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Hearty Irish Beef Soup

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Ingredients
  Baby lima beans 8 Ounce, dried
  Dried baby lima beans 8 Ounce
  Beef marrow bones with meat 3 Pound, cut 1 inch thick
  Beef bone marrow with meat 3 Pound, cut 1 inch thick
  Water 5 Quart
  Coarse salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon, coarsely ground
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coarsely chopped onions 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onions 2 Cup (32 tbs), coarsely chopped
  Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm), thinly sliced
  Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm), thinly slivered
  Leeks 2 , trimmed, rinsed well, and coarsely chopped
  Leeks 2 , trimmed, rinsed well and coarsely chopped
  Celery 2 Cup (32 tbs), coarsely chopped
  Coarsely chopped celery 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Parsnips 2 Small, peeled and coarsely chopped
  Coarsely chopped carrots 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Carrots 2 Cup (32 tbs), coarsely chopped
  Canned plum tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Plum tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Fresh thyme sprigs 8
  Fresh thyme sprig 8
  Bay leaf 1
  Cubed cabbage 4 Cup (64 tbs), cut into 1-inch pieces
  Cabbage 4 Cup (64 tbs), cut into 1 inch pieces
  Green beans 8 Ounce, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  Green beans 8 Ounce, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  Flat-leaf parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), coarsely chopped
  Coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a bowl, soak lima beans overnight.
2. Clean beef bones with cold water.

MAKING
3. In a large soup pot, place beef bones and add water.
4. Bring it to a boil.
5. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Partially cover the pot.
8. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
9. Add drained lima beans to the pot.
10. Add onion, garlic, leeks, celery, parsnips, carrots, tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaf.
11. Simmer partially covered for 2 hours.
12. Add the cabbage and green beans.
13. Uncover and simmer for another 45 minutes.
14. Spoon out the meat bones from the pot.
15. Separate the meat from the bones and discard bones.
16. Return the meat back to the pot.
17. Add parsley.
18. Simmer uncovered for another 5 minutes.

SERVING
19. Serve hot in bowls.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Holiday, Healthy
Ingredient: 
Beef
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
230 Minutes
Ready In: 
240 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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