Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kielbasa Soup

I love Trader Joe's (except when they randomly stop selling my fave snacks). Anyway, I love that place, but I can't always come up with enough parts of a meal to make a whole dinner. Mostly because I live a low-carb lifestyle and though they carry excellent chicken and nitrate-free sausages, I have never had too much luck with their veggies. There have been, let's say, freshness issues coupled with the difficulty of buying for two when everything seems to come in bags of eight or more. Eight or more vegetables on the verge of compost.

So, having said all that, here is the soup recipe I came up with that uses mostly Trader Joe's ingredients: (oh, and apologies if you are a vegetarian, probably wanna skip this one)

2 boxes organic free range chicken broth
1 1 lb package nitrate-free kielbasa
1 small onion (I like to use the sweet ones), chopped
1 or 2 organic carrots, coined
1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 bag Trader Joe's 17 bean and barley mix
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
pat of butter (because in my world fat isn't evil!)
Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute

Now If I was making this in a stock pot on the stove, I would soak the beans ahead of time, brown the onion and celery in butter and olive oil, then brown the kielbasa before adding all the other ingredients. But I have been making this in my crockpot lately and that really just involves throwing everything in the pot, putting it on low at 10 am and eating it piping hot and well cooked at 6 pm, yeah! (Thanks to Rosie and Geoff for the ability to time shift dinner cooking!!) This also allows me to come home and give Chester credit for cooking me dinner. Yes I talk to my cat. Yes I ask him if he made us dinner.

Be sure to rinse your beans, but no need to soak ahead!

Chop chop choppity chop

Here's the trick my mom showed me for getting the box of broth to pour easily, stab it at the other end to release the air! (This is only a good idea, of course, if you are using the whole box.)

Put it all together in the crock pot, set to low and cover!

This feeds us both for two days and sometimes one lunch! I like to toast low-carb bread and slather it with butter and garlic for the side, mmm...


  1. Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart move over -- there's a new cooking queen in the house. Looks yummy.

  2. Yummmmmmmmmm. I am going to try this.

  3. How well you explain it. How delightful to read your recipe and see the beautiful photos.

    This is such a delicious dish.
    You told me about the nitrate free kielbasa and the great package of dried beans, and suggested I try the recipe. Your father and I are very grateful. So now it is on your blog! That is a gift to the whole world.

  4. Thanks!! I hope you all enjoy it if you try it, hope I didn't leave anything out, LOL :)

    Mom, I think you told ME about the sausage! Hahaha, I can never remember :)

  5. Trust me. It's good stuff.

  6. This looks sooo good. I love keilbasa soup. I'll have to try this recipe!!

  7. I am going to try this! It looks delicious and my hubby is a kielbasa freak!
    Thanks so much for the recipe. Yummy!

  8. Sounds yummy!

    Here in Las Vegas, Trader Joe's has some of the freshest vegetables available, which isn't saying much some days. The regular stores are nasty! The poor quality produce is definitely one thing I will not miss about living in the desert.