This soup features turkey kielbasa, spinach, carrots, and hearty Great Northern beans. Serve it with tangy apple coleslaw and slices of hearty bread. (Serves 5)

North Woods Bean Soup

December 20, 2007
Credit: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

Country apple coleslaw Combine 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Add 1 (10-ounce) package coleslaw, 2 cups chopped apple, and 1/2 cup raisins; toss well to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Pumpernickel bread with honey butter 


Total time: 27 minutes

1. Cut kielbasa and vegetables for soup.

2. While kielbasa and vegetables cook, microwave dressing for slaw.

3. While soup simmers, chop apple for slaw.