Today’s recipe is a wholesome and rustic smoked turkey bean soup. I enjoy this soup on an early Saturday evening, and so do my friends, when they time their visits right.
This is a simple soup, with only a little work soaking the pinto beans overnight. Once the beans are soaked, smoked turkey bean soup is a one pot meal that requires the addition of just a few vital ingredients and a couple of hours simmering.
I have a hard time leaving this soup alone while it’s cooking, because it’s so darn tasty! It’s the smoked turkey, it beckons you to the stove. I used a sliced turkey drumstick, but any meaty cut of a smoked turkey will do. Your kitchen will be filled with a smokey meaty scent as soon as the flavors begin to release when cooking. That smell alone will open up your appetite and have you excited about getting your very own bowl of smoked turkey bean soup.
If you are a fond of hot and spicy, you can add some slices of your favorite chili. Sliced fresh chillies will truly upgrade this smokey soup, but only if you enjoy spicy food, of course.
You can also garnish with lemon – I wish I thought of that before I took these pics! But just a small wedge, you don’t want to overpower your soup.
This is a very simple soup, but you can make it simpler. This soup will you yours in minutes if you use canned beans instead of dried. Enjoy.