Find flageolets, tiny French kidney beans, in specialty food stores or online at www.indianharvest.com. For a nice presentation, garnish with thyme sprigs.
1 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/3 cup minced shallots
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups dried flageolets or other dried white beans, (about 1 pound)
2 cups water
1/4 cup minced fresh or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
Thyme sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan, and place in an electric slow cooker. Heat the oil in pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Sort and wash beans. Add beans, shallot mixture, water, and the remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 8 hours or until beans are tender.
This recipe has been retested for Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight, 2012
If you use another type of dried beans other than the flageolets, your cooking time will probably be closer to 6 hours instead of 8 hours.
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Horrible. I wish I'd read the reviews before I wasted my heirloom flageolets. The sausage was good (I used a beef sausage), but the beans were like little crunchy nuggets and all was burned to the sides of the crockpot. Eight hours is way too much time. Yuck.
I made this a little differently, but it turned out well. I used small red beans, HSF turkey kilbasa, a bit more celery seed and thyme, and Knorr chicken stock tub instead of broth. Took the full cooking time and was pretty good overall. No issues with meat texture, beans where still slightly firm after 7 hours, still some broth left. I am thinking this would be better with a white bean though so next time I will go that direction.
You must use a high quality sausage for this, and you must brown it thoroughly before adding to the crock. Also recommended is home made poultry stock, I've made this with both chicken and turkey and the mouth feel is incredible. I've made this multiple times, and I have also experienced the mushy sausage issue, but I just go with linguica and brown it as much as I can. I use dried herbs for convenience sake and it's still great. I also recommend throwing a generous handful of chopped parsley in at the end, or a chopped head of escarole a few minutes before serving. Kale would also work well too.
I definitely think calling this "soup" is an big overstatement. It's more like just beans & sausage. I cooked this for about 6 hours which was plenty of time... The sausage itself had no flavor at all.. The beans were alright but sorta mushy. Took some leftovers to work the next day & they were even worse. Will not attempt this recipe again.
Overall pretty blah, bland and boring. I agree with a previous poster that traditional franks and beans would have been better. That being said, I think this recipe has some potential - perhaps a more flavorful sausage, or additional herbs. But this isn't a recipe I'm in a hurry to try again.