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Basque Vegetable Soup

This is a hearty soup widely served here, especially at the many restaurants specializing in Basque cuisine. It's a nice way to use the abundant vegetables that are available this time of year. Give it a try this harvest season.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 12 ounces smoked Polish sausage, sliced
  • 2 cups navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce


  • In Dutch oven, slowly bring chicken and water to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender. Remove chicken; set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Strain broth and skim fat. Return broth to Dutch oven. Add the leeks, carrots, turnip, onion, potato, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, remove chicken from bones; discard bones and skin. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces; add to the Dutch oven. Add the sausage, beans and cabbage. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomato sauce; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 288 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 914mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • jammin gm
    Jul 27, 2013

    Kind of cool today. Making the soup to take to my sons house tomorrow. My house smells divine. Did not change a thing. Oh and soup tastes awesome. This is a keeper.

  • meiti
    Jan 3, 2013

    This soup sounds very good but I have a question. Are the beans already cooked? It doesn't seem like they would cook in 30 min.

  • MakeAllTheThings
    Nov 26, 2012

    I adore this soup! I change it up by using pre-made broth and chicken (roasted or slow cooked) and will add turnips when in season at my local store. It is such a hardy and delicious soup. I may be the only one that adores the soup as much in my house but I will make it over and over again.

  • cheroliver
    Sep 21, 2011

    I give this 5 stars although I did change it up a bit. I used about 5 cups of beef stock and 4 cups of water, left out the leeks and chicken, and used the Bar S polish sausages. It made it a lot faster, and it tasted really good. Even my kids loved it.

  • karen1965B
    Nov 3, 2009

    Nice twist on sausage and beans! Full of vegetable goodness as well!