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Peasant Bean Soup

 Peasant Bean Soup
This is an extra-good hearty soup. I often serve it to my church circle of over 100 members. After dinner, I'm always asked for this special recipe.
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 1-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried great northern beans, washed and sorted
  • 2-1/2 quarts cold water, divided
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Soak beans overnight in 2 qts. water.
  • Add remaining water to softened beans and bring to a boil; reduce
  • heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients; simmer 1 hour or until beans are
  • tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving equals 263 calories, 5 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 774 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 15 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 meat, 1/2 fat.