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French Peasant Soup

Hello everyone,
     This recipe is from the Delicious Online site from a recipe by
Claire Criscuolo.

French Peasant Soup
         Serves 8

         This savory soup is created with an abundance of seasonal

         PREP TIME: 20 minutes
         COOKING TIME: 2 1/2 hours

              4 quarts water 
              12 ounces Great Northern beans, picked over 
              1 small onion, chopped 
              8 cloves garlic, minced 
              1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 
              1 bay leaf 
              1/4 teaspoon dried basil 
              6 carrots, chopped 
              1/2 bunch celery, chopped 
              1/4 cup chopped parsley 
              1 small head green cabbage, chopped 
              5 medium potatoes, diced 
              Salt to taste 
              1 teaspoon black pepper 

  1. Bring water to a boil in a large covered pot. Add beans, reduce
heat to medium and cook uncovered 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

  2. Add onion, garlic,  thyme, bay leaf, basil, carrots, celery,
parsley and cabbage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 11/2
hours, stirring frequently, until beans are nearly tender.
 3. Add potatoes, salt and pepper. Continue simmering 30 to 45 minutes,
 until beans are very soft and the soup is thick. Adjust seasonings to