Contributed by Catsrecipes Y-Group

  • Cookbook: How to Cook Everything
  • Typed by: Susan

Additions Edit

Like vegetable soups, bean soups are receptive to a wide variety of additions. Try, for example:

  1. Scraps of smoked meats, such as ham or bacon (or cook the beans with a ham bone).
  2. Precooked vegetables of any type, as long as the flavor does not conflict with that of the soup. Onions, carrots, and celery are almost always appropriate.
  3. Any croutons.
  4. A teaspoon or more of minced garlic or scallions, added about two minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  5. Any spice you like, from jalapenos or other chiles to lots of black pepper to curry powder or other spice mixtures.
  6. Diced fresh tomatoes as a garnish.
  7. Bean cooking liquid used in place of some or all of the liquid in the soup for a stronger bean flavor.
  8. Freshly chopped herbs or quick-cooking greens.
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