White Bean Soup Recipe
One of the best homemade dried white bean soup recipes with ham and beef.
Put two quarts of dried white beans to soak the night before you
make the soup, which should be put on as early in the day as possible.
Take two pounds of the lean of fresh beef, the coarse pieces will
do. Cut them up and put them into your soup-pot with the bones belonging
to them (which should be broken in pieces), and a pound of lean
bacon, cut very small. If you have the remains of a piece of beef
that has been roasted the day before, and so much underdone
that the juices remain in it, you may put it into the pot and its
bones along with it. Season the meat with pepper only, and pour
on it six quarts of water.
As soon as it boils, take off the scum, and put in the beans (having
first drained them) and a head of celery cut small, or a tablespoonful
of pounded celery seed. Boil it slowly till the meat is done to
shreds, and the beans all dissolved. Then strain it through a colander
into the tureen, and put into it small squares of toasted bread
with the crust cut off.