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Boston Black Bean Soup

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Dried black beans
  • 2 qt Water
  • 1 tb Salt
  • 1 tb Butter
  • 2 tb Flour
  • 1/2 tb Minced yellow onion
  • 1/8 ts Black pepper
  • 1/8 ts Dry mustard
  • 1 c Whipping cream
  • 6 sl Lemon; thin
  • 6 Whole cloves
  • 1 Egg; hard-boiled & sliced,
  • -for garnish
  • 1/2 c Dry sherry (optional)


This soup has been popular in Boston for many generations. The colonists
grew many kinds of beans for drying. This is the only way you could get
through the New England winter. I think this soup could help you get
through any difficulty.

Soak the beans overnight in ample water. Drain. Place in a 4-quart soup
pot and add the 2 quarts water and salt. Cook until soft, about 2 hours,
covered. Pur”še mixture in a food processor, using the beans and a little of
the water. Return the bean pur”še and all of the water to the pot and simmer
15 minutes.

In a small saucepan melt the butter and stir in the flour. Cook for a
moment and add the onion, pepper, and mustard. Stir in the cream and
simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened. Add this to
the bean pur”še. Heat all just to the boiling point, being careful not to
scorch the soup.

Serve in shallow bowls with a slice of lemon, a clove, and a slice of
hard-boiled egg in each bowl. I also like to add a bit of dry sherry to the
pot before dishing up the soup.


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