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Gary's Simple Bean Soup

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Category: Soups, Beans

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tb Butter
  • 2 Carrots; peeled or scraped
  • 2 Stalks celery
  • 1 lg Onion
  • 5 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 ts Ground thyme
  • 1 lb White beans; dried
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Ham bone


Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Put the carrots,
celery, onion, and garlic in a food processor and process till still a
little chunky (about 1/4 inch chunks). Transfer to the soup pot and cook
for 5 minutes. Add thyme and cook 5 minutes more.

Add 1/2 gallon cold water, the ham bone, and the beans. Bring to a boil;
then turn the heat down to a simmer (about 2 on electric stove), cover, and
cook for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, adding more water to keep the beans
covered by 1 inch. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

NOTES : Gary's other possibilities: Use 1 1/2 T curry, adding half instead
of thyme and half with the salt and pepper. Add a peeled chopped tomato.
Add some sausage (this is good). Finely mince 6 coriander leaves and cook
with the soup. Pass a bowl of grated Monterey jack cheese or sour cream
with the soup. Serve with French bread.

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