Red Bean and Bacon Soup Recipe

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Red Bean and Bacon Soup
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  1. In a heavy kettle cook the bacon over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is crisp, transfer it to paper towels to drain, and reserve it. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the fat and in the remaining fat cook the onion, the garlic, the bay leaf, the chili powder, the cuminseed, and the cayenne, stirring, until the onion is softened. Add the celery, the carrot, the beans, 4 cups of the broth, and 2 cups water and simmer the soup, covered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender. Add the tomatoes with the reserved juice and simmer the soup, covered, for 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and force the soup in batches through a food mill into a large saucepan. Stir in the Sherry, salt and pepper to taste, and the additional broth or water to thin the soup to the desired consistency, simmer the soup for 5 minutes, and serve it with the reserved bacon, the scallion greens, and the sour cream.
  2. To quick-soak dried beans: In a colander rinse the beans under cold water and discard any discolored ones. In a kettle combine the beans with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches, bring the water to a boil, and boil the beans for 2 minutes. Remove the kettle from the heat and let the beans soak, covered, for 1 hour.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 192.4 Kcal (806 kJ)
Calories from fat 28.16 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.13g 5%
Sodium 324.21mg 14%
Potassium 705.31mg 15%
Total Carbs 27.36g 9%
Sugars 2.66g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7.06g 28%
Protein 9.3g 19%
Vitamin C 10.3mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 2.8mg 15%
Calcium 54.3mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 104.08 Kcal (436 kJ)
Calories from fat 15.23 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.69g 5%
Sodium 175.38mg 14%
Potassium 381.53mg 15%
Total Carbs 14.8g 9%
Sugars 1.44g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3.82g 28%
Protein 5.03g 19%
Vitamin C 5.6mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 6%
Iron 1.5mg 15%
Calcium 29.4mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3.3
  • 4

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • good source of fiber

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