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Tasty Bean Soup

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Ingredients
  Dried haricot beans 12 Ounce, soaked overnight in cold water to cover (375 Gram)
  Water 3 1⁄2 Pint (2 Liter)
  Carrot 1 , chopped
  Onion 1 , quartered
  Bouquet garni 1
  Cooked smoked ham 4 Ounce (125 Gram)
  Butter 1 1⁄2 Ounce (40 Gram)
  Shallots 2 Small, finely chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Chopped parsley 1 Tablespoon
  Parsley sprigs 4 (For Garnish)
  Croutons 4 Ounce (125 Gram, For Serving)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

1. Drain the beans in a colander, rinse under cold running water and drain again.
2. Put the beans into a large saucepan with the measured water and bring to the boil over a moderate heat. Boil for 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are just tender. Add the carrot, onion, bouquet garni and ham and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove and discard the bouquet garni. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to the pan and reheat over a moderate heat.
3. Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, add the shallots and garlic and cook gently until golden but not brown. Add the parsley and mix together quickly. Add the shallot mixture to the bean puree.
4. Mix well with a wooden spoon, season well with salt and pepper, then pour into warmed soup bowls. Sprinkle with croutons and garnish with parsley sprigs.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean

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