February 07, 2010

Recipe of the week -- Hot Dog and Bean Soup

I'm not sure hot dogs and beans is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of soup, but as strange as the combo might sound, it is seriously good and super easy. This soup is a huge hit with the kids and they request it quite often.

I love recipes that you can change and customize depending on your mood and the contents of your cupboard. You can use whatever baked beans you have on hand and whatever hot dogs are lurking in your freezer. I have even once used some polish sausage grillers I had leftover from something.

From start to finish I can have this on the table in 20 minutes. That includes the chopping time for the veggies.

I would have loved to post a picture of this, but I just couldn't seem to get a good one. When done, the soup kind of just looks brown in the bowl. Really tasty, but visually boring. Dress it up with a nice salad on the side or some breadsticks.

Hot Dog and Bean Soup

1 small onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
4 hot dogs, sliced
1 can (28 oz.) baked beans
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth

In a medium pot, heat 1 tbls. oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery; cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add hot dogs; cook until lightly browned. Add baked beans and broth. Bring to a boil. Over medium-low heat, cook until vegetables are tender, 5-7 minutes.

That's it. That is how easy it is. I love making this on a chilly day as a light lunch.

We prefer Bush's Original baked beans, but you can use any flavor you like.

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