spoonful. The sweetness of the baked beans comes through stronger than I had anticipated. It was something different, but in a good way.

The feedback from my husband was that the sausage was just "too much". He's right. It did make the soup a bit heavy, but if all you are eating for lunch or dinner is the soup (with a little corn bread on the side), then it's not bad. The sausage doesn't seem to dominate the flavor too much, therefore leaving it out would still probably produce a delicious soup. Pair it with a warm, grilled sandwich and you have yourself a meal. However you decide to make this soup, with or without the sausage, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 309.75 calories;  4.55g fat;  44.2g carbohydrate;  19.17g protein;  5.65g fiber


  1. My dad used to make something similar to this. I love sausage and beans!!

  2. This was my fathers favorite soup... takes me back 40 years, and I can smell the beans cooking!

  3. I love your blog and I love Paula Dean! Ooo! I will be visiting here often, I hope!

    God bless!

  4. Sausage too much... nah

    That shot before the cream was added is amazing.. and then i read the comment about too much sausage... nah, not for me

  5. I love me some Paula Deen cookin'! Can't wait to give some of these lean recipes a try!

  6. This is one of my husband and I's favorite and I am so excited to try this out even more lean then we make it. I love this blog. I told my husband someone out there is just like me! haha! thanks for a great blog!

  7. glad ya'll love racist shit without even questioning it. loooovvveee the American education system.... sarcasm.



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