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    White Bean/Corn Soup

    Sorry folks this isn’t a quick recipe, it’s going to take a day or two but the results will be great. The good thing about this one is that you actually get 2 for 1 deal. First the beans then the soup. The beans work well as a side dish or main meal and using them to create a this Bean/Corn Soup you can’t go wrong.

    You will need:

    One pound dry white beans (I used pinto).
    Two large bay leaves.
    Four sprigs fresh thyme
    Sea Salt/Fresh Pepper
    Two smoked ham hock/shanks (I used a Hungarian Style Shank).
    Two medium sized sweet onions – 1/4 inch dice.
    Two medium sized red bell pepper – 1/8 inch dice.
    One small habanero pepper, seeds removed – finely diced.
    One large package frozen corn kernels
    Low sodium chicken broth

    Start with the beans, in a container large enough to hold the entire package and enough water to cover soak beans for 12 hours or overnight.

    Once soaked drain them and place in a large stock pot with enough water to cover by at least two inches. Add all the remaining ingredients except the corn kernels and chicken stock. Bring pot to a slow boil and turn heat down to a low setting. It will take a while to cook but this slow method will help to thicken the final product without the need for a roux or other thickener.

    The beans should be done when the ham hock/shank meat separates from the bone. You can also tell by taking a few out of the pot and taste, they should be just at the al denté stage. At this point you have a great pot of beans. You can portion out several meals using some for a side and some for the soup.

    Now the soup part. Depending on how many servings you want to make remove a sufficient quantity of the beans and place in another stock pot. Add the packaged corn kernels and chicken stock. How much chicken stock to use is a personal choice. The more stock you use will produce a thinner soup. Some recipes might suggest that you blend a portion of the soup however I find that this is an unnecessary step.

    Enjoy!

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