Country Bean Soup
1 (15-ounce) can Light Red Kidney Beans
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and sliced
2 medium-sized turnips, peeled and sliced
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 large leek, cleaned and chopped, using all but the last inch of dark green
2 celery stalks, sliced
8 cups homemade or canned chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 thick slices from a large loaf of French bread, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil or parsley
In a deep pot, over medium heat, melt the margarine. Add the carrots, turnips, onions, leek, and celery and cook, covered, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes. Do not brown. Pour in the chicken broth. Over low heat, cook, covered, for 35 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the beans. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon soup over the toasted bread in individual bowls. Lightly sprinkle with chervil or parsley.
Servings per recipe: 8
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