Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Green Bean Soup (Mennonite Family Recipe)

Here's the Green Bean Soup that I talked about in the One Hour Bread post. It's an old favorite family recipe that's been passed down through at least a few generations. If you know anything about Mennonites, you probably know they LOVE food. I hope to share a few of our favorite Mennonite family recipes in the future, keep an eye out.
So here it is...
Bean Soup
  • Ham Bone ( I usually wait until I have a couple)
  • Summer Savory 2 Tbsp (I use a small bundle of fresh/frozen from the garden)
  • Parsley Root -2 peices-not to be confused with regular parsley (I often don't have this on hand and the soup turns out fine, sometimes I'll add a tsp of regular parsley)
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 large cans of grean beans including juice (my recipe calls for "Omie's beans", which are my grandmothers home canned beans. Nothing beats home canned beans, but I had to use regular canned beans this time, and it still turned out good)
  • 5+ Potatoes (Peeled and cut into bite sized chunks)
  • Whipping Cream 1/2 cup
  1. Place bone in large saucepan and empty in bean juice (not beans). Almost cover bone with water, add summer savory, onion, and parsley root and put on to boil for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. After at least 2 hours take out bone and put in potatoes and cook for 1/2 hour.
  3. Add beans and whipping cream and bring to a boil.

Ta Da! The soup is ready. We like to add a bit more whipping cream to our own soup bowls and a little salt.

Best with homemade bread for dipping. ;)

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