White Bean & Toucinho Soup

Submitted by: Dallas Bergen
A hearty bean soup with Toucinho (Portuguese bacon).

Serves: 8

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Ingredients

1/2 Lb Toucinho (diced)
3/4 cup dried White Beans
3/4 cup dried Navy Beans
1/2 cup black-eyed beans
1/2 cup lentils
5 cloves of garlic (minced)
3/4 cup diced potato
1/2 cup choppped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 bay leaves
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil

Method

Soak the dried beans for a few hours.

In large stock pot, combine the toucinho, garlic, onion and celery. Add 1 oz of water and cook over high heat for a few minutes. Then add 2 L of water and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer. The longer the soup simmers the better the flavour. I usually simmer it for several hours. Allow soup to cool and skim the hardened pork fat. Do this before each serving.

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