Маcedonian Bean Soup

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White kidney bean soup in its original version is made from beans from the Tetovo region in Macedonia.

Тетовски Грав. Tetovo Beans.

Тетовски Грав. Tetovo Beans.

Маcedonian Bean Soup Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb. white kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic bud, crushed
  • 2 onions, chopped very fine
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped very fine (optional)
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • mint

Маcedonian Bean Soup Recipe Preparation

Macedonian white kidney bean soup.

Macedonian white kidney bean soup.

Wash beans, cover with 2 quarts of cold water; boil until beans are soft to touch, about 2 1/2 hours. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in oil until soft, about 10 minutes; add tomatoes, paprika and salt. Cook about 10 minutes longer; combine with cooked beans. Sprinkle with black pepper and crushed mint.

Cooking Hint. Never add salt to beans while boiling. It increases the cooking time. Beans may be soaked in cold water several hours or overnight for faster cooking.

Beans from Tetovo

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