Cajun red bean soup

Making beans takes time but we have to wait for every good thing, anyway. This red bean kidney soup has all the goodies one would need for a lovely meal.

As I currently have a little time, I was searching on the internet yesterday. Attempting to find new, stirring thoughts, inspiring dishes that I’ve never used before, to surprise my loved ones with. Hunting for a while yet couldn’t come across too many interesting things. Right before I wanted to give up on it, I found this delightful and easy dessert simply by luck over Suncakemom. It looked so tempting

on its photos, that called for instant action.

It was simple enough to imagine the way it’s created, its taste and how much my husband might want it. Mind you, it is extremely easy to keep happy him in terms of desserts. Anyway, I visited the site and simply used the step by step instuctions that had been accompanied by great photos of the procedure. It really makes life much easier. I could suppose it is a slight effort to shoot pics in the midst of cooking in the kitchen as you usually have gross hands so I seriously appreciate the time and energy she put in to make this blogpost .

That being said I’m empowered presenting my own, personal recipe in the same way. Many thanks for the idea.

I had been fine tuning the initial mixture create it for the taste of my loved ones. I must tell you it turned out an incredible success. They prized the flavour, the thickness and loved getting a treat such as this during a busy workweek. They ultimately wanted more, many more. Hence next time I’m not going to commit the same mistake. I am likely to multiply the volume to make them happy.

Original red bean stew is from suncakemom.

Dry beans needs to be soaked well before cooking. Generally it needs at least 12 hours of soaking but instructions are on the packaging for the particular types. Rinse the beans before placing them into a pot. Fill the pot with water and then add a teaspoon of salt to the soaking water. Put the lid on as to avoid any unwelcomed guest dying into our next day meal.

Slice up the pork belly or the bacon then fry it on medium heat until it loses most of its fat content. We can skip this step and use any kind of cooking oil or lard instead of making one.

Add the diced onion on top with a teaspoon of salt. Saute the onion until it gets a translucent/glassy look then add the diced carrot too. If there is time we can also caramelize a bit the onion and the carrot here by lowering the heat and frying and stirring it until it gets a light brownish color. This would take around 15-25 minutes. It gives a scent of sweet taste to the soup and a thicker texture at the end so it’s definitely worth it.

Add the chopped up or sliced garlic, black pepper and parsley then saute it for a minute or so until the garlic lets out it’s lovely scent. Mind not to burn it though as that will ruin the dish.

Add the meat or the bone and mix it together with the onion as much as possible.

Add the beans, paprika or cajun and the optional ham, chorizo spinach leaves and the tomato. Mind not the fry the paprika as it burns quickly and can ruin the dish. When the beans were washed before being soaked then we can use the soaking water for cooking as well otherwise it’s better the rinse them before pouring it into the cooking pot. It’s a bit tricky to know the right amount of water at first try so draining the soaking water into a measuring jug to know what amount we are using could be a good idea. Less water is never a problem though as we can always add more to it. Too much water could ruin the soup in a second by making it too thin in texture and flavor.

Add the parsnip or the Hamburg parsley root or both to the soup if available.

Put the lid on and cook it on slow heat for about an hour. After 50 minutes check by tasting if the beans are tender enough or still too tough.

When the beans are soft but still have some hard bits that means that it’s soon going to be ready. Add the carrots then bring the water to boil. From the boiling point cook it for 10 more minutes.

Serve it with a teaspoon of creame fraiche, sour cream or plain natural yogurt.

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