Thursday, February 17, 2011

Old Recipe File: White Beans

When I was little, I remember my mom making "soup beans" when we had a fresh ham bone (always after Easter, but other times, too). When I saw this great recipe it sounded like the delicious, comforting "soup beans" from Mom's crock pot. Gotta make a pan of corn bread and cut up a "good onion", too! Love you , Mom.

White Beans

1 1/2 dried white beans
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 C chopped carrots
1/2 C chopped celery
6 to 8 C water
1 tsp parsley
Ham bean, no meat
1 tsp white pepper

-Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2" above beans; let soak over night.
-Drain beans and set aside.
- Coat a large skillet with shortening. Place over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrots and celery. Saute until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
-Combine reserved beans and vegetable mixture in a large Dutch oven. Stir in water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Serve with quarters of sweet onion. Makes 6 cups.

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