Instead of starting with a hambone (which you won’t have unless you’ve just eaten a baked ham) and dried beans (which require significant soaking and simmering time), simply open cans of chicken broth and beans. Minced prosciutto instantly transforms commercial chicken broth into a ham-flavored soup base. Italian sausage reinforces the pork flavor and makes the soup substantial and satisfying. Mashing some of the canned beans thickens the soup and gives it the body of one that’s been long simmered. Sauteed onions, carrots and celery add depth of flavor and ensure the soup’s homemade feel.

Instead of starting with a hambone (which you won’t have unless you’ve just eaten a baked ham) and dried beans (which require significant soaking and simmering time), simply open cans of chicken broth and beans. Minced prosciutto instantly transforms commercial chicken broth into a ham-flavored soup base. Italian sausage reinforces the pork flavor and makes the soup substantial and satisfying. Mashing some of the canned beans thickens the soup and gives it the body of one that’s been long simmered. Sauteed onions, carrots and celery add depth of flavor and ensure the soup’s homemade feel.

A comforting bean soup with spicy sausage and leafy kale. Easy to put together and delicious on a cold winter’s day. You can substitute other sausage, onion instead of shallots, and other greens for the kale, and it will still be tasty!

A comforting bean soup with spicy sausage and leafy kale. Easy to put together and delicious on a cold winter’s day. You can substitute other sausage, onion instead of shallots, and other greens for the kale, and it will still be tasty!

This lively summer recipe can be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with chicken or fish as a fresh and flavorful side dish. Made with corn, black beans, tomato, onion, pepper, and avocado, this salsa has the most amazing balance of textures in a great presentation.

This lively summer recipe can be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with chicken or fish as a fresh and flavorful side dish. Made with corn, black beans, tomato, onion, pepper, and avocado, this salsa has the most amazing balance of textures in a great presentation.

Shrimp, kidney beans, tomatoes with chiles, and cream of mushroom soup combine to make this soup an easy-to-make crowd pleaser that looks and tastes like soup from a fine restaurant. Serve with Garlic Toast to make it a complete meal.

Shrimp, kidney beans, tomatoes with chiles, and cream of mushroom soup combine to make this soup an easy-to-make crowd pleaser that looks and tastes like soup from a fine restaurant. Serve with Garlic Toast to make it a complete meal.

Black beans mingle with onions, peppers, garlic, cornmeal, and spices in this tasty taco filling. Try it in burritos or as a dip for tortilla chips. No black beans? Red, pink, or pinto beans are great subs.

Black beans mingle with onions, peppers, garlic, cornmeal, and spices in this tasty taco filling. Try it in burritos or as a dip for tortilla chips. No black beans? Red, pink, or pinto beans are great subs.