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Kielbasa Bean Soup

I usually make double batch of this meaty vegetable soup and freeze some in serving-size containers. It makes a nice meal for busy days or unexpected guests. —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 3 quarts)


  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 pound smoked kielbasa or smoked Polish sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced


  • In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients except the sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add sausage and heat through. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 212 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 988mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • sunnyjewel
    Aug 21, 2020

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  • DesertBorn54
    Dec 24, 2019

    I was a bit skeptical about adding the garlic, onion, and celery without first sauteing them, but it turned out great. I substituted green beans for the zucchini since I knew there would be leftovers and I don't like how limp zucchini can get after a while. I only had red and orange bell peppers in the house and used them in place of the green peppers. Next time I will increase the water by one cup and slightly increase the seasonings to make up for the added water. Delicious and easy!

  • roseholste
    Mar 8, 2016

    Took this to our Lenten supper at church tonight. It was a huge hit. I have made it before and froze it in 2 serving portions for my husband and I. Wonderful recipe.

  • Jpeck93
    Nov 2, 2011

    This was hit with the entire family! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • pdmgeg
    Oct 19, 2011

    This was a thick, yummy soup! I had a red and orange pepper so I used those. Also had beef boullion and used the whole pound of sausage. When I make it again, I might add a little more water and seasoning to accommodate an extra can of beans. Very easy to make, too.

  • Nanna48
    Nov 30, 2009

    I have made this soup for work a couple of times and have had requests for the recipe both times. It has a very good flavor and is easy to make.