I want to make a bean soup and noticed the 15-bean variety bag at my local grocer. The beautiful beans came in different shapes and colors. When using any dry beans I usually soak them with plain water overnight. This process helps soften them and make them quicker to cook. Recently I made a batch of soup and I still have some left over fresh ingredients that needed to be used. I just hate to waste good food.
~2 lbs pork bones
16 C water
1 lb dry 15-bean bag, soaked overnight, drained off water
3 medium carrots (about 2 C), diced
2 celery ribs (about 1 C), diced
1 small bunch of parsley (1 1/4 C), chopped (plus more to garnish)
1/2 large onion (about 1 C), chopped
1 scallion, chopped
6 oz cooked ham, diced
2 tsp salt
1) In a large pot add the bones and enough water to cover them. Once the liquid starts to boil, turn the heat slightly lower and let it gently boil for about 5 minutes. Remove the bones and wash them well. Rinse the pot to remove the scum.
2) Return the cleaned bones back into the pot, add 16 cups water, beans, carrots, celery, parsley, onion, scallions and ham. Cook until the liquid boils then turn down heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft to your liking. Add salt according to your taste. Garnish with extra chopped or whole parsley leaves.
|an assortment of 15-bean|
|my parents walking along the river|
near their home (Fall 2014, Maine)