*Five Layer Bean Soup*


Fiber, fiber, fiber! If you have not been getting enough fiber, this is the cure. My boyfriend invented this soup, which consists of 5 different kinds of beans. Being the health nut that he is, I was looking forward to his concoction. The smell alone made my mouth water. This is one of the best bean soups I have ever tasted! He added sausage to the soup, which brought a distinct flavor mixed in with the beans. Not only is this soup very filling, there will be enough leftovers for days. Feel free to add your own ingredients. Sour cream, cornbread, wanton chips, or any equivalent that would work with chili, can be added. This is an easy, quick, cheap and healthy soup recipe that will leave you asking for, “more beans please!”


The ingredients!



 Mashed up sausage with minced onion, heating in the skillet

 Heat all ingredients in pot and bring to a boil



  • 1 pound turkey sausage (we used Jennie-O brand) or italian sausage
  • 3/4 cup lentils (dried)
  • 3/4 cup split peas (dried)
  • 3/4 cup chickpeas / garbanzos (dried)
  • 3/4 cup pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • salt (at your discretion)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • black pepper (at your discretion)
  • seasoned salt (at your discretion)
  • creole seasoning (at your discretion)
  • garlic powder (at your discretion)
  • chili powder (at your discretion)
  • minced onion (at your discretion)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups of water (this seems like a lot before the beans are fully cooked…it isn’t)

How To Make:

  1. Pre-cook the italian / turkey sausage in a large skillet until fully cooked.
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients (the 5 types of beans / lentils / peas along with the 8 cups of water, chicken broth, sausage, and the spices) in a large cooking pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, turn the heat back down so that the soup remains at a simmer and let it simmer for a minimum of 3 hours (4 to 5 hours is even better for the best possible ingredient mixture); stir occasionally and VIOLA!
  4. You have some wonderful HIGH fiber bean soup (it turns out very similar to chili if you decrease the amount of cups of water…so use generously…not that chili is a bad thing: it turns out great either way).
  5. Enjoy!


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