Angie kindly sent us her recipe for a hearty beef and white bean soup. This makes good use of your stored dry white beans, or canned beans.
- 2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubed pieces
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 cups sliced or chopped carrot
- 4 garlic cloves, minced or grated
- 2 tablespoons Canola oil, divided
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
- 3 or 4 whole bay leaves
- 32 ounces beef broth
- 5 cups of dried white beans, soaked overnight. These should swell to just over 6 cups. Alternatively, you may use three cans (15.8-ounce cans) of Bush brand Cannellini Beans, drained.
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil and heat to a ripple.
- Add beef to pan and brown on all sides, working in batches if needed. Remove the beef from pan.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan and heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Return beef to the pan. over the sauteed mixture. Stir in the water, bean, salt, black pepper, thyme, sage, bay leaves, and beef broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until beef is tender.
- Remove and discard the bay leaves.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Other varieties of beans can be substituted.
For extra creaminess: Use a potato masher to crush about half of the beans after the soup has cooked for one hour.
For an electric crock pot, prepare as above, but then transfer to a slow cooker once all ingredients have been added. Slow cook the soup for at least three hours. It may be slow-cooked for 8 to 10 hours on a low setting, if you add an extra cup of water or broth.
Once cooked, this soup stores well refrigerated for up to three days. After that, feed it to your chickens, or compost it.
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