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       Title: Navy Bean Soup - Page 42 (And 23-26)
  Categories: Soups/stews, Vegetables
       Yield: 3 Servings
  
     1/2 lb Dried navy or pea beans
       2 tb Butter
       1    Onion, chopped
       1    Clove garlic, mashed
       1 c  Carrots, chopped
       1 c  Celery with leaves, chopped
     1/2 c  Tomato puree
       2 c  Vegetable broth/boullion
       1    Bay leaf
     1/4 ts Dried thyme
       1 tb Chopped fresh parsley
     1/8 ts White pepper
            Salt
     1/4 c  Cream
     1/2 c  Milk
  
   Cook beans according to basic directions using 4 cups water, until
   very soft. (Basic Directions - Rinse and drain beans; add triple
   their volume of cold water; bring to full boil, cover, and cook for
   one minute. Skim foam while boiling.  Remove from heat and let stand
   for two hours or longer. After soaking period, drain and add fresh
   water; bring to slow boil and cook slowly to desired softness.
   Approximate cooking time after soaking - Lentils about ten minutes;
   split peas about thirty minutes; beans about one hour; chick-peas
   about three hours.
   
   Melt butter over medium heat in a soup kettle. Saute onion and garlic
   until onion is transparent.
   
   Add the carrots, celery, tomato puree, broth, bay leaf, and thyme.
   Cook mixture until vegetables are very tender.
   
   Shortly before serving, add beans with bean broth, parsley, salt, and
   pepper.
   
   Bring soup to a boil.  Add cream and milk and heat to boiling point,
   but do not boil.  Serve immediately with whole grain bread. Serves 3
   or 4.
   
   Source: Bean Banquets (641.6G-Exton)
  
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