Baked beans and sausage soup...

This is something I make almost without thinking now. It's a kind of dish I just put together on those days when you need something comforting, warm, easy and quick to make. This soup is also perfect for those days when you have a little bit more than just a light in the fridge (or only a light...). We always have few cans of baked beans in the cupboard, and we also have few sausages in the freezer, onion will find its way to the chopping board too ;) It's also a soup that Baby J will eat - which is a huge plus, that we don't have to cook something different for her. Even though it's kind of 'frugal' soup it's one of my favourite too - I like that smokiness coming from fried sausages and smoked paprika, very comforting and very warming too :)

How to make it...
- 2 cans of baked beans
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- about 3 sausages, any kind of sausages will do (even the vegetarian ones)
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 1/2 teaspoon dry basil, or few fresh leaves, teared
- 1/4 teaspoon dry thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon fresh leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper

Take a big pot and heat the oil. Fry the onion and garlic, till just soft. Add the sausages and fry till golden brown (you might want to take out the onion/garlic from the pot before frying the sausages so it won't burn). When your sausages are nicely browned add the baked beans and once you do it, take one of the cans and pour it whole of the water. Add the water to your soup. Add the tomato puree, all the herbs, paprika and season to taste (be careful with the salt as many of the baked beans are already salty, and remember that your sausages are too). Bring to the boil and simmer until the carrot is soft and all the different tastes had a chance to mix properly. Try for seasoning just before serving. Serve hot.


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