I have a confession to make: I do not like beans. Oh, I can hear you all now – “Hey how can you make a 5 bean soup if you don’t even like beans? You’re a phony!” Yes, yes, I know, that seems kind of crazy, but Cody is to blame for this one! He wanted to recreate a bean soup he made years ago since we first started blogging about our home cooking adventures, and there just came a point where I could no longer avoid it.
But hey, don’t let my initial lack of enthusiasm scare you off. After meticulous taste testing and additions of this and that, we finally, according to Mr Cody “Beans” Woodworth, perfected a 5 bean soup. Zellie once said that Cody is made of beans and he bleeds Sriracha, and I fully endorse that. So, we can trust Mr Beans to know a good bean soup if he tastes one! And believe it or not, he may or may not have convinced me that bean soup is a pretty tasty thing.
Our 5 bean soup contains smoked sausage, bacon (yyyuummmm), fire roasted tomatoes, 5 types of beans (if you count split peas as beans…which we do…oops), onion and spices! It’s truly simple and easy and really worth it if you’re craving a soup that is filling and tastes great.
Everything, apart from the smoked sausage, gets tossed into a pot, and is pretty much left alone to do its own thing. If you don’t mind more hands-on time, you could go ahead and crisp up the bacon and the sliced sausage, but it’s entirely optional. It will taste great all the same. So, it all boils together for about 45 minutes, which leaves your hands free to do whatever you like. I’m going to use this time to give an update!
So, after making that promise of posting every Monday until I get back to the USA just two weeks ago and then breaking it the very next Monday, you might wonder what we’ve been up to? Or not. But for those that did wonder – Cody came to visit me in my homeland for two weeks and we didn’t have time to post like we thought we would. We went to the Pongola River for a weekend, drove through Swaziland, spent a day at the Kruger National Park where we got extremely lucky and saw the Big 5! We ended off the trip with a flight to Cape Town where the highlight was being front row at Mumford and Sons’ first show of their first South African tour. (Check out Cody’s post about the trip here -> The Mind Trekker)
How did we get front row you might ask? Since concerts in SA are always general admission, we had to camp out for hours and survive a “front row stampede” as soon as the gates opened. Luckily, Zellie and I have successfully made the front row at 98% of concerts we’ve ever attended, and since this one was her favorite band playing on her BIRTHDAY, we used every ounce of experience we had and a whole lot of swift weaseling to nab a spot right in front of Marcus Mumford’s microphone. There was a lot of stress, sweat and tears, but it was all worth it in the end. Enjoy this picture (by Nadine Aucamp) of us waiting for the show to begin…
Well, enough life stuff. Let’s check in on the soup! Which should by now be a thick bubbly delicious mess…Yasss!
As a final attempt to convince you to try this soup out yourself, I need to mention that while I’ve been back in South Africa and Cody having our apartment all to himself, you’d naturally assume he’d be grasping the opportunity to live off junk food. Yes? No. He actually called me a few weeks ago and asked for the notes on our 5 bean soup. Yep, he actually cooked this for himself and that’s all the evidence you need to know how yum this is. See you next Monday! Happy Cooking!