Zwei-Bohnenensuppe (Two Bean Soup)

Course : German
Serves: 4
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1 1/4 cups white beans -- dry
4 ounces ham -- cubed
1 cup cut green beans -- *
1/4 cup celery -- diced
1 medium green onion -- diced
1 medium Onion yellow -- diced
1 medium potato -- peeled and diced
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons unbleached flour
3/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 piece parsley -- sprig

Preparation / Directions:

* Beans can be either fresh or frozen. Do not use canned. Cover white beans with cold water and soak overnight. Drain and place beans in a 2-quart saucepan. Add ham and enough cold water to cover beans by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil and simmer for about 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add green beans, celery, onion and potato. Add enough water to cover the vegetables; simmer for 20 minutes. In a frying pan melt butter and stir in flour. Cook, stirring until lightly browned. Remove from heat and stir in heat beef broth. Cook mixture until smooth. Stir mixture into the soup and simmer until soup is thickened and vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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