A taste of the south with beans from the north

The Hamilton Spectator - - YOUNG AT HEART -

On­tario bean grow­ers grow some of the best white pea beans (or navy beans) in the world. Added to this Cre­ole-in­spired recipe, they bump up the pro­tein and fi­bre con­tent to make for a de­li­cious fill­ing soup. Cre­ole-Style Bean Soup Prep time: 10 min­utes Cook time: 90 min­utes Makes: 4 serv­ings In­gre­di­ents:

• 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) white pea beans, soaked and drained • 3 cups (750 mL) chicken broth • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced cooked ham or smoked sausage • 2 stalks cel­ery, diced • 1 onion, chopped • 1 clove gar­lic, minced • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) pep­per • 1 bay leaf • 1 tsp (5 mL) thyme • 1 tsp Worces­ter­shire sauce • 1 can (540 mL) toma­toes • 1 can (./156 mL) tomato paste • 1 tbsp (15 mL) dry mus­tard • 1 (300g) pack frozen okra, partly thawed and sliced

• 1 cup medium-sized shrimp, fresh or thawed frozen

• 2-3 drops hot pep­per sauce (op­tional) Di­rec­tions:

1. In a large saucepan com­bine beans with broth. Cover and bring to boil. Re­duce heat, sim­mer 45 min­utes un­til beans are ten­der.

2. Add ham, cel­ery, onion, gar­lic, sea­son­ings and sauces. Break up toma­toes; mix with tomato paste and mus­tard; stir into bean mix­ture. Sim­mer 15 to 20 min­utes.

3. Bring to boil; add okra and cook 6 to 8 min­utes. Stir in shrimp, cook 3 to 4 min­utes un­til shrimp and okra are cooked. Serve with whole grain bread or corn­meal muffins.

Find more recipes on­line at on­tar­i­obeans.on.ca. (NC)

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