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Black Bean Soup

by MSTY Writer Staff

Beans Are Good For You


Beans can be a guilt-free source of protein and fiber which is absolutely beneficial for lowering cholesterol. One of the most popular recipes is black bean soup. There's absolutely nothing like a good black bean soup on a cold winter's day. Add a bit of ham to the mix and serve with cornbread and you just might find yourself in black bean soup heaven.

Ingredients

Here's what you will need to pull this masterpiece off:

2 cups of dry black beans
1 ham bone
6-8 cups of water
 4 cups of chicken broth
1 tablespoon of salt
2/3 teaspoon of pepper
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or olive oil)
1 onion, chopped
1 diced tomato
1/2 cup of chopped ham
1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar
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Preparation

Simmer those beans, ham bone, broth and salt for 1- 1/2 hours.  After 1- 1/2 hours, get rid of that ham bone. Take out half of the soup and puree, then return the puree back to the pot. Saute onion, celery, tomato and chopped ham in oil until your onion becomes translucent or soft. Stir in vinegar, and add mixture to beans. Simmer for 20 minutes. Lower the heat and allow it remain warm or serve as is hot. Top it off with sour cream or a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

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