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White Bean Soup

A healthy and satisfying soup for a cold day

This is a healthier soup than the chowder. Beans, which are the main ingredient of this soup, are one of nature’s super foods. They provide your body with a huge amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Also, they take a long time to breakdown, so when you have a bowl of this soup, you’ll stay full for a long time. And, the most important thing…it tastes great.

bowl of clam chowderFor this recipe, you will need:
• 1 pound of dry great northern beans (sometimes called white beans)
• 7 cups of water
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil (you can also use canola oil)
• 4 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
• 1 cup of onion, chopped
• 1 can of chopped tomatoes (14 ounces)
• 1/2 pound of ham, chopped (use thick ham if you can…not the lunch meat)
• salt and pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine the dried beans with the 7 cups of water. Put plastic wrap over the top of the bowl and let them soak overnight. The next day, pour the beans into a strainer and give them a rinse under the sink.

2. In a large saucepan or heavy soup kettle, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot (but not smoking), add the carrots, onions, and ham. Let them cook in the oil for five minutes, stirring every now and then, but not too much.

3. After the five minutes, add the beans and can of tomatoes (including the juice in the can) and stir everything together. Add water until everything in the pot is covered. There is no exact measurement for this part. Let everything come to a boil.

4. Once it does, put a lid on the pot, turn the heat down to low, and let the whole thing simmer for 6 hours. Once it’s done, add the salt and pepper. There is no need to measure, just keep adding little bits at a time until it tastes the way you and your guests like it. Enjoy!

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