Friday, November 2, 2012

Smoked Turkey 15 Bean Soup - Crockpot

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I don't know about you, but when we have inclement weather, or it's just dreary and downcast and "brrrrrr" chilly... well soups and stews come to mind for me.  There is nothing better than a big bowl of "goodness", always bring a smile to my face!
I wanted a flavorful bean soup that was lower in fat and sodium, but still rocked on the flavor-o-meter!

Insert "smoked turkey legs"!!  You don't have to attend a Renaissance festival to dig into these beauties.  Yes, it is true!  I do love holding on to a gigantic smoked turkey leg and just munching my way around a festival.  However, don't fear, you can find them at your local grocer.  Much easier than raiding the Renaissance fair smoker don't you think?  I concur!! *grin*
I love that the legs can be used in so many different ways too! 

Ready for this rock your world soup?  Here we go;

1pkg (16oz) 15 bean mix (discard seasoning packet)
1 large onion, chopped
1 -1/2 cups celery, chopped
1-1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 smoked turkey legs (intact)
1 15.6 can diced tomatoes undrained
1 tbsp chicken base or 3 chicken bouillon cubes
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1-2 quarts water
1-2 tbsp hot sauce (I used jalapeno tobasco for this recipe)

I usually prepare my vegetables the night before, so when I wake up in the morning I just toss everything into the crockpot, turn it on, and out the door I go.

Prepare you beans by picking through any debris and rinsing them. Add them to a pot and add about 1-1/2 quarts of water.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for approximately 5 minutes.  Turn off heat, cover and let soak overnight.
The next day, drain and rinse your beans thoroughly.

Add to crockpot along with your chopped veggies and parsley,  Now add all your seasonings including bay leaves, do not add the hot sauce.  Finally add in your undrained tomatoes.  Stir, so all the beans and vegetables have been coated with seasonings.  Lay your two smoked turkey legs ontop of your beans and add enough water so it reaches just below the rim of the crockpot.  Turn to low and cook for 8-10 hours.

When beans are cooked, remove smoked turkey legs onto a platter.  Let cool and shred removing all skin and bones. 

Taste beans for seasonings, correct with more salt if needed. 

Now... lets add in that delectable hot sauce!!  There is just something truly magical about the combination of "smoky and a bit of heat"!!  They go so very, very well together, thier true companions, they are!!  Now keep in mind, I love heat, but not "heat so hot" that I have to give the universal sign for choking.  When I mean "heat", I mean just enough of a kick to make you smile... oh yeah baby... "come to mama"!!  However, if you love heat... grab the bottle and indulge yourself, you have my blessing!!

Let's add back in the delicious shredded smoked turkey.  Look at this delightful smoked turkey goodness...

Let the soup come back up to temperature for just a few minutes and ladle into your favorite bowls.
Serve with amazing crusty bread (my FAVORITE), or your favorite crackers.

Take your first amazing spoonful... well and just go back for more!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi, this looks amazing! I think I will be doing this with leftovers from Thanksgiving. Thanks my friend!

  2. Oh your very welcome Teresa!! Totally comforting!! Love hearty soups!

  3. YuummmmmO Didi!! I cant wait to go find myself some smoked turkey legs... looks like a little bit of heaven to me! :)

    1. Thank you Kim, it's very good!! This makes a lot and I froze some for a later dinner over say noodles or rice.

  4. Is there anything left for me or it's gone? Looks super delicious and hearty!!

    1. Katerina it was literally delicious!! We had leftovers, so I served it two days later over yolk free egg noodles.

  5. This looks like the perfect soup for the winter! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up's being featured today :)


    2. Lisa, just perfect for winter!!!
      Thank you south for the feature!!!!

    3. That should be "so much", darn phone!!!

  6. Wow, that soup sounds mouth watering good! Beautiful pics and love those smoked turkey legs in the soup. It has to add such wonderful flavors too.

    1. Thank Kim! The smoked turkey legs are now one of my ultimate favorites!!! Low ineberything with outstanding flavor!!!

  7. Where i can buy that Smoked Turkey drumsticks?

    1. Hello Chops Chicago Steakhouse. I buy the smoked turkey legs at my local grocery store where the "smoked ham hocks" are. They are usually off to the side in a separate section near the meats. I hope that helps and welcome!