Navy ‘n French Green Bean Soup

Ed Note: I made this soup last night to serve at Mentoring Moms. It smelled as good as turkey baking in the oven according to my daughter.

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Soups and Muffins by Sue Gregg

Makes 8 Servings

Soak beans in water during the day or overnight:

8 cups water
2 cups navy or small white beans

Bring undrained beans to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to keep at very gentle boil for 1 hour or until beans are tender.

Drain the beans, reserving the bean liquid.

Combine in large stock pot:

2 Cups of the cooked beans
2 Cups Chicken Broth
3 Cups bean liquid plus water as needed
1-2 tsp salt or to taste
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 4 oz can green chili, finely chopped
½ tsp dry mustard
2 bay leaves (optional)

In a blender, puree the remaining cooked beans with liquid. Add the following ingredients to the soup pot, cooking about 10 minutes longer to blend flavors and heat ingredients:

Remaining cooked navy beans
1 cup water
2 cups frozen French cut green beans (10 oz) or canned
2 cups chopped cooked chicken

Serve with crusty bread or corn bread.

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