Red Bean Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced bacon
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 tbsp minced garlic
4 bay leaves
6 oz sliced andouille sausage
1 small smoked ham hock (5-6oz)
2 cups dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight
1 tsp Creole seasoning
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 quarts chicken stock
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain white rice, warm
6 tbsp chopped green onions
Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add the bacon
and saute for 2 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic,
bay leaves, andouille, and ham hock and cook, stirring, for 2
Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the Creole seasoning,
Worcestershire sauce, and the stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce
the heat to medium and cook for 1 hour, stirring occaisionally.
Add the salt, cover the pot, and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off
the heat and allow the pot to sit, covered, for about 20 minutes.
Discard the ham hock.
To serve, ladle a generous cup of the soup into each of 6 bowls.
Top each serving with 1/4 cup rice and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon
of the green onions.
Makes 7 cups, 6 hearty first-course servings.