I was a guest over at Call Me PMc recently and shared this post with Paula's readers. I am reposting it here for anyone who missed it!
Cooler weather has started to settle here in Eastern NC. Our highs have been in the 70's and 80's during the day and the lows are in the 50's and 60's at night. (We even had one night in the low 40's!!) The cooler days and nights have been a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of summer. We may still have a few days here and there of the warmer temperatures, but I think our summer is mostly over ... and really, I am ok with that.
When the weather starts getting cooler, my mind automatically thinks comfort food and soup. Does anyone else do this, too? I tend to want food that is more substantial and filling ... a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.
You can easily use ham or Lil' Smokies in place of the smoked sausage in this recipe. I have also been known to add chopped carrots to the mix. When we want Ham and Bean soup, this is the same base I use, with additional liquid (water or chicken broth) to make it "soupy". Sometimes, instead of the tomatoes, I'll add a spoon or two of tomato paste - to make it more like the Bean and Bacon soup you get in a can. From time to time, I'll omit the tomatoes or tomato paste all together. There are plenty of ways to change this up for your family and their tastes.