French Market Soup

This was a fun soup to make with all of the different beans and peas (13 different kinds – see Soup Mix)  I made up the soup mix and gave the beans to family and friends with this recipe.  Now you can buy soup mixes already made up but I still like to make up my own.

French Market Soup

  • 2 cups of soup mix
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 bouquet garni bag (parsley, thyme, bay leaf)
  • 1 quart tomatoes, canned
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

Wash and drain the beans and peas.  Combine next 4 ingredients with the beans and simmer covered for 3 hours.

Add next 4 ingredients and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours, or until creamy.

Finally add sausage and chicken and simmer 40 minutes.  This soup is best made the day before where all of the flavors have a chance to blend well.

If you have a big vegetable garden it is fun to provide the bouquet garni, along with a quart of canned tomatoes, in addition to the beans and peas.  This was how I got started.  Amazing how many different recipes you can use to share the bounty of your garden!

Serves 10 to 12

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju  

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