An easy, delicious and hearty bean soup, with a paprika-spiced broth, vegetables and kielbasa sausage.
7ozkielbasa sausagesliced, halved or quartered (200g)
1/4cupcelerydiced or sliced
1/2cupcarrotfinely sliced and halved or quartered
2Tbspall purpose flouroptional *see Note 1
2 tomatoesquartered *see Note 2
4cupschicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2Tbspsweet paprikapreferably Hungarian
1tspsmoked paprika*see Note 3
18ozcan red kidney beansrinsed (540ml)
18ozcan white kidney beansrinsed (540ml)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Additional chopped fresh parsley
Dollop of sour creamoptional
Add sliced and halved or quartered kielbasa sausage to a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, until browned in spots. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots to the pot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add flour to the pot, if using and cook stirring, about 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, 1/2 of the chopped parsley, sweet and. smoked paprika and bay leaf to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer 10 minutes.
Using a potato masher, smash the tomatoes to break up. Add the rinsed kidney beans and stir in. Simmer 10 minutes more. Remove bay leaf and discard. Add kielbasa sausage and the remaining chopped parsley. Stir in and allow to cook a few minutes to warm through.
Taste soup and add salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed. If soup tastes "flat" at all, it needs more salt.
Serve warm, garnished with more freshly chopped parsley and a dollop of sour cream on top, if you like.
1. A bit of flour is added to give a tiny bit of thickness to the broth. If you'd prefer to omit for a gluten-free soup, you can do so.2. If you don't have fresh tomatoes on hand, you can use a couple of whole, canned tomatoes instead.3. If you don't have smoked paprika, add an extra 1 tsp of sweet paprika.Be sure to read the Ingredient and Cook's Notes above the Recipe Card for more tips on making this recipe. You will also find step-by-step photos there, as well, for a visual summary of the steps to make this soup.