Soups and Stews Phase 2 - Senatorial Bean Soup

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06-22-2004, 04:14 PM
Senatorial Bean Soup
From Cooking Light

For decades this soup has been served in the cafeteria of our nation's Capitol. If you prefer a smooth, creamy texture, purée all of the soup. It's even better when refrigerated several hours, and then reheated. (Use Smart Balance or a similar margerine with no trans-fats to make this truly SBD aware that the nut'l info is for regular margarine.)

1 cup dried navy beans
2 tablespoons margarine
Cooking spray
2 1/2 cups chopped leek
2 cups sliced carrot
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup diced cooked ham (such as Light & Lean)
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups water
2 teaspoons chicken-flavored bouillon granules
1 teaspoon beef-flavored bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
2 bay leaves
Celery leaves (optional)

Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil. Cook the beans 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let beans stand 1 hour. Drain beans.
Melt margarine in pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add leek and next 4 ingredients (leek through garlic); sauté 10 minutes. Add beans, 8 cups water, bouillon granules, sage, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer mixture 1 1/2 hours or until beans are very tender. Discard bay leaves.

Place half of soup in a blender; process until smooth. Pour puréed mixture into remaining soup in pan, and cook over medium-low heat 30 minutes. Garnish with celery leaves, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

CALORIES 174 (24% from fat); FAT 4.7g (satfat 1.1g, monofat 1.7g, polyfat 1.2g); PROTEIN 10g; CARBOHYDRATE 24.5g; FIBER 4g; CHOLESTEROL 9mg; IRON 2.5mg; SODIUM 525mg; CALCIUM 77mg;
Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 1997